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How should I mount a TV stand on a wall covered in drywall? Should I trenail it to the wall?

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How heavy is the TV you will be putting on it? Drywall may not be strong enough to hold it without using the wall studs. –  chotchki Oct 15 '10 at 12:53
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I wouldn't hang my TV from the drywall. You really should put it in a stud.

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+1 ... definitely should hit a stud ... even the flatscreen TV's are pretty weighty when it comes to drywall, it would probably eventually tear through the drywall. –  Scott Vercuski Oct 15 '10 at 13:52
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Get an inexpensive stud finder or try using a knuckle or a small finish nail to find the studs. –  BrianK Oct 15 '10 at 18:04
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Depending on weight of the TV, you'll want to use at the very least something like a #10 2" screw into the studs. Often the wall mounts will come with even bigger lag screws (with a hex head) and again, those go into the studs. –  gregmac Oct 24 '10 at 17:50
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You MUST use a stud!!! End of story. –  Bill Oct 18 '11 at 23:07
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