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How to Mount a Flat Screen TV in a Hollow Wall With Toggle Bolts

You can purchase a mounting bracket for most flat screen televisions. Due to the size of many flat screen TVs, standard drywall anchors will not withstand the weight, and you do not want your expensive television crashing to the ground. Take the time to install the flat screen mounting bracket with toggle bolts. Toggle bolts have a collapsible butterfly nut that spreads the weight of the television over a larger area. This helps to ensure that the television does not come crashing down.

A flat screen must attach to the wall with anchor bolts.

Step 1

Select the largest-diameter toggle bolts that will fit through the mounting holes on the flat screen mounting bracket. 


Step 2

Place the flat screen mounting bracket against the wall in a level position and at the height you want the television to rest when installed.  Mark each of the mounting holes on the wall with a pencil, and then set the mounting bracket off to the side.


Step 3

Drill a pilot hole through the drywall at each marked location.  The correct-size drill bit is indicated on the side of the collapsible butterfly toggle bolt.


Step 4

Remove the collapsible nuts from the toggle bolts.  Slide the toggle bolts through the mounting holes on the flat screen mounting bracket, and then thread the toggle bolts onto the ends of the bolts so the nuts collapse over the bolt and not away from it.


Step 5

Press the collapsible toggle bolts into the pilot holes.  When they go though the drywall, the bolts will expand.


Step 6

Tighten the bolts with a screwdriver.  As you tighten them, the butterfly nuts will press against the backside of the drywall and lock the mounting bracket in place.

Things You Will Need

  • Drill
  • Drill bit set
  • Screwdriver

Photo Credits

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