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It all started when I was working on fixing my posture. I’m a taller 6 foot 5 male, and I don’t fit that well at your average desk. I gave my chair some additional lumbar support and am teaching myself to sit up straight while I work at a desk. It was an annoying process, but I’m starting to feel better. I sit at a desk longer than I care to admit on your average day.
UPDATE: As of Jan 22, 2018 the monitor and mount are still holding up great even after a move and reinstall.
One of my issues of standing up straight while I sat was that I now had to turn my head downward to see my screen. The height of the desk is only so tall. I needed to raise my monitor. Your eyes should be level with the top of your monitor (or so I’ve read, makes sense). One option is to stick items under the monitor stand, but that can look tacky. I decided to go a different approach and wall mounted my two monitors at my home desk.
|My Old Setup|
Complication #1: The Samsung SyncMaster PX2370 does not have VESA brackets for wall mounting. First off, let me say that the PX2370 is a great monitor. Super slim, 1080p native resolution, sleek look, and great image quality. I’ve never had an issue with it until now. There are no screw holes to screw in a monitor mount! Most likely Samsung wanted to keep this thing as slim as possible. This wasn’t going to stop me.
|Glue baby glue|
My solution – glue the hell out of it to the back of the monitor. I went to the hardware store and grabbed some epoxy – holy cow is this stuff good at gluing things. Once it bonds and has a full cure, it is pretty indestructible. I lined up where I wanted to mount the mount, used some sandpaper to scratch up both the surface of the monitor and mount (to give it more grip), and then poured on the epoxy. I let it cure 24 hrs before handling it. Problem solved. The mount and the monitor are now married for life. Luckily this monitor is pretty light – I have no fear of it falling off.
Also note that I needed to disassemble the foot mount that came with the monitor. It’s not designed to come off, but it doesn’t look bad at all from the front with it off.
Luckily my other monitor had the VESA brackets, so that was quick. Now time to get this thing on the wall.
Complication #2: My building has metal studs. This raises a concern because the standard screws that come with a wall mount are designed to screw into a wood stud. They grip into the wood to give a sturdy hold. I live in a modern high rise building where metal studs are used. They are strong, however they are hollow – a standard screw will not be able to get much grip in these.
I did some research and determined that I should use some toggle bolts. I found this site: www.naturalhandyman.com and this site: www.renovation-headquarters.com to be very helpful in explaining the various wall anchors and pros & cons of each.
I found the studs on the wall with a regular stud detector, marked up the wall, and started drilling. Note: in my building the studs are 24″ apart, which is a newer standard in modern buildings as I understand. You can tell when you are hitting a metal stud because the drill will stop going into the wall and there will be a little bit of give when you push. Apply some more force, and your drill bit will easily cut it’s way through.
|Mount anchored to the wall and metal stud with a toggle bolt.|
After that, it’s just a matter of getting the monitors level and getting them in place.
See below for additional pictures. Post in the comments if you have any questions!
|Another shot of the epoxy mount|
|another rear shot|
|Showing how thin the PX2370 is|
|Both monitors up|
|Another angle of completed setup|