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My contractor just installed our new 65 inch TV into our wall. The problem is it's about one inch too high. There are now 9 holes drilled into the wall, and only 2 holes is into wood. The rest is with plastic anchors into drywall. Would it be safe to remove these screws, patch the holes with wood filler, and remount the TV one inch below? The TV weighs 65 pounds and uses Samsung's no gap wall mount.

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    most wall mounts provide several holes to allow for finer adjustment than just keep drilling holes in the wall. Well, for the ones I bought anyway.
    – Solar Mike
    Jun 12, 2020 at 8:18
  • If the contractor didn't put the mount where it was specified to go, can you get the contractor back to do the job correctly? Have him repair the drywall and remount - get what you paid for.
    – FreeMan
    Jun 12, 2020 at 11:54
  • 9 holes seem...excessive. Especially with there only being 2 into studs on a 65 inch TV. Are your studs spaced 16" oc?
    – mmathis
    Jun 12, 2020 at 12:38
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    Why is the 3/4" so important that you need to re-position it?
    – Alaska Man
    Jun 12, 2020 at 18:16
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    @user4202 It still might be worth reconsidering your expectations. If you are sitting a reasonable distance away from a 65” tv, even a few inches shouldn’t matter. The general recommendation I have seen and used is to have the center of the tv at roughly 5 ft off the ground. This is above eye level for most people while seated and your eyes look up without having to crane your neck. No one in my family has ever complained of neck pain to date. Jun 14, 2020 at 11:13

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If there are two lag screws into studs near the top and these are far apart and other screws (7?) into drywall, then the TV sould be safely supported. I have not installed one of these. Does the mount extend from the wall and so exert pullout force on the fasteners?

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  • The 2 studs are near the center and are vertically aligned. The TV uses the Samsung no gap wall mount. It does not extend from the wall and is nearly flush against it.
    – user4202
    Jun 14, 2020 at 7:22
  • From your description this TV bracket is very well supported. I really don't think it needs to be repositioned. Jun 14, 2020 at 17:53
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Yes you should be able to move it. If the screw pattern is regular you may be able to get away with a few extra holes and be able to reuse some of the original holes.

One warning - Do not use wood filler to patch holes. It will not adhere correctly to drywall and not look good. Use a premixed joint compound if you want ease of use. For example: this one

Use a suitable drywall anchor for the screws. Here is one that can hang 75lb each. Home Depot

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  • I heard that wood filler was stronger to patch drywall screw holes. My main concern is the drywall would be weakened from the 9 previous holes 3/4 of an inch away from the new ones. The TV is heavy at 65 pounds and only has wood on 2 holes.
    – user4202
    Jun 12, 2020 at 9:48
  • The drywall will likely be ok. If you use the right type of anchor and screw each screw should be able to hold up to 75lb. I will add a link to my answer. And use larger screws for two going into wood. If for some reason the drywall will give in you can replace a section of drywall going from stud to stud relatively easily. That would also allow you to install blocking (a cross beam of wood between the studs) where you need to hang the tv.
    – user118367
    Jun 12, 2020 at 9:51
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    @user4202 I think you're correct to worry about new holes that close to existing holes in the drywall even with the proper wall anchors - it's a matter of the drywall giving way, not the anchor giving up. Are there more spots in the the mount that you can use to get lag bolts into studs instead of just drywall? Did you see the comment on the OP - are there adjustments available on the mount to move the TV without remounting it? Some come with slots so you can move the mount without making new holes.
    – FreeMan
    Jun 12, 2020 at 11:51
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    I love those drywall anchors and use them quite often but they need good unbroken drywall to provide full strength with damaged material I would not trust them even at 1/2 the load and remember this will not be tight to the wall so there are lateral forces not just weight to think about.
    – Ed Beal
    Jun 12, 2020 at 19:17
  • @FreeMan Samsung's no gap wall mount is pretty limited in adjustments. I added the link to the original post. What is the best way to patch the drywall to mount the TV one inch below the current holes?
    – user4202
    Jun 14, 2020 at 7:33

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