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Old 10-21-2016, 07:48 PM
 
Location: San Bernardino, CA
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When I was cleaning the living room, I noticed that the glass stand (base) for my Element ELEFT481 TV has cracked internally (unless it was mosaic). The TV monitor is starting to tilt, which means the stand might no longer support its weight.

The TV is 2 years old. I heard cracking at night, but I didn't knew it was the TV stand.

What should I do? Is it better to get a wall mount?



Its cracked from the back as well.
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Old 10-21-2016, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Looks like a product defect to me. I have a very heavy 80" TV on a stand with no problems so far.
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Old 10-21-2016, 10:04 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Definitely get it off of that stand, and either buy a replacement or wall mount before it falls. Ours is plastic, but with a steel plate inside.
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Old 10-23-2016, 02:48 PM
 
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They are cheap for a reason.
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Old 10-24-2016, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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The stand... is glass?!?! That's crazy. Never heard of such a thing.
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Old 10-26-2016, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Diaspora
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It happens. Throw away the stand before it completely shatters and you have a mess to clean up. And then go buy another one without glass shelves.
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Old 10-27-2016, 09:08 AM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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It's not the shelf that's glass it's the stand and it's probably plexiglass which breaks like glass.

Either do a wall mount or get a VESA mount stand that replaces the one that the TV came with.

Here is an example
Universal Table Top TV Stand for 32" - 60" Flat-Screen Televisions | 50-14795 (5014795) | Pro Signal



Or a fancy one like this. (Quite a bit more)
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Old 10-27-2016, 06:54 PM
 
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You can hang a television with eye bolts and picture frame wire. The only problem is that a good stand will let you tilt the screen at an angle which reduces glare from windows and/or other light sources.

But letting it fall over is likely to reduce your TV to trash.
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Old 10-30-2016, 05:14 PM
 
Location: San Bernardino, CA
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I know modern flat screens produce less heat & are more energy efficient (unlike plasmas), but is it bad to mount them too close to the wall?




Is it better to get a full motion tv wall mount?
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Old 11-01-2016, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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No, it is not bad to wall mount. Full motion is up to you. How big is your living room and where are your viewing angles? Only you can answer that.

I don't like wall mounting.
My living room one is similar to the second one gguerra posted (but way prettier) and my bedroom one I'm pretty sure is the exact model ggueara posted first.
I like them both very much.
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