Who doesn’t want a TV outdoors? It can be a great addition that works great during BBQ and pool parties in the summer.
However, as you can probably imagine, there are a number of additional factors to take into account when you install a TV outside on siding.
In this post, we have provided detailed instructions on how you can easily install a TV outside on outdoor siding.
We’ve also provided a list of the tools and supplies you will need to get the job done with ease.
So without further ado, let’s get into it.
Tools and Supplies Needed
Before you start the installation process, it’s highly recommended that you spend the time to gather all the tools and supplies needed for the job.
You may not have all the tools and supplies needed lying around in your house so you may have to go out and buy them.
That’s why it’s a good idea to obtain everything first so that you have everything needed on hand and ready to go.
That way, you won’t have to stop the process every time you need a new tool for the next step.
The tools and supplies required to mount a TV outside on siding are:
- A wrench
- A hammer
- A drill
- A pencil or marker
- A level
- Plastic anchors
- A socket wrench
- Double-sided tape
- Lag bolts
- A TV mount
How to Mount a TV Outside on Siding?
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Once you gather all the tools and supplies, you can get started with the installation.
Step 1: Before you do any construction or drilling, the first step is to decide the location where you want the TV to be.
When mounting a TV outside, you’ll have to take a number of factors into account. Firstly, it needs to be near a power outlet. If you don’t have a power outlet outside, you may have to use an extension cord.
Secondly, you need to think about where the sun will be during the day and whether or not it will directly shine on your TV. If that happens, it will cause a ridiculous amount of glare and you won’t be able to watch TV outside properly.
We recommend that you mount your TV so that it faces north. It will be able to reduce glare at most times during the day if you mount it that way.
Once you have decided on an appropriate location for your wall-mounted TV, you can get started with construction.
Step 2: Ask your helper to hold up the TV mount against the wall at the location you have decided for your TV.
It’s a good idea to use the level at this stage to ensure that your helper is holding the wall mount upright.
As they are holding up the mount against the wall, go ahead and mark the locations of the screw holes for the mount with a marker or a pencil.
You should use anything that leaves a visible, semi-permanent mark on the siding.
Step 3: Once all the holes for the screws (plastic anchors, in this case) have been marked, the next step is to drill the holes.
Take your drill and use it to drill appropriate-sized holes for the plastic anchors.
For most plastic anchors, the holes need to be ½ an inch deep. If you drill deeper than that, the anchors will be too loose. If you drill shallow holes, then they won’t go in properly.
Make sure that you assess the plastic anchors you have before you drill these holes as there’s a chance that the ones you get may be of different lengths.
Step 4: After you drill the appropriate holes for your plastic anchors, the next step is to naturally hammer them into the wall.
Insert a plastic anchor into the wall with your hand and then hammer it in until it’s secure. Repeat this process for all the holes.
Make sure to use a calculated amount of force when you hammer the anchors into the wall. You don’t want to use too much force as that can damage the anchors and even your wall.
If that happens, then that spot can become unusable.
Repeat this process until all the holes are secured with plastic anchors.
Step 5: Now that the plastic anchors are in place, you are ready to install the TV mount onto your wall.
Ask your helper to once again hold the TV mount in the same position as they did in step 2. If you’ve done everything right, the screw holes should align perfectly with the positions of the plastic anchors.
Use lag bolts to screw in the TV mount into the plastic anchors with a screwdriver.
Take care not to over-tighten at this stage as that can seriously damage both the TV mount as well as the plastic anchor(s).
After you’ve tightened all the screws into all the plastic anchors, your TV mount will be securely installed into the wall.
Step 6: After the wall mount has been properly mounted, all there’s left to do is to install the TV onto it.
Ask your helper to hold the TV up to the mount so that their mounting holes align with one another.
Use the screws and bolts you received with the wall mount to connect the TV to the wall mount.
You may need to use either a screwdriver or a socket wrench, depending on the model and manufacturer, to tighten the screws.
Take care, not to over tighten as that can damage the back of your TV as well as the wall mount.
Once all the screws have been properly tightened, give yourself a pat on the back as you just successfully installed your TV onto the outdoor siding.
Step 7: Lastly, it’s a good idea to do some cable management since you don’t want people tripping on wires during parties.
If you intend to use a power cord, make sure to use some adhesive hooks to neatly organize your wires so they are attached to the wall.
You can also use some double-sided tape to secure your extension cord to a nearby wall. That way, people won’t kick it unintentionally while walking around.
Wrapping Things Up…
As you can see, the mounting process for a TV on outdoor siding is not all that complicated.
You just need the right tools to get the job done and the rest is just a breeze.
If you have any further questions about the installation process, please let us know in the comments below.