Fix It Series: Part 2

Katelyn Preston January 27, 2017

In part two of our three-part Fix-It series, we're sharing some tips for wall-mounting a TV and replacing a door knob in a few simple steps.

Mount your flat-screen TV to the wall

Wall mounting a TV is a practical option for most people because it keeps the room clutter-free, freeing up precious floor and surface space. For many families, the TV is an investment and you probably think that calling in a professional is the only option, but trust us – you can do it yourself! These instructions will tell you how you can wall mount your flat-panel TV in about an hour.

What you need:

  • Power drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Level
  • Stud finder
  • Tape measure
  • Socket wrench
  • Pencil

Step 1: Attach mounting bracket to the TV

  • Remove the stand on the TV’s frame.
  • Attach the mounting arms to the mounting holes on the back of your TV, using screws provided with your mounting kit. Make sure not to go overboard with tightening, and never use a power drill. The two mounting brackets should be at the same level.
  • Place the TV on a sturdy surface with the screen side up to complete the next step.

Step 2: Decide the location

Choose a location with minimum glare (if your TV screen has an anti-glare screen protector, you won’t need to worry about this), and good visibility from all sitting areas in the room.

Using a stud finder, locate the two studs on the chosen wall area for mounting the television. If you live in an older home, you may not be able to use a stud finder to locate the studs. Instead, move a magnetic compass or attach the strongest magnet you can find to a length of string and hold it ¼ inch or less from the wall. The compass needle or magnet will become attracted by the metal of the nails in the stud.

Step 3: Attach the mount bracket to the wall

  • After locating the studs, mark each one with a pencil.
  • Measure the distance between the top and bottom holes on each mounting arm. Corresponding to these holes, mark two points in the center of each wall stud.
  • Using a level make sure that the mounting holes for each arm are even.
  • Drill holes using a power drill for the wall bracket screws.
  • Attach the wall bracket plate to the wall using the screws provided with the wall mount kit.

Step 4: Connect the wires

Attach the audio and video cables to the TV per the manufacturer’s instructions. However, if you’re attaching your TV to a fixed wall mount, it’s better to connect the cables to the TV before attaching it to the wall bracket.

Step 5: Mount the TV

Lock the TV mounting arms onto the wall bracket plate. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to secure the connections. Check if your TV installation is secure. Switch it on and test if all its functions are working correctly. Your family can now enjoy TV entertainment at a better viewing angle with less distractions from the clutter of a TV stand!

Replace a door knob

Changing a door knob is easier than you think. Just follow these steps!

What you need:

  • power drill
  • flat-head screwdriver
  • screws
  • door handle set with hardware

Step 1: Detach the old doorknob from the door

Remove the screws holding the doorknob in place. Typically, these screws are located on the inner side of the door, but if your doorknob has screws on the cover plates, remove those first to loosen the old knob. Some door knobs may have a small slot with a metal piece on the side of the handle. If your door knob is of this type, using a paperclip to push in on the metal piece will loosen the doorknob.

Step 2: Remove the underlying plate

Dislodging the doorknob will reveal the plate below. Look for a slot in the plate along the seam where it’s pressed against the door. Wedge a flathead screwdriver in the slot and then carefully give the plate a half twist so it pops off.

Step 3: Remove the old screws and latch

Now, you'll see the screws that need to be removed with a power drill. Unscrew the old latch by using a power drill or screwdriver.

Step 4: Install the new knob

Screw the new latch and doorknob in place. Test the new handle to make sure it works properly and you’re good to go!

In part three of our Fix-It Series, we’ll look at how to tighten a loose toilet base and clean hard water build-up from a showerhead