TV mounts do such a good job of securing your TV that undoing them looks more challenging than it is. Although you can contact a professional, you are capable of doing it yourself with few problems. Wall mounts consist of two parts attached together and sometimes secured by a lock. By removing these components, you’ll be able to lift your TV free and get it to where it needs to go.
Getting Ready to Detach the TV
Unplug all cords attached to the TV.
It’s easy to trip over cords, so take care of them before moving your precious TV. Pull the power cable out from the wall and don’t forget any attachments. Video game console cables, movie players, and other accessories must all go, and you should move them to the other side of the room just in case.
Undo any safety locks.
Many TV mounts don’t have locks. If yours does, it could be any number of lock types. Have your owner’s manual on hand so you don’t curse having anti-theft protection inside your own home. Search the mount for any signs of the lock. Some locks require a special key that came in the packaging, while others have flip tabs or sliding bars to undo with your fingers.
Lift up the bottom of the TV if possible.
Grasp the TV by the sides and try to edge the bottom forward. The TV is hooked to the top of the mount, so don’t worry. It won’t topple over on you. Instead, you’ll be able to see the back of the TV and reach your hand behind it. If the TV doesn’t budge, don’t force it.
- A TV that doesn’t move either has safety locks or is held by screws.
Locate the screws or pull strings.
Depending on the mount you have, screws or strings secure the TV to the bracket on the wall. The good news is that neither are complicated to find and undo. With the bottom of the TV tilted forward, you won’t have any problem seeing these components. If you don’t see any strings hanging from the mount’s sides, you’ll know you need a screwdriver right away.
- If you have the installation instructions for your TV mount, use those—simply reverse the steps.
Detaching the TV
Unscrew the mount pieces.
Different sizes of TV use different screws, so you may need to do some trial and error here. An adjustable electric screwdriver cuts out some of the hassle. You’ll have to contort your hand to get the screwdriver behind the TV. The fasteners will be under the mount or on its sides, depending on the model.
- It’s a good idea to have someone help you hold the TV as you do this.
Pull on the mount strings.
Mounts that have strings also feature a spring lock in the mount. When you pull the strings, listen for the sound of the lock disengaging. You need to prevent the lock from activating. While you can reach both strings by yourself, get someone else’s help to make it easier.
Lightly separate the TV from the wall.
If you don’t have someone to hold the TV out from the wall, you’ll have to improvise with household objects. All you need is a small amount of separation to prevent the lock from engaging. Pull the string on one side and move the side away from the wall. Stuff the wedge objects behind the TV and let go. If done right, you won’t hear the lock engage again, so repeat this with the other side.
- Movie and video game cases make for great makeshift wedges, but you can use whatever you have on hand.
Lift the TV off the mount.
The last restraint is the top part of the mount. Get someone else’s help to lift the TV. Have each person take up one of the ends. Count to three and raise the TV over the mount. It’ll come right off and you can rest it on the ground.
Removing the Mount
Place the TV face-down.
Move your TV until it is safe on the ground. Clear off a flat spot for it and lay it a clean, padded surface. Do not touch the TV screen or rest the screen against a surface. It would be a shame to get this far only to scratch up the screen.
- Be sure to clear your whole path so there’s not anything you could trip over.
Unscrew the mount piece on the TV.
You’ve managed to dismount and protect your TV so far, but part of the mount remains attached to it. Fortunately, this part is way easier than getting the TV down. No matter the shape of the mount piece, it’ll be attached by four screws.
Unscrew the mount piece on the wall.
Without the TV, the other mount piece is an empty frame on your wall. If you choose to remove it, undo it the same way you did the rest of the mount. These screws shouldn’t provide much resistance, so undo them and slip the mount piece off the wall.