Lessons from a Hanging a TV

Hmmm, what could possibly be learned from hanging a tv – well I’ll tell you!  You can have all the tools in the world, but if you have poor foresight and just meet the minimum requirement – your butt is going back to Wal-Mart.  That’s what happened tonight.  My roommate has a taste for the finer things in life – nice kitchens, big tvs, giant leather sectional couches that could comfortably seat 3-4 ents watching a LOTR movie marathon.

So we’re hanging his 46″ television above the fireplace and I happily offer my experience and toolset, I mean, I was in the business for nearly 3 years and have mounted close to 100 televisions so this should be a no brainer, right?  So I go about the steps methodically as I have many times before… prep the tv, take it off the stand, bolt the brackets on the back of it, pre drill the lag bolt holes for the wall bracket, bolt the wall bracket securely to two studs, … ready! Time to throw the tv up there… we go to do that and come to realize we don’t have enough play to the left or right to center the tv properly on the wall AND the wall bracket would have to be moved to cover the electrical outlet for it to be center.  Next, I look at the mount box and come to realize it’s for a 32-47″ tv… so just barely meets the minimum requirements for this 46″ tv.  So he took it back to Wal-Mart to exchange for a larger mount, what a treat.

check out red and green sweatshirt taking a nap in line

Since nobody in their right mind would ever want to subject themselves to a Wal-Mart product return line, let’s identify the valuable takeaway here.

Even though I had all the right tools and experience to complete the project and do a great job, the foundational measurement for centering the perfect television above the fireplace was not taken, therefore the entire project was completed based on an off centered point of focus and had to be re-done, including a lengthy trip back to Wal-Mart.  So when starting a project, whether it be something around the house or writing some JavaScript, make sure to have clear focus on what it is you’re trying to accomplish and if the path you’re taking is destined to produce and off centered final product, tap the brakes, cut your losses, and redirect your course towards the true north goal.