You've got a TV, home theatre system or speakers...equipment that you obviously like, and now you've purchased mounting devices in order to install it exactly how and where you want it to be set up, for optimum viewing and audio purposes. Because you value your audio and video equipment, the last thing you would want would be for it to suffer any type of damage resulting from the manner in which it was installed. In fact, chances are that you have chosen to wall-mount these pieces in order to secure a safe place for them, not only where they can be seen and heard well, but also where they will be unlikely bumped into, causing them to fall over or fall down.
If you plan on mounting any devices, it’s important to orchestrate the process the correct way, the first time, and you will enjoy your equipment in the very best manner. While a minimally safe mounting may at first appear to be adequate, certain factors like whether or not the mounts allow for adjustments, along with the effects of sustained weight-bearing upon any hardware used on a drywall surface might just produce the unwanted effect of the mounts and your equipment tumbling to the ground, in one fell swoop.
It’s always a good idea to locate studs for mounting purposes. One vertical running stud should be located every sixteen inches across the breadth of a wall, and provides a substantial grip for mounting hardware and much more sturdy than the fragility of drywall alone. And as the equipment you desire to mount increases in weight, so your choice of mounting hardware will need to increase, both in length and slightly in diameter, to accommodate the added load. If you consider yourself to be a bit of a do-it-yourselfer, it won’t require much more than a stud finder, a pencil, a drill with the appropriate bits, and the hardware in order to mount your equipment yourself.
If you aren’t at all comfortable maneuvering a drill or the likes, then by all means, enlist the aid of someone who can...even if it means hiring someone to do it. In the long run, it’ll be worth it, and you’ll be able to confidently enjoy your new mounting system, without worrying about whether or not it could possibly fall at some undetermined time. As they say,”it’s better to be safe than sorry.”