How I wall-mounted an LCD

by Alex Kuretz on September 22, 2008 · 5 comments

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Update: I’ve been advised that the way I routed the power cable through the wall does not meet code, so I’ll recommend that you correctly install a wall outlet behind the TV and use proper in-wall rated cable rather than run the power cord through the wall as I show below.

I wanted to document the process I followed to wall-mount my LCD TV, so I took some pictures (not of the thumb I hit with the hammer) as I performed the work, and have shared them with you all! Here’s a pic of the work in progress, you’ll need to visit the forums to view the entire tutorial.

As always, leave comments or post in the forums if you have questions or feedback!

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I'm Alex Kuretz, and I'm the founder of I was the Lead Test and Integration Engineer at HP for the MediaSmart Server until April 2008 when I moved on to other opportunities outside HP. I've kept active in the Windows Home Server community, creating several add-ins and helping users make the most of their Home Servers.


Colin September 28, 2008 at 12:08 am

I have a friend who installs home theater systems for a living and he ended up doing my TV wall mount the exact same way (buidling codes be damned).

Sure it breaks the rules, but it sure makes it easy to get each and every wire I want to get from my closet to my TV connected without worrying if I have the proper port in my installed faceplate.

Alex Kuretz September 28, 2008 at 6:27 pm

Hi Colin, thanks for the feedback! I’ve heard a lot of the same thing from other users, though we had some really good discussion on the “right” way to do it in the forums, and I think in the not too distant future I’ll be running a new power cable in the wall to do it up to code.

It sure is nice having all the wires running out the gang plates, very easy to connect new devices!


Jesse May 11, 2009 at 10:44 pm

I am installing my new home theater and was wondering just how important Fire codes are? I remember reading something off about cables that comply with fire code safety (I believe they’re called CL2 Rated). Should I just go ahead and get In wall rated cables? I guess if nothing else, it will help if I ever have to sell the house.


Alex Kuretz May 18, 2009 at 11:03 pm

I think it’s best to go with the correctly rated, up to code cables so there’s no question down the road.

tmok2000 April 25, 2010 at 8:59 am

This may help you:

Same idea as your, but complies with fire code. You use a short run of two wire, 12 or 14 gauge, Romex inside the wall to connect the two. You also need two single gang electrical wall boxes for mounting. The result looks more professional. By the way, add a surge protector or power conditioner to protect your gears and TV at the same time.

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