Condo Wall Studs types – Can I hang a tv on my razor this condo walls?
Can I mount my TV on a thin condo wall?
Firstly we have to understand the three main kind of walls that you will find in a condo. I am referring to walls that have a layer a drywall on it. If they are concrete wall it’s pretty straight forward and you would know this by looking at it. The surface will be grey just like any concrete flooring.
a. Most internal are 3 inches with 2 “ metal studs with 1/2 drywall on it. This is the wall type that I am going to help you with and the only TV wall mount that will work with this kind of wall is made by Condomounts. You can either install the TV directly on the drywall or go through the metal studs. The toggle drywall/platerboard anchors provided in this kit are rated for 200lbs each. You have to use 4 of them to have a secure install. It’s very safe to Mount your tv just on drywall using a fixed tv mount or tilt Tv mount. If you are planning to use a Tv mount with an Arm then you have the go through the metal stud and the same 200lbs anchors can be used but you will need to identify the steel/metal stud and drill through it to insert the anchors.
b. Thicker wall which are 10” or more are made of concrete and layered with drywall. These wall can be internal walls or external walls. Internal walls are wall dividing rooms within your unit and external walls are walls you share with your neighbors or outside the house.
C. The other type of wall is the double layer drywall. This type of wall is always between your your unit and your neighbors or an outside wall. To mount TV s on this wall you can use the condomounts metal stud mounts or steel stud mounting kit bit you might need longer screws.
These are some Options you have if you dont have a wall mount already. If you have a wall mount see on the right or below for links to the steel stud mounting kit that will make your live much easier.
Why do I have Metal/Steel Studs?
Do you live in a condo or work in an office and want to mount your TV to the wall?
You are 90% going to be working with metal studs, don’t get discouraged. These types of buildings usually have metal studs for many good reasons. E.g Wood Studs are less a fire hazard then metal studs. Metal studs are also easier to tear down and cheaper to build partitions with. Imagine those tall large office buildings.
Can I mount a TV on a Metal/Steel stud Wall without Professional tools?
It is very possible to mount a television to metal studs yourself, as you do it properly and have the right anchors.
Look at the zoom circle in this picture and think about how these anchors got to where they are.
Mounting TV to Metal Stud Wall
We’ve put together a step-by-step guide to help you mount your TV with metal studs and to give you the confidence that your television won’t fall off the wall.
Step 1: Purchase the Elephant Anchors(50Pack) or the Condomounts Metal Stud Mounting Kit
If you are doing it once it is worth to buy the Condomounts Mounting Kit. The reason being it comes with a drill bit, anchors and screws. If you buy them separately they cost more. Take a close look at the the drill bit supplied, it is titanium coated(last longer) and has a pilot head that cuts through metal faster. If you are a contractor/tv mounting professional its worth to buy the 50pack+screws+drill bit.
If you dont have a TV Mount and Want to buy one with the kit included then you can get this.
If you already have an existing TV mount you can purchased the Condomounts Metal/Steel stud Mounting Kit instead of the entire mount. Or you can just purchase a big box of 50 Elephant anchors.
The type of anchors you need is an anchor that created a nut kind mechanism behind the wall. These anchors are called toggle bolts. There any many variations you can get as toggle bolts but some of them are just to hard to work with. The type you want to get is the Elephant anchors or Toggler Brand Snaptoggle. These are the improved version of the toggle bolts and are 5 times faster to install then the original toggle bolts. Below is the picture.
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