• MantelMount MM340 Above Fireplace Pull Down TV Mount - with Patented auto-straightening, auto-stabilization, 2 Gas Pistons, Adjustable Motion Stops, Wire tabs & Safety Pull-Down Handles
  • MantelMount MM340 Above Fireplace Pull Down TV Mount - with Patented auto-straightening, auto-stabilization, 2 Gas Pistons, Adjustable Motion Stops, Wire tabs & Safety Pull-Down Handles
  • MantelMount MM340 Above Fireplace Pull Down TV Mount - with Patented auto-straightening, auto-stabilization, 2 Gas Pistons, Adjustable Motion Stops, Wire tabs & Safety Pull-Down Handles
  • MantelMount MM340 Above Fireplace Pull Down TV Mount - with Patented auto-straightening, auto-stabilization, 2 Gas Pistons, Adjustable Motion Stops, Wire tabs & Safety Pull-Down Handles
  • MantelMount MM340 Above Fireplace Pull Down TV Mount - with Patented auto-straightening, auto-stabilization, 2 Gas Pistons, Adjustable Motion Stops, Wire tabs & Safety Pull-Down Handles
MantelMount MM340 Above Fireplace Pull Down TV Mount - with Patented auto-straightening, auto-stabilization, 2 Gas Pistons, Adjustable Motion Stops, Wire tabs & Safety Pull-Down Handles
MantelMount MM340 Above Fireplace Pull Down TV Mount - with Patented auto-straightening, auto-stabilization, 2 Gas Pistons, Adjustable Motion Stops, Wire tabs & Safety Pull-Down Handles
MantelMount MM340 Above Fireplace Pull Down TV Mount - with Patented auto-straightening, auto-stabilization, 2 Gas Pistons, Adjustable Motion Stops, Wire tabs & Safety Pull-Down Handles
MantelMount MM340 Above Fireplace Pull Down TV Mount - with Patented auto-straightening, auto-stabilization, 2 Gas Pistons, Adjustable Motion Stops, Wire tabs & Safety Pull-Down Handles
MantelMount MM340 Above Fireplace Pull Down TV Mount - with Patented auto-straightening, auto-stabilization, 2 Gas Pistons, Adjustable Motion Stops, Wire tabs & Safety Pull-Down Handles

MantelMount MM340 Above Fireplace Pull Down TV Mount - with Patented auto-straightening, auto-stabilization, 2 Gas Pistons, Adjustable Motion Stops, Wire tabs & Safety Pull-Down Handles

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  • Full Range Motion: Up to 27" Vertical Travel, 30 Swivel Left/Right and 19" Off-The-Wall
  • Popular Features: Pull Down Handles, Adjustable Stops and Cable Management | Patented Features: TV Auto-Straightening and Gas Piston Auto-Stabilization
  • Specs: Reaches Studs Up to 24" Apart, TV Weight: 20 to 90 lbs, TV Size: 44"-80", VESA: Up to 600mm x 600mm
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Machined holes and alignments are perfect. 2Firstly, let me say that this is totally worth the money, especially if you have a home where mounting a TV elsewhere will leave your living room completely disoriented. I was so tempted to give this 5 stars, but I'm not going to do that for the following reasons. Read through the rest of the review to know why.------------------------------------Areas that I think it aces it------------------------------------1. Build quality is top notch. Machined holes and alignments are perfect.2. No damages to product when it arrived.3. Gas piston and its motion are well engineered.4. No wobbling overall.----------------------------------------------------Things to watch out when you buy this----------------------------------------------------1. You definitely need 1 more person to help you put this together. Doing this by yourself, if you are a DIY person is gonna be a nightmare, especially mounting it.2. Read the manual twice, and make a trip to the hardware store to get everything the manual talks about, and anything you determine the manual does not talk about/misses out on/does not accommodate for. Watch out in particular for tools required for adjusting the gas piston. If you are using an impact driver, I recommend you have the nut driver set.3. Make sure you do the math yourself for the sound bar, if you are interested, or want to accommodate for it in the future. Also, if you plan on getting a bigger tv sometime in the future, make sure to give extra room for it. Once installed on the wall, you can't really change things, without drilling new holes, and remounting the whole thing.-------------------------------------------Reasons for not getting a 5 star-------------------------------------------1. Manual is very cryptic. On a scale of 1 - 10, I'm gonna say 8. It talks about two measurement tables, one at the beginning and one half way through the book, to determine how far above the mantle to mount it. Does not talk about sound bar or any other attachment accommodation. The tools it outlines that you need to start with are also incomplete.2. The handle wobbles, and this is something that I noticed other people have commented as well. Had to put nylon ties to hold the thing in position and prevent wobbling, when pulling down or pushing up.@MantleMount team: If you read this review, I kindly plead you to look into improving your manual. This can be a 5 star rated product, with nothing to complain about, except the price, if you fix your manual. An overview of how the process will proceed, and what to expect when mounting will go a long way for DIYers. Paying $250 for a mount, and hiring a pro for another $150 is not really a good way to break up ones mounting cost. I'd rather spend $150 for your competitor mount and then pay the pro to install.4Does exactly what it's supposed to doWe recently bought a house and we ran into a conundrum: there's not exactly an excess of space here, and the family room was clearly meant to be centered around the fireplace. And we liked the fireplace, so we didn't want to get rid of it. Clearly the best place to put the TV, space-wise, was above the fireplace, but that also isn't ideal for a number of reasons, the biggest one being viewing angle. So I was happy to find out that there's a product designed to deal with exactly that situation. It sounded too good to be true at first!My fireplace is about 4' tall, and the TV is about 50" and LED backlit (meaning it's thin & light, though certainly not the thinnest or lightest). The MantelMount is designed to work with bigger stuff too, but I just want to share my particular usage scenario. Anyway, I'm definitely not what you'd call handy, but installing this mount was an overall pleasant and easy experience. Just make sure you read the manual thoroughly at least a day before you're actually going to do it -- it pays to be prepared. Make sure you have all the tools you need and make sure you've done all the measurements that they ask for throughout the process. But once you've done that, it's really not too hard to follow them. It's really a pretty complex thing you're doing -- there are about 3 different things to "center" against other things in order to achieve the final result of a TV centered over the fireplace. Considering that, the manual really does do about as good a job as it possibly can of explaining the process through text & diagrams. Just pay close attention and you should be fine.In the end, the TV is able to sit comfortably above the mantle while also swinging down to a level at least as low as (maybe even lower than) a standard "TV desk". There are a lot of great little extras too, like the little clamps and cable ties to help you route cables to the TV in a way that works in either the up or down position. You can tell they really put a lot of thought and love into this product to make it the best they possibly could for its intended purpose.5Works as designed--but not really neededInstallation was a little bit tricky, but that could just be because I was being extremely careful to measure everything and not make any mistakes. Once I got it up it's been fine. Before mounting my TV above the fireplace I read lots of articles online about how it is a bad idea and how neck strain will be a big issue, which is why I bought this mount. These doomsday articles about not mounting your TV above a fireplace are total hogwash. I can say after about a year of using this mount we rarely pull it down to eye level and we have experienced zero neck strain whatsoever. I can honestly say I've never once had neck pain from watching the TV on it's spot above the fireplace. Most people slouch a little when they watch TV anyway, right? I rarely sit up perfectly straight on the couch, it's just not comfortable. My gripe is that I paid over $200 for this mount that drops down, when I could have had a simple one for $40. Also the Mantel Mount sticks out pretty far from the wall. I would prefer it to look a little more streamlined. (I know you can buy one that fits into the wall better).Overall the product works as advertised, so no complaints there. I do regret the purchase though because it's clear it wasn't needed, at least for us. A simple mount would have sufficed.4Great Mount, LOOONG Installation--here are some tipsSo far so good. It looks and works great. But the installation was a bear. I'm not super handy but I'm no slouch either. It took me 6 hours to install!That's because(1) a screw stripped. I didn't discover this until I had to take it out (because I installed a part upside down). Had to use an oscillating tool to cut out the stripped screw!(2) Hard to get the TV to hang exactly level. I needed to mess with installing the rack 1/8 inch higher on one side than other. Lots of trying, taking it off the wall, etc.(3) The mount didn't really fit the TCL 55 inch that I bought. Basically the TCL holes are too far down on the TV for the mount to work well. That means you need to improvise in a bunch of little ways.One tip I'll offer is that if you want the TV to lean forward (instead of backward, which was its natural position and which is just wrong for a TV above a fireplace), I needed to use spacers that didn't come with the mount. (Not enough spacers were included). I used six additional washers where the mount attaches to the top holes of the TV; but I used no additional washers where the mount attaches to the bottom holes of the TV. Basically that pushes the top of the TV further away from the wall, tiling down instead of up. I'll attach a picture of the washers.All in all, a looooong day. (Maybe I'm not so handy after all!). But looks good and works well.4Read the directions carefullyWorks well but it definitely takes a few hours to install. Measure, drill, mess up, re-measure, curse, finally mount. Overall it works very well but there s one thing I found an issue : when I went to pull down the mount for the first time and insert the safety bolt the spring mechanism was soooo tight that it literally bent the bolt ! I had to Dremel cutoff the bolt to get it out and then loosen the pressure of the spring just to pull the arm down for the first time. Otherwise the install is relatively straight forward if you follow the directions carefully!5Initial impressions are this thing is sturdy and built wellAfter checking around and looking at the "cheaper" alternatives for a pull down TV Mount I decided to just bite the bullet and pay for the Mantle Mount. Initial impressions are this thing is sturdy and built well. I used this in a new home construction scenario where I had to use some 2x4s to add thickness as the fireplace was being rocked and you cant secure the mount to the rock. Got everything setup and made sure everything was level. Placed the mount on the wall without the TV and used the safety bolt (which is a must have feature) to get it out of the masons way while they installed the rock. When the home was completed I installed our 58" Samsung TV and the problems started. The mount wall plate was perfectly level but the TV was not when it was pulled down. there is some play in it and you could lift the left corner and it was level.So at this point I take the TV off and remove 3 of the lag bolts on the wall plate and adjust it re-drill the holes and mount it again. This makes the wall plate not level but I can get the TV level at the bottom of the stroke. Yeah?! Well no... now at the top of the stroke the TV is not level. Not as bad out of level but, still noticeable since the mantle is perfectly level and the TV sits slightly above it and the gap is uneven. After messing with the mount for way more time than I want/need to I just have left it as is since the whole purpose of buying this mount is so we can pull it down to a more tolerable viewing level. Next issue we have now is it squeaks when going up. Guessing some of the powder coating has worn off somewhere and it is metal to metal contact. Have not had the time to look at this yet but some lithium grease should do the trick.Pros:The safety bolt to hold it in place is a very good safety feature as this thing has some torque and you could hurt yourself if a finger is in the wrong place at the wrong time.Love the concept and the travel distance is very good. We have a 12" deep mantle and it has plenty of room to clear it.Cons:There is no fine adjustment for TV leveling once the mount is installed.The pull down arms don't bolt tightly together and there are two bolts the hold them on. They wiggle even with way to much torque applied to the bolts on them. Maybe I will have to drive a small self tapping screw into each one to secure it.It squeaks when going in the up position.4Don't be scared of the install.I'm very happy with this Mount. It's well made, sturdy and does exactly what it's supposed to do. Installation is not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. If you are capable of installing any other kind of tv mount, then you can do this one. The instructions are actually very detailed, and they are very clear if you just take the time to read them and understand what they are telling you. I recommend reading them when you have some free time BEFORE you start the installation. Some of the reviews on here make it seem so intimidating, but it's really not hard. You WILL need an extra set of hands for a couple of the steps. I can usually do everything myself, but I did need someone to hold the bracket while I marked my holes in the wall, and when I secured the bracket to the wall because it's heavy. The other step that requires two people is when installing the safety bolt and nut, and lastly when hanging the tv on the bracket.The hardest part of the install for me was actually mounting the arms and extenders to the back of my TCL TV. I noticed a couple reviewers on here had trouble with their TCL TVs as well, one reviewer even returned the Mount. I will show details of what I did in the pictures. I did have to modify the extenders and I didn't use ANY of the holes in the tv bracket, only the slots. In the first picture you can see that the top mounting hole in my TV is secured to the universal slot of the mounting arm. I did NOT USE ANY OF THE PRE DRILLED HOLES. This is because of the location of my TVs mounting holes would have caused the handles to sit too low below the TV,or too high which would render them useless. I'm 100% confident in this mounting solution. I basically just measured and measured and measured until I found the right balance of where I wanted the TV to sit, and how far down I wanted the handles to extend below the TV (1 Inch).In the second picture you can see I used 1 spacer at the top mounting hole, and none at the bottom. The TCL. TV's back is angled, so in order to make the TV hang straight (or in this case slightly angled forward) I needed to use a spacer.The third picture shows a modification I made to the extender arms. This was because of the shape of the back of my TV. I could have used more spacers instead, but I chose to cut the two bottom most mounting holes off of the extender arms. It doesn't look like it in the picture, but they were in the way and the arms would not sit flush.So that was the hardest part of the install, just figuring out how to make this work with my TV. I'm confident that this thing is truly universal, but TVS are changing all the time, so naturally some modifications may need to be made.5Excellent product!Amazing, is all I can say. My installation was for a 75" Samsung TV over a brick fireplace. Looked more complicated than it was, but definitely took 2 guys. But was surprised when everything just seemed to fit together quickly. Give yourself about an hour or 2 and go to the YouTube video. It helps a lot. We laid the whole think out (screws not tight or anything like that) on a queen bed to make sure we had a good simulated layout, and then it was much easier to transfer up to the wall. I'd suggest getting the frame bolted in as good as you can, and continue to verify your measurements. Just in case. Once the base is moored to the wall correctly, it goes smoothly. You can adjust the strength of the shock absorbers to get a smooth transfer up and down. One caution is that when you use it pull downward/outward, Not upward/outward. Sounds like common sense, but the way it is made, it naturally swings slightly upwards when you just pull straight out and if you don't give any downward force it feels like it won't move.at all. But once you get it down pat, it's pretty simple. Overall it is a genius invention that solves a big problem. We sometimes leave the TV in the upwards position because the natural state in the "up" position angles slightly downwards. But when in "down" it really looks great.5MUST READ THIS BEFORE INSTALLING: MY DIY DIRECTIONS ARE BETTER THAN MANUALAt home with the flu so decided to write this review for you. Unintentional rhyming aside, this TV stand is excellent. I recently installed it (mostly by myself) and asked two friends to help me at the end. So, yes, find or make two friends to help you install this product. I looked at the pictures that everyone submitted and few appear centered. So, I decided to make my own instructions. Now let's see if I can use my meaningless PhD to help you do it better than the directions.Items needed:electric drill with bitsratchet set with extensionscrescent wrench setmasking tapepad of paper and penstud finderleveltape measureTV on original stand4+ hours of uninteruppted patienceOK, let's get started. The directions are almost worthless, so only use them to assemble the stand to the TV for measurements and final adjustments.1. Assemble the TV stand to the TV. That's right. You'll need to see how it all fits together before doing anything to the wall. This will give you an understanding of how the stand works. Be patient and know that most of the screws won't be used during assembly (because all TV's are different shapes). Be sure to use those thick plastic washers in multiple areas to protect the TV from scratches. Protect your investment (and warranty).Important Note: if the TV stand (once attached) sticks out from under the TV, then you'll need to place the stand higher up on the TV. This happened to me. I could see the metal wall attachment sticking out, so I took the whole thing apart and started over.2. Now make measurements, lots of them. Measure the dimensions of your TV. Note how the wall attachment (the one with all the holes) sits lower than center on the back of the TV. Make measurements of the wall attachment. Now measure the distance between the top of the TV and the top of the wall attachment, and then measure the distance between the bottom of the TV and the bottom of the wall attachment (use a level on the top and bottom of the TV with a tape measure to get accurate distances). You'll need these measurements to determine where the metal piece (with all the holes) will be bolted to the wall.3. Measure the wall space and locate the center point of the studs. Cover areas with masking tape and do it again, this time marking the masking tape (not the wall) with the pen. Determine the center points of all spaces. Use masking tape in areas where you need to make the wall. Don't ruin the walls you spent weeks painting. Put long vertical strips of tape on the walls. Make measurements of everything.4. Here's the hard part which requires basic math skills. Ask your high school kid to help if necessary. You'll need a clean piece of paper and a pen. Now that you've determined the dimension of the wall (mine was 60'' from ceiling to the top of that gaudy couch), determine where the center of the TV would be in that space (top, bottom, left and right). I placed my furniture where it needed to be and used studs that were nearest the middle of the couch. So make a diagram of the wall and place your TV in the middle of that space. Then use the dimensions of the TV to determine where the TV would be center on that wall (I had 16'' spaces on the top and bottom).5. Here's the tricky part. Using your original calculations of the TV with stand attached, determine where the metal wall attachment (with the holes) will attach to the wall (which will be lower than the center of the TV). If this doesn't make sense, note how the center of the metal wall attachment (with the holes) is lower than the center of the TV. Add the wall attachment to your diagram and note how it's lower. I then (on my diagram) determined the distances between the top of the wall and the center of the wall attachment, and the top of the couch and the center of the wall attachment. If your math is correct, you'll notice that the top number (celling to center of attachment) is bigger than the bottom number (couch to center of attachment). This will take some time, so be patient. It'll eventually click. If not, ask someone to help with the math.6. Once you figured out where to place the metal attachment on the wall (which should be a distance that is lower than center of wall, take the TV stand off the TV and remove the metal attachment. Use a level and determine where to place that metal attachment to the wall. Don't be sloppy. Check and recheck your distances between points and make sure the marks you made are perfectly level.7. Make your marks and now recheck all your calculations before drilling. Get this right the first time. Check centers. Check possible clearance distances if you have a fireplace that sticks out too far. Check and recheck. If you're ready, drill according to instructions and clean up the mess. Remove all the tape.8. Completely reassemble the TV stand without the TV. This is where you'll need two friends. Have them hold the TV stand to the wall and drill the bolts through the wall until almost flush. Finish by hand. Pull the stand down per directions and attach the TV to the stand. Adjust the bolt under the stand for ease of use, etc. etc.9. Step back and enjoy. I spent a little more time than others probably did putting this thing together, but let me tell you: it's perfectly level and perfectly centered. It may not look exactly center in the photos, but it's spot on. We're in the process of attaching a lightweight painting over the TV with industrial velcro when we're not using it. Should look pretty good.Hope this helps.5This thing is a beastThis mount weighs at least twice as much as the TV I m hanging with it. I completely believe it could levitate an 80lb 88 TV out in the middle of the air.In fact that s about the worst thing, your TV could be too lite for this unit and you wouldn t be able to adjust the gas spring enough to get the lift balance correct. Mine had to crank all the way to the stop and is just right, and the LCD I hung was heavier than the OLED I was considering hanging.When install says use two people, it means it. That gas spring is extremely difficult to position until you have it bolted to something and can get some leverage.3
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  • HUGE SALE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST: Take $12 Off the MM340 While Supplies Last (use coupon above). Watch the Product Video in the Image Gallery to See the MM340 In Action.
  • Full Range Motion: Up to 27" Vertical Travel, 30 Swivel Left/Right and 19" Off-The-Wall
  • Popular Features: Pull Down Handles, Adjustable Stops and Cable Management | Patented Features: TV Auto-Straightening and Gas Piston Auto-Stabilization
  • Specs: Reaches Studs Up to 24" Apart, TV Weight: 20 to 90 lbs, TV Size: 44"-80", VESA: Up to 600mm x 600mm
  • Buy With Confidence: Free U.S. Shipping, UL Listed, Limited Lifetime Warranty, 100% Guarantee
Reviews

Customer Reviews

Machined holes and alignments are perfect. 2Firstly, let me say that this is totally worth the money, especially if you have a home where mounting a TV elsewhere will leave your living room completely disoriented. I was so tempted to give this 5 stars, but I'm not going to do that for the following reasons. Read through the rest of the review to know why.------------------------------------Areas that I think it aces it------------------------------------1. Build quality is top notch. Machined holes and alignments are perfect.2. No damages to product when it arrived.3. Gas piston and its motion are well engineered.4. No wobbling overall.----------------------------------------------------Things to watch out when you buy this----------------------------------------------------1. You definitely need 1 more person to help you put this together. Doing this by yourself, if you are a DIY person is gonna be a nightmare, especially mounting it.2. Read the manual twice, and make a trip to the hardware store to get everything the manual talks about, and anything you determine the manual does not talk about/misses out on/does not accommodate for. Watch out in particular for tools required for adjusting the gas piston. If you are using an impact driver, I recommend you have the nut driver set.3. Make sure you do the math yourself for the sound bar, if you are interested, or want to accommodate for it in the future. Also, if you plan on getting a bigger tv sometime in the future, make sure to give extra room for it. Once installed on the wall, you can't really change things, without drilling new holes, and remounting the whole thing.-------------------------------------------Reasons for not getting a 5 star-------------------------------------------1. Manual is very cryptic. On a scale of 1 - 10, I'm gonna say 8. It talks about two measurement tables, one at the beginning and one half way through the book, to determine how far above the mantle to mount it. Does not talk about sound bar or any other attachment accommodation. The tools it outlines that you need to start with are also incomplete.2. The handle wobbles, and this is something that I noticed other people have commented as well. Had to put nylon ties to hold the thing in position and prevent wobbling, when pulling down or pushing up.@MantleMount team: If you read this review, I kindly plead you to look into improving your manual. This can be a 5 star rated product, with nothing to complain about, except the price, if you fix your manual. An overview of how the process will proceed, and what to expect when mounting will go a long way for DIYers. Paying $250 for a mount, and hiring a pro for another $150 is not really a good way to break up ones mounting cost. I'd rather spend $150 for your competitor mount and then pay the pro to install.4Does exactly what it's supposed to doWe recently bought a house and we ran into a conundrum: there's not exactly an excess of space here, and the family room was clearly meant to be centered around the fireplace. And we liked the fireplace, so we didn't want to get rid of it. Clearly the best place to put the TV, space-wise, was above the fireplace, but that also isn't ideal for a number of reasons, the biggest one being viewing angle. So I was happy to find out that there's a product designed to deal with exactly that situation. It sounded too good to be true at first!My fireplace is about 4' tall, and the TV is about 50" and LED backlit (meaning it's thin & light, though certainly not the thinnest or lightest). The MantelMount is designed to work with bigger stuff too, but I just want to share my particular usage scenario. Anyway, I'm definitely not what you'd call handy, but installing this mount was an overall pleasant and easy experience. Just make sure you read the manual thoroughly at least a day before you're actually going to do it -- it pays to be prepared. Make sure you have all the tools you need and make sure you've done all the measurements that they ask for throughout the process. But once you've done that, it's really not too hard to follow them. It's really a pretty complex thing you're doing -- there are about 3 different things to "center" against other things in order to achieve the final result of a TV centered over the fireplace. Considering that, the manual really does do about as good a job as it possibly can of explaining the process through text & diagrams. Just pay close attention and you should be fine.In the end, the TV is able to sit comfortably above the mantle while also swinging down to a level at least as low as (maybe even lower than) a standard "TV desk". There are a lot of great little extras too, like the little clamps and cable ties to help you route cables to the TV in a way that works in either the up or down position. You can tell they really put a lot of thought and love into this product to make it the best they possibly could for its intended purpose.5Works as designed--but not really neededInstallation was a little bit tricky, but that could just be because I was being extremely careful to measure everything and not make any mistakes. Once I got it up it's been fine. Before mounting my TV above the fireplace I read lots of articles online about how it is a bad idea and how neck strain will be a big issue, which is why I bought this mount. These doomsday articles about not mounting your TV above a fireplace are total hogwash. I can say after about a year of using this mount we rarely pull it down to eye level and we have experienced zero neck strain whatsoever. I can honestly say I've never once had neck pain from watching the TV on it's spot above the fireplace. Most people slouch a little when they watch TV anyway, right? I rarely sit up perfectly straight on the couch, it's just not comfortable. My gripe is that I paid over $200 for this mount that drops down, when I could have had a simple one for $40. Also the Mantel Mount sticks out pretty far from the wall. I would prefer it to look a little more streamlined. (I know you can buy one that fits into the wall better).Overall the product works as advertised, so no complaints there. I do regret the purchase though because it's clear it wasn't needed, at least for us. A simple mount would have sufficed.4Great Mount, LOOONG Installation--here are some tipsSo far so good. It looks and works great. But the installation was a bear. I'm not super handy but I'm no slouch either. It took me 6 hours to install!That's because(1) a screw stripped. I didn't discover this until I had to take it out (because I installed a part upside down). Had to use an oscillating tool to cut out the stripped screw!(2) Hard to get the TV to hang exactly level. I needed to mess with installing the rack 1/8 inch higher on one side than other. Lots of trying, taking it off the wall, etc.(3) The mount didn't really fit the TCL 55 inch that I bought. Basically the TCL holes are too far down on the TV for the mount to work well. That means you need to improvise in a bunch of little ways.One tip I'll offer is that if you want the TV to lean forward (instead of backward, which was its natural position and which is just wrong for a TV above a fireplace), I needed to use spacers that didn't come with the mount. (Not enough spacers were included). I used six additional washers where the mount attaches to the top holes of the TV; but I used no additional washers where the mount attaches to the bottom holes of the TV. Basically that pushes the top of the TV further away from the wall, tiling down instead of up. I'll attach a picture of the washers.All in all, a looooong day. (Maybe I'm not so handy after all!). But looks good and works well.4Read the directions carefullyWorks well but it definitely takes a few hours to install. Measure, drill, mess up, re-measure, curse, finally mount. Overall it works very well but there s one thing I found an issue : when I went to pull down the mount for the first time and insert the safety bolt the spring mechanism was soooo tight that it literally bent the bolt ! I had to Dremel cutoff the bolt to get it out and then loosen the pressure of the spring just to pull the arm down for the first time. Otherwise the install is relatively straight forward if you follow the directions carefully!5Initial impressions are this thing is sturdy and built wellAfter checking around and looking at the "cheaper" alternatives for a pull down TV Mount I decided to just bite the bullet and pay for the Mantle Mount. Initial impressions are this thing is sturdy and built well. I used this in a new home construction scenario where I had to use some 2x4s to add thickness as the fireplace was being rocked and you cant secure the mount to the rock. Got everything setup and made sure everything was level. Placed the mount on the wall without the TV and used the safety bolt (which is a must have feature) to get it out of the masons way while they installed the rock. When the home was completed I installed our 58" Samsung TV and the problems started. The mount wall plate was perfectly level but the TV was not when it was pulled down. there is some play in it and you could lift the left corner and it was level.So at this point I take the TV off and remove 3 of the lag bolts on the wall plate and adjust it re-drill the holes and mount it again. This makes the wall plate not level but I can get the TV level at the bottom of the stroke. Yeah?! Well no... now at the top of the stroke the TV is not level. Not as bad out of level but, still noticeable since the mantle is perfectly level and the TV sits slightly above it and the gap is uneven. After messing with the mount for way more time than I want/need to I just have left it as is since the whole purpose of buying this mount is so we can pull it down to a more tolerable viewing level. Next issue we have now is it squeaks when going up. Guessing some of the powder coating has worn off somewhere and it is metal to metal contact. Have not had the time to look at this yet but some lithium grease should do the trick.Pros:The safety bolt to hold it in place is a very good safety feature as this thing has some torque and you could hurt yourself if a finger is in the wrong place at the wrong time.Love the concept and the travel distance is very good. We have a 12" deep mantle and it has plenty of room to clear it.Cons:There is no fine adjustment for TV leveling once the mount is installed.The pull down arms don't bolt tightly together and there are two bolts the hold them on. They wiggle even with way to much torque applied to the bolts on them. Maybe I will have to drive a small self tapping screw into each one to secure it.It squeaks when going in the up position.4Don't be scared of the install.I'm very happy with this Mount. It's well made, sturdy and does exactly what it's supposed to do. Installation is not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. If you are capable of installing any other kind of tv mount, then you can do this one. The instructions are actually very detailed, and they are very clear if you just take the time to read them and understand what they are telling you. I recommend reading them when you have some free time BEFORE you start the installation. Some of the reviews on here make it seem so intimidating, but it's really not hard. You WILL need an extra set of hands for a couple of the steps. I can usually do everything myself, but I did need someone to hold the bracket while I marked my holes in the wall, and when I secured the bracket to the wall because it's heavy. The other step that requires two people is when installing the safety bolt and nut, and lastly when hanging the tv on the bracket.The hardest part of the install for me was actually mounting the arms and extenders to the back of my TCL TV. I noticed a couple reviewers on here had trouble with their TCL TVs as well, one reviewer even returned the Mount. I will show details of what I did in the pictures. I did have to modify the extenders and I didn't use ANY of the holes in the tv bracket, only the slots. In the first picture you can see that the top mounting hole in my TV is secured to the universal slot of the mounting arm. I did NOT USE ANY OF THE PRE DRILLED HOLES. This is because of the location of my TVs mounting holes would have caused the handles to sit too low below the TV,or too high which would render them useless. I'm 100% confident in this mounting solution. I basically just measured and measured and measured until I found the right balance of where I wanted the TV to sit, and how far down I wanted the handles to extend below the TV (1 Inch).In the second picture you can see I used 1 spacer at the top mounting hole, and none at the bottom. The TCL. TV's back is angled, so in order to make the TV hang straight (or in this case slightly angled forward) I needed to use a spacer.The third picture shows a modification I made to the extender arms. This was because of the shape of the back of my TV. I could have used more spacers instead, but I chose to cut the two bottom most mounting holes off of the extender arms. It doesn't look like it in the picture, but they were in the way and the arms would not sit flush.So that was the hardest part of the install, just figuring out how to make this work with my TV. I'm confident that this thing is truly universal, but TVS are changing all the time, so naturally some modifications may need to be made.5Excellent product!Amazing, is all I can say. My installation was for a 75" Samsung TV over a brick fireplace. Looked more complicated than it was, but definitely took 2 guys. But was surprised when everything just seemed to fit together quickly. Give yourself about an hour or 2 and go to the YouTube video. It helps a lot. We laid the whole think out (screws not tight or anything like that) on a queen bed to make sure we had a good simulated layout, and then it was much easier to transfer up to the wall. I'd suggest getting the frame bolted in as good as you can, and continue to verify your measurements. Just in case. Once the base is moored to the wall correctly, it goes smoothly. You can adjust the strength of the shock absorbers to get a smooth transfer up and down. One caution is that when you use it pull downward/outward, Not upward/outward. Sounds like common sense, but the way it is made, it naturally swings slightly upwards when you just pull straight out and if you don't give any downward force it feels like it won't move.at all. But once you get it down pat, it's pretty simple. Overall it is a genius invention that solves a big problem. We sometimes leave the TV in the upwards position because the natural state in the "up" position angles slightly downwards. But when in "down" it really looks great.5MUST READ THIS BEFORE INSTALLING: MY DIY DIRECTIONS ARE BETTER THAN MANUALAt home with the flu so decided to write this review for you. Unintentional rhyming aside, this TV stand is excellent. I recently installed it (mostly by myself) and asked two friends to help me at the end. So, yes, find or make two friends to help you install this product. I looked at the pictures that everyone submitted and few appear centered. So, I decided to make my own instructions. Now let's see if I can use my meaningless PhD to help you do it better than the directions.Items needed:electric drill with bitsratchet set with extensionscrescent wrench setmasking tapepad of paper and penstud finderleveltape measureTV on original stand4+ hours of uninteruppted patienceOK, let's get started. The directions are almost worthless, so only use them to assemble the stand to the TV for measurements and final adjustments.1. Assemble the TV stand to the TV. That's right. You'll need to see how it all fits together before doing anything to the wall. This will give you an understanding of how the stand works. Be patient and know that most of the screws won't be used during assembly (because all TV's are different shapes). Be sure to use those thick plastic washers in multiple areas to protect the TV from scratches. Protect your investment (and warranty).Important Note: if the TV stand (once attached) sticks out from under the TV, then you'll need to place the stand higher up on the TV. This happened to me. I could see the metal wall attachment sticking out, so I took the whole thing apart and started over.2. Now make measurements, lots of them. Measure the dimensions of your TV. Note how the wall attachment (the one with all the holes) sits lower than center on the back of the TV. Make measurements of the wall attachment. Now measure the distance between the top of the TV and the top of the wall attachment, and then measure the distance between the bottom of the TV and the bottom of the wall attachment (use a level on the top and bottom of the TV with a tape measure to get accurate distances). You'll need these measurements to determine where the metal piece (with all the holes) will be bolted to the wall.3. Measure the wall space and locate the center point of the studs. Cover areas with masking tape and do it again, this time marking the masking tape (not the wall) with the pen. Determine the center points of all spaces. Use masking tape in areas where you need to make the wall. Don't ruin the walls you spent weeks painting. Put long vertical strips of tape on the walls. Make measurements of everything.4. Here's the hard part which requires basic math skills. Ask your high school kid to help if necessary. You'll need a clean piece of paper and a pen. Now that you've determined the dimension of the wall (mine was 60'' from ceiling to the top of that gaudy couch), determine where the center of the TV would be in that space (top, bottom, left and right). I placed my furniture where it needed to be and used studs that were nearest the middle of the couch. So make a diagram of the wall and place your TV in the middle of that space. Then use the dimensions of the TV to determine where the TV would be center on that wall (I had 16'' spaces on the top and bottom).5. Here's the tricky part. Using your original calculations of the TV with stand attached, determine where the metal wall attachment (with the holes) will attach to the wall (which will be lower than the center of the TV). If this doesn't make sense, note how the center of the metal wall attachment (with the holes) is lower than the center of the TV. Add the wall attachment to your diagram and note how it's lower. I then (on my diagram) determined the distances between the top of the wall and the center of the wall attachment, and the top of the couch and the center of the wall attachment. If your math is correct, you'll notice that the top number (celling to center of attachment) is bigger than the bottom number (couch to center of attachment). This will take some time, so be patient. It'll eventually click. If not, ask someone to help with the math.6. Once you figured out where to place the metal attachment on the wall (which should be a distance that is lower than center of wall, take the TV stand off the TV and remove the metal attachment. Use a level and determine where to place that metal attachment to the wall. Don't be sloppy. Check and recheck your distances between points and make sure the marks you made are perfectly level.7. Make your marks and now recheck all your calculations before drilling. Get this right the first time. Check centers. Check possible clearance distances if you have a fireplace that sticks out too far. Check and recheck. If you're ready, drill according to instructions and clean up the mess. Remove all the tape.8. Completely reassemble the TV stand without the TV. This is where you'll need two friends. Have them hold the TV stand to the wall and drill the bolts through the wall until almost flush. Finish by hand. Pull the stand down per directions and attach the TV to the stand. Adjust the bolt under the stand for ease of use, etc. etc.9. Step back and enjoy. I spent a little more time than others probably did putting this thing together, but let me tell you: it's perfectly level and perfectly centered. It may not look exactly center in the photos, but it's spot on. We're in the process of attaching a lightweight painting over the TV with industrial velcro when we're not using it. Should look pretty good.Hope this helps.5This thing is a beastThis mount weighs at least twice as much as the TV I m hanging with it. I completely believe it could levitate an 80lb 88 TV out in the middle of the air.In fact that s about the worst thing, your TV could be too lite for this unit and you wouldn t be able to adjust the gas spring enough to get the lift balance correct. Mine had to crank all the way to the stop and is just right, and the LCD I hung was heavier than the OLED I was considering hanging.When install says use two people, it means it. That gas spring is extremely difficult to position until you have it bolted to something and can get some leverage.3
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