Before you start drilling...

here are some tips!

In principle, securing a Vogel's bracket is simple; drill the holes, push the plugs into the wall and mount the bracket with the screws provided. That's it.

But before you get ahead of yourself, we would like to give you a few tips to make sure that nothing goes wrong!

The right drill bit

The material into which you intend to drill determines the type of drill bit to use. For example, you would use a different bit to drill into wood than you would for a stone or concrete wall.

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Wood

This bit has a sharp point at the tip. This keeps the bit centred while drilling. If you are drilling a hole larger than 8mm then you should first drill a pilot hole with a 4 or 5mm bit.

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Stone/Concrete

You can recognise this drill bit by the wings at the tip. These wings are made of hardened metal and are used to grind the stone. If you are drilling a hole larger than 8mm then you should first drill a pilot hole with a 4 or 5mm bit. Tip: are you drilling into concrete? Then use a hammer drill instead of an impact drill.

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Metal

This bit has a blunt tip. First strike the metal with a nail in order to create a small depression where you wish to drill. This helps to keep the bit in position. If you are drilling a hole larger than 8mm then you should first drill a pilot hole with a 4 or 5mm bit.

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Tiles

These bits have a hardened tip in order to penetrate the ceramic or glazed layer on the tile. When drilling through tiles, you only use this tile bit to drill through the hard layer. You can drill the rest of the hole with a stone/concrete bit. Tip: place a piece of masking tape over the area you wish to drill. This stops the bit from slipping.

Tip: mark the depth of the hole on the drill bit

Hold the screw next to the drill bit that you will use and mark the length to the head of the screw on the drill bit with a permanent marker.

You may also use a piece of tape, which you can later remove. This tells you exactly how deep to drill into the wall. 

Tip: drill a pilot hole with a narrower bit

If you want to drill a hole larger than 5mm, first drill a smaller hole using a narrower bit of 4mm, for example. This makes it easier to drill with the larger bit.

Wall plugs are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, but what makes one better than another?

A suitable plug exists for every material. They are sometimes made of steel or brass, but most wall plugs are made of plastic. Plastic plugs are cheaper but do not hold as firmly as nylon plugs. It is unwise to skimp on the materials you use to mount your valuable TV. Vogel's always supplies Fischer nylon wall plugs with its products. 

Fischer products are generally regarded as the quality standard when it comes to plugs. The mounting materials provided are only suitable for walls made of brick, concrete and/or solid wood. If you are mounting a wall bracket on another type of surface, be sure to find out exactly which mounting materials you need.

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Mounting a wall bracket on a hollow wall

A hollow wall panel is usually made up of a wooden frame covered with plasterboard. The best option is to secure the bracket to the wooden frame underneath. Sometimes, the frame is metal or you may wish to mount the wall bracket at a different place on the wall. If this is the case, always use special, high-quality, hollow wall plugs or plasterboard plugs, such as those from Fischer. It is not advisable to mount a wall bracket with a swivel arm on a hollow wall. The movement of the swivel arm can put enormous strain on the wall and the mounting materials. This could noticeably damage the plasterboard or (unnoticeably) compromise the strength of the mounting.

Is the ideal mounting position for your TV right in the middle of a hollow wall?

We have the solution! The stud adapter THIN 595 allows you to install your TV wall mount securely on a hollow wall. Suitable for the THIN 550, THIN 545 and THIN 525.