Frequently Asked Questions

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Install FAQ

How long should my cables be for my Devices to connect to the TV on the wall?
The device distance from the wall, plus the TV height from the device plus, the pullout distance desired for the device and TV and any extra cable for future consideration equals the cable length needed.

How expensive is it to install a standard plug behind the TV on the wall?
There are a few factors that come into play. 1. The distance the TV is from an existing plug that can be used. 2. The number of wall studs the wire needs to be penetrated or fished through. In most cases the plug can be added from 75 to 175 dollars at the time of the TV install. It depends on the details.

How should I choose my HDMI cables?
Choosing cables can be simple. Testing shows that the human eye cannot see the difference between high speed HDMI and high speed HDMI whether it is Gold tipped, Silver tipped or standard composition. Save your money and buy the cable that does the job for a lot less money.

Will I lose picture quality using HDMI if I use couplers or long cables?
The short answer is not humanly recognizable differences. If you use High Speed to High Speed cables then you will not see the difference until you get passed an unrealistic distance or an unnecessary number of connectors.

What HDMI cables should I use to maximize my 3D TV and why?


Wallpaper FAQ

How should a wall surface for wallpapering be prepared for best results?
• If the wall is flat with no texture the wall should be sealed to protect the drywall from the removal in the future.
• Also, any small raised specks should be removed typically by light scraping.

How should a wall surface with raised texture, not flat, be prepared to accept wallpaper?
• The wall should be lightly scrapped to knock off the highest points.
• The surface should be tight with no loose material, then, it should be skimmed with gypsum mud to a smooth surface. No dry sanding is necessary. The surface should be wet sponge sanded.
• After the mud drying, the clean surface should be sealed to protect the drywall from the removal process in the future.

If the wall is not prepared to a smooth surface what will the results be?
• Depending on the paper used, the imperfections on the wall, texture, glue, under the paper, those imperfections will be noticed to some degree at the wallpaper surface.
• Also, because of the not smooth surface, the seams will be more visible. The seams do not dry down smooth on a not smooth surface.

What causes a seam to be more or less visible?
• A combination of the wall preparation.
• The color of the subsurface.
• The color of the paper.
• The color of the body of the paper.
• If the paper has a pattern, raised, large or small.
• The cut edge of the paper, factory or hand cut.
• The glue that is used.
• The use of camouflaging techniques.
• The different camouflaging materials used.
• The skill of the installer to bring these factors together for the best economical and reasonable desired results.


Hanging Items FAQ

How do you decide where to hang a TV?
Typically the center of the wall where the cable connections and the power are located. The height location depends on the size of the TV and whether a furniture piece will be located below the TV.

What type of hardware should be used for hanging items on the wall or ceiling?
It depends on the weight of the object, the number attachment points and the sub straight that will hold the hardware.

Do I have to attach to a stub in the wall to hang a large TV?
In most cases it is not necessary to attach to a stud if you have more than 2 attachment points considering the weight and the bracket used.

How do you decide on a location to hang a picture, painting, or mirror?
It depends on the size of the object, the purpose of the object and the area of the space that is being considered.

Can objects be hung from a ceiling?
Objects can be hung from the ceiling depending on the weight of the object and the composition of the ceiling.

How should a towel bar be attached to a wall?
If the towel bar is used day to day and not for decoration only, it should have attachments that are able to carry the weight of full size dry or wet towels. The typical attachment hardware supplied by most hardware manufacturers will not hold the weight of a full size wet towel in a heavily used bath.

How do curtains hang on a wall?
Depending on the size, weight, length and rod attachment design, the curtains should be attached with an anchor capable of handling the weight of the curtains and the active use of pulling open and closing.

What are the lengths of curtains on the retailer's shelf?
The length of curtains on the shelf at retailers are ceiling to floor or header to window sill or header to floor.

How can the sunlight be reduced in a room with large windows?
It is reduced by installing black out curtains.

What are black out curtains?
Black out curtains are curtains that have a liner in the curtain that blocks a large percentage of sunlight light from passing through the curtain.

Can I keep my existing curtains and still black out a large percentage of the sunlight?
Yes, black out liners are available to put behind your existing curtains.

Does the color of the black out curtain affect the percentage of blacking out the sunlight?
Yes, a darker or black blackout curtain will be more effective than a light colored black out curtain.


Wall FAQ

What are the components of a typical interior wall?
An interior wall in a commercial building is made of a metal frame with drywall sheets, fastened with screws to vertical studs.  The joints are taped with paper and smoothed out with a gypsum paste.  The surface is sanded after it dries.  After a few repeats of this process the desired surface is then painted with the selected paint.

What is Drywall?
A sheet board of gypsum with a paper backing on both sides.

What sizes are typical drywall used in commercial construction?
Most sheets are 10x4 feet and they are 5/8" thick.

What is drywall fastened to, making it stay in place?
In most commercial interiors a metal frame is built to create the location for a wall.

What are the framing members called?
The framing members consist of a ceiling horizontal metal track.  The vertical member running from the ceiling to floor is the metal stud.  The horizontal metal track on the floor is the base track.

What holds the ceiling in suspension?
A metal grid is put in at the specified height for the drywall to be fastened in place.  The grid is usually hanging from wire hangings from the structure.

How is the texture on the drywall achieved?
In most commercial applications the texture is spray applied or rolled on in the paint.

What paint finishes are applied to the wall?
Most walls are painted in these finishes; flat, satin, eggshell, glossy, or semi-gloss.

How can you distinguish the paint finishes?
One must physically view the differences in person to comprehend the various finishes.  Samples are readily available at paint suppliers.

What are the liquids that are the catalysts of the paint colors?
In most cases paint is either water based (Latex) or oil based.

How are the paints matched to the surfaces?
Oil based paints are used on trim surfaces such as base boards, moldings, doors and windows.  However, water based paints are used on these surfaces as well.  Water based paints are used on wall surfaces typically.  Oil based paints are not used on walls typically.

What is the overall thickness of a typical interior wall?
The wall consists of one 5/8" thick drywall sheet, plus one 3 and 5/8" metal stud, plus one 5/8" thick drywall sheet.  This equals 4 and 7/8".

What can be inside of the wall?
The wires that feed to the plugs and the cable that connects to the TV and the Cat cable that feeds the phones and computers.  The other items in the wall could be PVC sewer pipe, copper tubing for water supply, and plastic tubing for water supply.

What is a sound barrier wall?
A sound barrier wall is made of extra layers of drywall and or insulation in the wall to reduce noise from transferring into the adjacent room.



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