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What could be more maddening than taking all the time to hang your flat-panel TV, only to notice that it is just a little bit crooked? Take extra time and triple-check so this doesn't happen to you.
Once you've carefully plotted your TV's position on the wall, attach the wall plate on the line you marked as the screen center. Use your level to be sure the plate is square! If you need to readjust it, now is the time, before you drill the pilot holes.
Once the pilot holes are in, attach the plate to the wall with your lag bolts. Check to make sure that the plate is still level and pull on it to make sure it's secure.