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CidCock
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TV Mount Question
I just picked up a new TV with a 200 x 200 VESA pattern.

I have an older mount that is super robust (probably overkill for today's TV's), but it's secured in the wall with 4 lag bolts and I'd like to keep it. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a mounting plate and the vertical bars can only get about 12" apart at the absolute minimum. All of the VESA adapters are to make the mount larger to fit a larger TV, I actually need to go the other way.

I know I could buy a new mount for relatively cheap, but most of the cheaper ones are a single stud mount - which wouldn't work for me because I want it centered on a wall.

Any ideas?


LEASTBAY
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Kinda confused on what you're trying to do but toggle bolts in drywall will hold a massive amount of weight.


CidCock
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Sorry, I probably wasn't clear.

The mount I have is very secure, I could probably swing on it myself. New TV is much lighter than old TV, so absolutely no concerns there.

I want to retain the existing mount, just because it works fine for my needs and is a decent mount that could be utilized to hold a larger TV in the future.

New TV is 200 x 200, but the mount is for TV's that are 400 width spacing as the vertical bars won't slide much closer together.


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This one goes down to 150 vesa and is 2-stud mounted.

LINK


CidCock
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Yeah, that's probably what I will go with if I can't make my existing one work. I just hate to get rid of it, if i can make it work with a slight adjustment.


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I had a similar issue when I got a new TV, and I made an adapter plate out of 1/8" aluminum sheetmetal.

If you're handy, maybe you can find a local shop that will give or sell you a scrap. If I'm imagining it right, you can probably do the same with two pieces of flatbar, but you might go a little thicker in that case.


Might take a little time, but it would definitely be cheaper and would save you from having to possibly put new holes in the wall.


CidCock
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I have this LINK

The two interior bars don't get close enough together to slide the 2 adjustable vertical bars in to a 200mm pattern. But the manual says it works down to 200, how???


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Any ideas?


Something like this. There are various styles of these available

LINK
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I have this LINK


The outer bars don't slide in?


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Korkstand
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Something like this. There are various styles of these available

LINK

Something like this will likely work for you OP (assuming your bars really don't adjust like the manual says).

In my case I had to go custom because I had to offset vertically, but yours has vertical rails so shouldn't be a problem.


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Chitown_Badger
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New TV is 200 x 200


What does this mean? 200 x 200 what?


jennyjones
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What does this mean? 200 x 200 what?


VESA size in mm


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Korkstand
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It's the center-to-center distance in mm for the bolt hole pattern on the TV, horizontal x vertical. VESA is the association that defines the standard sizes, 200x200 is but one of maybe a dozen or so.


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I learned my one thing today. Time to shut er down and crack a beer


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CidCock
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Most of those specifically say they will make the mount larger (increase the spacing). I need the opposite.


CidCock
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The outer bars slide in, but they can't clear the interior bars to get 200 mm apart.

I actually called the manufacturer and they said the mount is really old and the manual is wrong. Wth??

The mount holds up to 175 #


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Korkstand
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Most of those specifically say they will make the mount larger (increase the spacing). I need the opposite.
I don't think there's a difference. Whether you make a small pattern larger or a large pattern smaller, the adapter still needs both bolt patterns.

As long as it has the specific pattern your TV requires, and if it has a pattern large enough for your existing mount, it should work. The only issue you might have is if the heads of the bolts in the TV bump against the mount, but almost every kit includes plastic donut spacers to accommodate.


Edit: I just read the description in that link where it repeatedly says that it makes your existing mount larger and NOT the opposite. BUT it says that because it is intended to mount flush against a smaller plate, in which case it canNOT downsize a 400x200 mount (because the existing plate would cover the holes in the smaller patterns on the adapter). Your mount doesn't have a plate, it has rails, so you won't have that problem.
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jennyjones
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Edit: I just read the description in that link where it repeatedly says that it makes your existing mount larger and NOT the opposite. BUT it says that because it is intended to mount flush against a smaller plate, in which case it canNOT downsize a 400x200 mount (because the existing plate would cover the holes in the smaller patterns on the adapter). Your mount doesn't have a plate, it has rails, so you won't have that problem.


This.... it would work with his mount. The holes would line up and wouldn’t block a 200x200 configuration with his mount. Plus Those plates are thick - weight shouldn’t be an issue either

If your vertical rails really won’t slide in enough (very odd), an adapter plate as shown above is really your only option if you don’t want to start over with a new mount

For leverage and strength purposes , I would slide those suckers in as much as possible and line up your rails up with the 300mm holes on one of those plates (12” mentioned in OP equals 304mm )


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jennyjones
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CidCock


Bump

You got that bitch mounted yet or what?


Korkstand
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Yeah OP mount that bitch


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