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Old 03-25-2017, 06:52 PM   #1
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I have installed several wall mounted flat screen TVs but they were all in existing houses. I have to put a TV box in for a wall mount in a new build and don't know the normal height for the receptacle/TV box.
Is there a standard rough-in height for these?
I plan on putting in the Arlington TV box that has line voltage on one side and component/HDMI/low voltage stuff on the other.
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The height is up to the customer. You can put it where you put it on 50 other jobs, and the customer still might not like it.

If you can't get the customer to sign off on the height right now, I would just coil up the romex and HDMI cables in the wall cavity and cut it in later like you would with pendant lights over an island/peninsula.
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Rule of thumb is the eyes of the viewer in the viewing position should be at the same height as the bottom 1/3 of the TV. So, kinda depends on the furniture, size of TV and the height of the person watching the TV, if you want to get that technical.

Any consolation if you don't have any of that info, usually ends up with bottom of TV around 42" or so. You should be able figure box location from there. Personally, I've done all the in-wall media boxes I've ever done as old work, never new construction, so I usually was able to get all the pieces of the puzzle before cutting anything. (Furniture, customer height, size of TV and location of jacks on TV, right or left)
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If it helps, the room is a bedroom and the TV will be viewed from laying in bed.
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If it helps, the room is a bedroom and the TV will be viewed from laying in bed.
Get it in writing from the HO or you'll be the bad guy and expected to come back and move it for sure.
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8' wall, I go 5'. Never had a complaint.
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8' wall, I go 5'. Never had a complaint.
In bedrooms I normally mount the tv to be 2" below the ceiling moulding.

My bedroom tv is a 60" and the bottom wouldn't cover a box at 5'.
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See what Mech said above? That is what he likes, but I would hate that.

This is 100% the opinion of the customer, and Murphy's Law says whatever you do will be wrong.

I installed a TV in a condo above the fireplace for a woman, she wanted it about 3" above the mantle. She loved it, and recommended it to her neighbor with the same exact condo. When I went to put it about 3" above the mantle, she flipped out. She wanted it over a foot above the mantle so that she could still put her tchotchkes on it.
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I have found residential TV positioning to be comically fussy, I try to press for then to OK the position before I do anything. There is no standard.

It doesn't look as nice but in bedrooms, sometimes positioning the TVs very high is best so both people can see it.
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See what Mech said above? That is what he likes, but I would hate that.

This is 100% the opinion of the customer, and Murphy's Law says whatever you do will be wrong.

I installed a TV in a condo above the fireplace for a woman, she wanted it about 3" above the mantle. She loved it, and recommended it to her neighbor with the same exact condo. When I went to put it about 3" above the mantle, she flipped out. She wanted it over a foot above the mantle so that she could still put her tchotchkes on it.
Exactly!

Our bed is high and lying there and watching the tv it has to be that high to view it comfortably. With a 40" tv on top of a bachelors chest it was too low to be comfortable.
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I have found residential TV positioning to be comically fussy, I try to press for then to OK the position before I do anything. There is no standard.

It doesn't look as nice but in bedrooms, sometimes positioning the TVs very high is best so both people can see it.
Have you tried the cardboard silhouette and masking tape rollers to try and simulate a tv screen for clients?

It solves the woman's "I can envision it" problem.
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Stop worrying about height AFF.

Concern yourself with the lousy propaganda and indoctrination ... and its ability to spy on the family.

You can't even really turn the dang thing off.
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Have you tried the cardboard silhouette and masking tape rollers to try and simulate a tv screen for clients?

It solves the woman's "I can envision it" problem.
Yes, I sometimes cut the cardboard right out of the box the TV comes in, that takes the guesswork out of it.
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Yes, I sometimes cut the cardboard right out of the box the TV comes in, that takes the guesswork out of it.
LOL, I do exactly that and roll it up and down on tape rings. It works everytime.
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Stop worrying about height AFF.

Concern yourself with the lousy propaganda and indoctrination ... and its ability to spy on the family.

You can't even really turn the dang thing off.
I hardly see how that's the installer's problem. If someone wants a smart tv in their bedroom, that's their decision. How is it up to us to tell them that big brother is watching them get it on and try to dissuade them?

I saw a great meme the other day that said something like:

People in the 60s: "In the future the government will try to wiretap your house."
People now: "Hey wiretap, can cats eat pancakes"?

There is no saving people from their obsession with convenience. Yesterday's invasion of privacy is today's wonder of modern technology.
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I hardly see how that's the installer's problem. If someone wants a smart tv in their bedroom, that's their decision. How is it up to us to tell them that big brother is watching them get it on and try to dissuade them?

I saw a great meme the other day that said something like:

People in the 60s: "In the future the government will try to wiretap your house."
People now: "Hey wiretap, can cats eat pancakes"?

There is no saving people from their obsession with convenience. Yesterday's invasion of privacy is today's wonder of modern technology.
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Yeah, that one.
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Stop worrying about height AFF.

Concern yourself with the lousy propaganda and indoctrination ... and its ability to spy on the family.

You can't even really turn the dang thing off.
You're right, I am going to turn down all the profitable television hanging jobs I have because of this post. Thanks buddy.
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Yeah, that one.
Saw it yesterday and laughed.
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