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How to Recycle Newspaper

Posted: 03 Jan 2020 04:00 PM PST

Recycling newspaper is incredibly easy since there isn't anything unique about newspaper that makes it difficult to process. Most newspapers can be included with your standard recyclables. Contact your municipal government to find out how you should sort your recycling for pickup. If you prefer, you can also compost your newspaper alongside leaves, food waste, and lawn trimmings. If you want to get more use out of your newspaper before recycling or composting it, use it as a packing material, gift wrap, weed killer, or window cleaner.


[Edit]Using Your Standard Recycling

  1. Contact your municipal government to see if they take newspaper. There is nothing special about newspaper that makes it hard to recycle. However, some local governments have unique restrictions on what type of recyclables can be put in the same bin, and some require that papers and plastics be separated. Call your local streets and sanitation department to see what their recycling requirements are for newspapers.[1]
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    • Look online to find your local streets and sanitation or waste collection department's phone number. It may also be printed on your recycling bin if your city provided you with it.
    • The vast majority of the time, your city's waste collection department will tell you that newspaper can be stuffed in the same bin as your other plastics, papers, and cardboard boxes.
  2. Place your newspaper in your standard recycling bin. Fold your newspaper flat so that it fits in your recycling bin and doesn't take up a ton of space. Set it outside for your weekly pick-up alongside your cardboard and other paper.[2]
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    • Keep your recyclables away from food contamination by holding on to your takeout containers and disposable plates. Food-waste and greasy residue belongs in the trash, not your recycling bin.
  3. Take your newspapers to a recycling plant if your city doesn't pick up. If your local government doesn't recycle or they refuse to take newspapers, you can take them to a plant yourself. Look online to find recycling plants in your area. Call the closest plant and ask them if they take newspaper. If they do, wait until you've filled a bin with newspapers. Then, drive them to the local plant and drop them off for recycling,[3]
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    • Unless the plant has a special focus on materials that are difficult to process, the recycling plant near you will have no problem taking your newspaper.
    • Most municipal plants do not charge a fee for dropping materials off.

[Edit]Composting Newspaper

  1. Create a compost bin or pile, using your newspaper as filler. Composting is the process of piling up organic materials and allowing them to decompose over time. This can be done in a bin, box, or free-standing pile. Choose to set up a composting bin or box if you want to keep your compost contained. If you have a large yard, a free-standing pile is perfectly fine.[4]
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    • You need a mix of "green" and "brown" materials to compost. Green materials refer to organics that are usually green, like plants, flowers, and food waste. Browns tend to be white or brown. Newspapers count as a brown for composting purposes, even if they are white or gray in color.
    • Get a bin with a lid if you're worried about smell. It isn't essential for the composting process, though.
  2. Layer your newspapers in the bottom half of a compost bin or pile. To effectively compost, you need an equal mixture of green and brown layers. Since newspaper takes longer to break down than standard organic waste and can blow away in the wind, lay it out flat in the bottom half of your bin to keep it weighed down. You can add any number of layers, but the more you add, the longer it will take to break down.[5]
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    • It doesn't matter what type of newspaper you use or how many layers you add. The bigger your compost pile is, the longer it will take to break down, though.
    • Incorporate your newspaper in thinner layers if you want them to compost as quickly as possible.
    • Include a mixed set of green and brown layers for maximum effectiveness.
    • Add your compost by hand or with a shovel. You shouldn't add any toxic materials to the pile to begin with, so it will be fine to touch the compost.
  3. Wait 2-4 weeks for your pile to begin breaking down. Compost will break down naturally over time. Eventually, it will turn into a soil-like substance that you can use in your yard as fertilizer. Leave the pile alone for 2-4 weeks to let it start to break down.[6]
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  4. Mix your pile and wait another 3-4 weeks for your compost to break down. The amount of time that it takes for your compost to decompose depends upon the materials, the temperature, and the air flow your compost is exposed to. After the first 2-4 weeks have passed, use a shovel or trowel to mix your pile up. Mix the pile once a week to continue introducing air, which will aid in the breakdown of the organic materials. Wait another 3-4 weeks for your pile to break down into a soil-like material.[7]
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    • It may take longer than 6 weeks for your compost to break down if you have a really large pile.
  5. Use your compost in the garden as a topsoil. Compost is a nutrient-rich material that will promote healthy plant growth in your garden. Once your compost has broken down, spread it out across your garden as a topsoil to incorporate it into your yard or garden.[8]
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    • Start a new compost pile or bin once you spread your decomposed compost out.
    • You can tell when a compost pile is done decomposing when you can no longer identify the ingredients that you originally added. It should look like a uniform mound of soil-like debris.

[Edit]Upcycling and Reusing Newspaper

  1. Use old newspaper as gift wrap to cut back on waste. Instead of spending money on fancy gift wrap, use stacks of old newspaper to wrap your gifts. Lay a sheet of newspaper flat and place your box or item in the center of the paper. Pull a corner up and smooth it down with the palm of your hand. Use a piece of tape to affix the corner to your item and repeat for the other corners. Use multiple sheets layered on top of one another to cover the item.[9]
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  2. Keep shipped goods from breaking with newspaper. Newspaper is soft and makes a great packing material. Instead of using bubble wrap or packing peanuts, fill your boxes with crumpled newspaper to keep your goods from breaking or shattering while they're being shipped.[10]
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    • Packing peanuts and bubble wrap are extremely difficult to recycle. This is a good way to avoid introducing them into the environment.
    • Do not use newspaper to keep perishable goods safe. The ink on the paper may make its way into the organic material.[11]
  3. Clean windows and glass with black and white newspaper. The next time you grab some window cleaner to clean your windows, use newspapers instead of paper towels. Spread the newspaper out around your palm and wipe your windows using a circular motion after spraying them with the cleaner. Dry newspaper can also be used to wipe your cleaner off and wipe your window dry.[12]
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    • Don't use paper with color ink on it to do this. Sometimes, colored ink breaks down and wipes off when it gets wet. Black and white newspaper will be fine though.
    • If you really want to cut back on your carbon footprint, use a mixture of 1-part vinegar and 1-part water instead of a commercial cleaner.
    • You can compost your vinegar-soaked newspaper after you're done. You can't recycle it in your standard recycling bin, though.
  4. Smother weeds in your garden with newspaper stacks. To use newspaper in your garden, grab a stack of 5-10 newspapers. Take them to a weed-infested area of your garden and lay them directly on top of the weeds. Then, cover the newspapers with wood chips or mulch to smother the weeds and keep them from spreading. Over time, your newspapers will decompose on top of the weeds and work their way into your soil, killing the weeds in the process.[13]
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    • This is a good way to get rid of newspapers naturally without introducing harmful chemicals into your garden.

[Edit]Things You'll Need

[Edit]Using Your Standard Recycling

  • Recycling bin

[Edit]Composting Newspaper

  • Compost bin (optional)
  • Shovel or trowel


How to Grow Ivy from Cuttings

Posted: 03 Jan 2020 08:00 AM PST

Ivy is a prolific and lush plant that can add a lot of green to your landscape or your home. Whether you want ivy for your yard or for inside your home, growing ivy from cuttings is an easy process that will save you the cost of buying new plants. Start by gathering your cuttings, then root them in soil or water. Keep them in a warm area that gets indirect light and repot them the following spring. With just a little bit of effort and some time, you will have an abundance of new ivy plants that you didn't have to purchase.


[Edit]Gathering Your Cuttings

  1. Take cuttings from ivy in the late summer or early fall. This is the time of year when there will be fresh growth on the plant, which is especially good for cuttings. Also, the weather will be ideal in the fall to get the cuttings started. Aim to take cuttings before cold weather sets in.[1]
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    • Taking cuttings at this time of year will also make the timing right for planting your new plants in the spring if they are going outside.
  2. Look for young, fresh growth on an existing plant. Ivy cuttings work best when they are made from the current year's growth. You can identify new growth by looking for the parts of the ivy plant that look fresh and light green, not the older areas that have dark green leaves and thick stems.[2]
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    • This kind of cutting is called a semi-ripe cutting. It is taken from this year's growth, not older sections.
    • Avoid picking out pieces that are damaged or have unusual growth patterns.
  3. Find a stem that has 3 to 4 nodes on it for best results. Hold the stem with 1 hand just above one of the nodes. Locate a spot right above the nodes or a set of leaves, so that the leaves will be left on the stem after you cut it.[3]
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  4. Use clean garden shears or a knife to cut off at least . Using clean shears will reduce the chance of introducing a disease or pest onto the cutting as you gather it. To sterilize your shears, wipe isopropyl or rubbing alcohol over the entire cutting surface of the shears. Then, cut straight across the stem with the shears.[4]
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  5. Wrap the cuttings in a damp towel and put them in a plastic bag. Wet a paper towel or rag and wrap it around the cut ends of the stems. Place the cuttings and the towel in a plastic bag to help keep them moist.[5]
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    • This is especially important if you need to wait to put your cuttings in soil for an hour or more.
    • If possible, take your cuttings in the morning. The ivy plant will have a lot of moisture in it at that time, which can help to keep the cuttings moist.

[Edit]Rooting Your Cuttings in Soil

  1. Choose pots that are big enough to insert all of the cuttings into. If you are doing 6 cuttings or less, a standard pot will work well. If you are doing more than 6 cuttings, choose a bigger pot or several pots.
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    • You can put cuttings in any type of pot, including terra cotta, plastic, and ceramic. However, no matter which you choose, the pots need to have drainage holes in the bottom.[6]
    • Putting several cuttings in one pot will cut down on the space required for the cuttings and it will also mean fewer pots to water. Since the plants will need to be repotted once they have rooted, they will be perfectly fine together in one pot for this period.
  2. Fill the pots with soil and water them. Pick a general potting soil or a soil made specifically for propagation, which usually has a high percentage of perlite or sand. Fill each pot with soil until it is below the edge of the pot. Then, place the pot over a sink or set it outside, and fill the pot with water until it runs out of the bottom.[7]
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    • Leaving the soil below the edge of the pot will allow you to water the cuttings without the water overflowing.
  3. Put holes in the soil apart around the edge of the pot. Use the eraser end of a pencil to make the holes deep. This will allow you to put the cuttings into the soil without moving the rooting powder off the end of the cutting.[8]
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    • Make as many holes as you have cuttings.
    • You can also use a skewer, dowel, or another small pointed object to make the holes.
  4. Trim off the ends of the cuttings again. Then, prune away any leaves that are within of the end of the cutting. This will give you a clean and fresh end to insert into the soil.[9]
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    • This is especially important if your cuttings were gathered longer than an hour or so ago, as the end of the cuttings is more likely to be dried out.
    • Use clean shears or a knife to make these additional cuts.
  5. Dip the cut end of each cutting in rooting hormone. Open the container of rooting hormone and pick up your cutting. Dip the bottom of the cut end into the hormone. Lift it out to just above the surface of the hormone and tap it lightly to knock off any excess hormone.[10]
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    • You can buy rooting hormone in powder or liquid form. It is available at most garden stores and from online retailers.
  6. Place a cutting in each hole in the soil and secure it in place. Insert each cutting into an individual hole. Place the end with the rooting hormone into a hole until it hits the bottom. Hold the cutting upright with one hand and then press the soil around it so that it stays securely in place.
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    • As you are inserting the cutting, try to keep it centered in the hole so that very little of the rooting hormone is knocked off. However, losing a little of it on the top edge of the hole is fine.[11]
  7. Water the pot again until water runs out the bottom. Put the pot under a faucet or use a watering can to soak the soil. Keep watering in a light stream until water comes out of the bottom of the pot, which will signal that all of the soil is thoroughly moistened.
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    • Be careful not to disturb the cuttings too much as you water. Keep the stream of water away from the base of the cuttings so that they stay securely in the soil.

[Edit]Rooting the Cuttings in Water

  1. Cut the stem just below the lowest root node. The nodes look like bumps on the stem where new stems and leaves grow out from. Use a clean knife or pair of sharp scissors and make the cut straight across the stem. Cut about below the node.[12]
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    • If there are any leaves beside the bottom node, pinch or cut them off.[13]
  2. Place the cutting in a clean cup with room-temperature water. Ensure that the water covers the bottom node on the stem and that there are not any leaves below the surface of the water. Pour out a little water if it's covering a stem.[14]
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  3. Change the water once every 3 to 5 days and rinse the roots. Dump out the old water and replace it with new room-temperature water once every 3 to 5 days. When you do this, rinse off the roots with room-temperature water. You can also gently rub the roots with your fingers while you rinse them to remove any film that has gathered on the roots.[15]
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  4. Transfer the cuttings to soil once the roots are in length. Observe the roots as they grow and move your cutting to a pot filled with soil after the roots are about long. Check the length of the roots buy pulling the ivy stem out of the water and holding a ruler next to the roots. Measure from the bottom node to the end of the roots.[16]
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[Edit]Caring for Cuttings as They Root

  1. Place the pots or cups in a bright, warm location either inside or outside. The pots or cups need to be out of direct sunlight but they can't be cold or light deprived. If the pots are inside, put them in a spot that is near a window that gets bright light but that will not shine directly on the cuttings. If you are keeping them outside, put them in a greenhouse, a propagator, or cover the pots with plastic bags and put them in a warm, bright spot out of direct sunlight.[17]
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    • You will need to check on the moisture level of potted cuttings often, so put the cuttings somewhere you can easily access.
  2. Keep the soil in potted cuttings damp at all times. Sprinkle the soil with water whenever the surface starts to dry out. The amount of time the soil takes to dry out will depend on the warmth and humidity where the plants are located.[18]
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    • In many cases, a mister works well to keep outdoor cuttings wet while direct watering works well for indoor pots.
    • However, be careful not to drown the cuttings in too much water either. For example, don't leave the pot sitting in water.
  3. Remove any discolored or dead cuttings in the soil or water. In most cases, some of your cuttings won't survive. If you see a cutting that has turned yellow, wilted, or has fallen over, remove it from the pot. Taking dead and diseased cuttings out of the pot or cup will help the other cuttings to thrive.[19]
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    • When in doubt about whether a cutting is dead or dying, err on the side of caution and remove it. It's best to have fewer healthy plants than to have lots of diseased ones.
  4. Repot cuttings when they have new growth or wait until the spring. Climbers like ivy usually root in 1-2 months with proper care. Once you're ready to repot them, pot them as you would any new plant, being careful with the roots and giving them rich soil to thrive in.[20]
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    • If planting outdoors, you can put your young ivy plants in the ground or in a pot. However, keep in mind that a potted plant will need to be watered more often because it will dry out quicker.
    • Allow the new plants establish themselves for at least a few months before repotting them.


How to Ask for Help

Posted: 03 Jan 2020 12:00 AM PST

Maybe you're a new parent overwhelmed by keeping the house in order. Or maybe you're a student struggling with a tough homework assignment. Everyone has been in a situation where they could use some help. Unfortunately, it can feel tough to ask for help. Maybe you feel embarrassed or scared that you'll be turned down. Don't worry! Once you figure out what you need, you can make a polite and organized request. Chances are someone will be happy to give you the help you need!


[Edit]Figuring Out What Kind of Help You Need

  1. Make a list of what you need. It's normal to feel overwhelmed in general and just want some help. However, you'll be better prepared to ask for help if you can clearly articulate your needs. For example, maybe you've recently had surgery and need a lot of help just getting things done. Your list might look like this:[1]
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    • Go to the grocery store
    • Take the kids to dentist appointments
    • Walk the dog
    • Help with depression
  2. Rate the importance of each need. Assign a number from 1-10 to each need. A 10 means that this task is essential, a 1 means that it is not that important. This will help you figure out your most pressing needs. You can start with getting help for those, and then work your way down the list. For example, it's normal to struggle with depression after a surgery. That would be rated a 10, since it can impact your ability to take care of other needs.
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  3. Write down a list of people who could help you. While it might seem daunting to ask for help, remember that there are likely plenty of people in your life who will be more than happy to help you. Start with family and close friends and then think about other parts of your network. Your list might include:[2]
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    • Your partner
    • Your siblings
    • Your children
    • Your best friend
    • Your neighbors
  4. Match each person with one specific need. Now it is time to compare your lists. Choose which person to ask for help with each task. Maybe your sister is a therapist. Ask her for some ideas about how to cope with depression. If your kids are old enough, they can walk the dog. Ask your partner to take a break from work to make sure the kids get to the dentist. Ask your neighbor if they would mind picking up a few things at the grocery store the next time they make a run. Choose people based on their abilities and their relationship to you.[3]
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    • This is called delegating tasks. Delegating tasks to people you trust can help you reduce stress, especially in times when you need extra help.
  5. Recognize that it is healthy and smart to ask for help. It is important to remember that it is not weak to ask for help. In fact, it shows that you are strong enough to voice your own needs. You won't be able to do much good for others if you don't ask for the help you need. It's also smart to ask for help. If you don't, you might find your situation worsening instead of getting better.[4]
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[Edit]Making Your Request

  1. Choose the right time. Don't ask someone for help when they are obviously busy or distracted. For example, don't ask your professor for help with homework right as they are trying to start class. Similarly, don't ask your boss for advice as they are rushing out the door.[5]
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    • If you're not sure whether or not it is a good time, just ask. You can say, "I've love to ask for your help with something. Is there a time that's good for you to talk?"
  2. Speak up. In most cases, if you don't ask for help you won't receive it. Sometimes people might be hesitant to step up and offer help. If you need something, speak up and ask.[6]
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    • Maybe you're traveling alone in a new city. If you're lost, ask for directions. Stop into a nearby store, or ask the bus driver which stop you need.
    • You may feel vulnerable speaking up for help, but a certain degree of vulnerability can help you find the help you need. Don't feel weak, insecure, or embarrassed by asking for help.
  3. Be specific. People aren't mind readers. Instead of just saying, "I need help," clearly state precisely what it is that you need. For example, instead of saying to your teacher, "I'm confused. Can you help me?", say, "I don't understand how to solve the equation for X. Can you please show me a sample problem?"[7]
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    • Instead of saying to your partner, "I need you to help more around the house," you may say, "Could you please take the trash out and also do a load of laundry, please?"
  4. Frame the request in a positive way. Sometimes it's tempting to whine a little bit. This could be a defense mechanism if you feel uncomfortable asking for help. It will help if you ask in a positive way instead.[8]
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    • Don't tell your co-worker, "I'm so swamped! Could you cover for me at the meeting this afternoon?" That might imply that you're busy, but you don't think your co-worker is. Instead, say, "I know we're both busy, but you seem to be handling the stress better than me. Do you have time to take my place at the meeting this afternoon so that I can get caught up?"
  5. Don't be self-deprecating. No one wants to hear you put yourself down. Try not to talk negatively about yourself when asking for help. Instead, act confident. You'll be more likely to receive the help you need.
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    • Try not to say things like, "I'm so stupid. I'll never get Algebra. Can you help me again?" Instead, say, "This is complicated, but I know I can do it. Would you mind showing me another sample problem?"
  6. Be persistent. Sometimes the help you receive might not turn out the way you expected. That can be frustrating. However, it is important not to give up. Keep trying to get help and make it work for you.[9]
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    • Maybe you just had your first mentoring session with your boss. You might feel like you didn't receive the sort of helpful advice that you were hoping for. Instead of canceling your next meeting, try again. Prepare a list of specific questions that you have for them.
    • If you asked someone for help and they didn't come through, don't be afraid to ask someone else. Sometimes, you may need to reach out to a few people before getting assistance.
  7. Gain credibility by helping others. People will be more likely to agree to help you if you have been known to help others. Build a reputation as a helpful person. If you see a co-worker who has too much on their plate, offer your assistance. They'll likely return the favor when you find yourself frazzled.[10]
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    • If your friend is sick, offer to drop off some food for them. You'll likely receive the same kind treatment when you find yourself in a bind.

[Edit]Accepting Help Graciously

  1. Acknowledge the help you received. Even though you might feel embarrassed that you needed help, don't pretend like it never happened. Directly acknowledge that you appreciate what the other person did for you. Try to make this acknowledgment shortly after receiving help.[11]
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    • If your professor stayed after class to go over your paper with you, say, "Thanks for staying. I appreciate your time."
    • Maybe your teen did some extra chores around the house when you were working late. Say, "That was really helpful of you to get dinner started."
  2. Be sincere. When someone is helping you, it's okay to be a little bit vulnerable. The other person might appreciate knowing that they are genuinely helping you. For example, you could say, "Wow, thanks for watching the kids this evening. We really needed a date night!" Showing that your need was genuine is a good way to be sincere.
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  3. Explain how they helped you. Be specific when you thank someone. Let them know exactly what they did for you. You could say to your therapist, "Thanks for this session. I think you've given me some good tools to start overcoming my anxiety."[12]
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    • You could tell your partner, "Thanks for making dinner tonight. It meant a lot to me to be able to just put my feet up after a long day at work."


  • It's okay to ask for help. Everyone needs help at some point.
  • Make sure to say thank you.
  • You could even send your helper a gift or a card to express your gratitude.

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[Edit]Quick Summary

How to Wall Mount an LCD TV

Posted: 02 Jan 2020 04:00 PM PST

Mounting your LCD TV to your wall may seem challenging, but with the right tools, it's a breeze. First, choose where you want to mount the TV and locate wall studs or install toggle snap anchors that you can use to support it. Then, install the mounting bracket to your wall and attach the mounting plate to the back of your TV. After that, connect the plate to the bracket on the wall, and kick back and enjoy your newly mounted TV!


[Edit]Choosing a Mounting Location

  1. Choose a wall where you want to place your TV. Pick a wall that allows the whole room to see the TV and will provide the best picture quality and won't be affected by sunlight coming in from windows. You also need to consider the position of the furniture in the room and what direction they face.[1]
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    • Because you need to screw holes into the wall to mount your LCD TV, be sure of your placement before you begin mounting it!
    • In a living room, the center of the wall across from the main entranceway allows for a wider viewing angle.
  2. Position your TV so it's at eye level. Place your TV on the wall where it's most likely to be at eye level when you're viewing it. If you plan to mostly watch it while sitting on the sofa you'll want to place it lower than you would if you plan to mostly watch it while standing or at a bar. Use a ruler or tape measure to measure from the floor to the best height to put the TV at eye level and lightly mark the height with a pencil.[2]
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    • Placing your TV with the center at off the ground will put the screen at eye level with the average adult sitting down.
    • If you plan to view the TV more often while standing, then mount it with the center of the TV from the ground.
    • Mount the TV as close to eye level as possible if there's an obstruction such as an existing appliance or piece of furniture.
  3. Select a location that allows you to conceal wires and devices. The cables and wires of your TV and any devices you plan to connect to it can be unsightly. When you're picking a place to mount your TV, think about how difficult it will be for you to conceal them to help inform your decision.[3]
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    • Centering the TV on a bare wall in the center of the room may make it difficult for you to hide the wires.
    • Use furniture placement to help conceal the wires.
  4. Move any furniture, pictures, or decor from the area. You need to have a clear area to work in when you're mounting your LCD TV. Slide over any chairs, tables, or sofas so you can access the wall easily. Take down any paintings, pictures, or decor so they're out of your way.[4]
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    • Gently place the items that were hanging on the wall nearby so you don't crack or break them.
    • Take down anything hanging on the wall so they can't wobble, shake, or potentially fall when you're drilling into the wall.

[Edit]Installing the Mounting Bracket

  1. Line up the mounting bracket and mark where you plan to drill. Hold up the mount against the wall where you want to place the TV and use a level to make sure it's straight. Then, take a pencil and lightly mark where you need to drill holes to mount the bracket to the wall.[5]
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    • Make a pencil mark on the wall through the screw holes on the mounting bracket.
    • Set the bracket aside until you're ready to mount it.
  2. Find wall studs in the area with a stud finder. Look for studs in the area you plan to mount your LCD TV so you can install the framework into them. Take a stud finder and run the tool across the wall at the height you plan to mount the TV to locate studs you can use.[6]
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    • Use a pencil to lightly mark the location of a stud on the wall.
    • You can purchase stud finders at hardware stores, department stores, and online.
  3. Use a masonry bit to drill pilot holes into the marked areas. Fit a masonry bit into the end of your power drill. Drill pilot holes into the wall where you marked the locations of the screw holes with your pencil.[7]
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    • The pilot holes will make it easier for you to install the screws that will support the mounting bracket.
    • Make sure you drill into a wall stud so the brackets are supported.
  4. Insert toggle snap anchors if there aren't any studs. Toggle snap anchors are plastic devices you can insert into your wall that will help support your TV if there aren't any studs. Use a drill bit to drill holes into the wall where you need to install the snap anchors to mount the bracket. Push the snap anchors into the holes so they're secure.[8]
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    • Make sure all of the toggle snap anchor is fully inserted into the wall.
  5. Line up the mounting bracket up with the pilot holes or toggle snap anchors. After you drill all of the pilot holes or install the toggle snap anchors, replace the bit with a screwdriver bit that fits the mounting screws. Hold up the mounting bracket to the wall and line up the screw holes with the pilot holes or toggle snap anchors.[9]
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    • Hold the bracket so it's flush against the wall.
  6. Drill the mounting screws into the pilot holes or toggle snap anchors. Apply pressure against the bracket to hold it flush against the wall. Then, drill the mounting screws through the screw holes of the bracket and into the pilot holes that you drilled or the toggle snap anchors that you installed.[10]
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    • Drill the screws all the way into the stud or anchor so they secure the bracket.
    • Wiggle the bracket to make sure it's secure and tighten the screws if there's any movement.

[Edit]Attaching the TV to the Bracket

  1. Locate the mounting plate attachment holes on the back of your TV. On the back of your LCD TV are holes that correspond to the screw holes on the mounting plate. If there are already screws in the holes, remove them so you can attach the plate.[11]
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    • They may also be covered in plastic if you just bought your TV.
  2. Attach the mounting plate to your TV. Fit the screws through the screw holes of the mounting plate and into the corresponding holes on the TV. After you slide the screws through the slots, attach the nuts to the screws and tighten them so the mounting plate is flush against the back of the TV.[12]
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    • The mounting plate will support the TV on the bracket, so make sure the nuts are tight on the screws!
    • Give the mounting plate a good shake to make sure there isn't any movement. If there is, tighten up the nuts on the screws.
  3. Line up the mounting plate with the bracket on the wall. Pick up the TV and hold it up to the mounting bracket on the wall. Align the mounting plate on the back of the TV with the slot that the plate will fit into on the bracket.[13]
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    • Use another person to help you hold the TV up against the wall.
  4. Connect the mounting plate to the bracket. Depending on the mounting plate and bracket that you have, you may need to slide the plate into a slot on the bracket. You may also need to screw the mounting plate to the bracket. Check the manufacturer's instructions to make sure you're connecting the plate to the bracket correctly.[14]
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  5. Conceal the cables with a cord cover. A cord cover is a plastic track that mounts directly to the wall on top of the wires to hide them. Use screws to mount the base to the wall beneath your TV and lay the cords inside of them. Then, snap the plastic cover in place on top of it.[15]
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    • Choose a cord cover color that blends into your wall so it's less noticeable.
    • You can remove the top of the cover at any time if you need to adjust or add additional wires.
  6. Finished.
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  • Have another person help you mount the LCD TV to make the job easier.

[Edit]Things You'll Need

  • Power drill
  • TV mounting bracket
  • TV mounting plate
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Cord cover


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