Installing a wall plate onto drywall can be a real pain. Cutting a hole in the wall is easy, but getting the plate to stay tight and secure is another story. More often than not, users end up with a loose wall plate that feels like it will come off along with the cable any time something is unplugged. The issue lies with the wall plate not have something solid enough to rest against. Drywall may be too soft by itself, but a mounting bracket changes that.

In the guide below, we will be using the single gang version of the bracket. The same steps can be applied to the dual gang version. A video guide is available at the bottom of the article.

Step 1: Gathering the Supplies

The main item to have will be the bracket and the wall plate that will go on top of it. For tools, users will need a pencil, a drywall saw, and a Phillips screwdriver.

Step 2: Tracing the Outline

Hold the bracket up to the where the wall plate will go. Make sure the bracket it straight and hold it steady. Take the pencil and trace the inside of the wall bracket.

Step 3: Cutting the Hole

Using the drywall saw, cut a hole along the outline traced in Step 2.

Step 4: Positioning the Bracket

Lay the bracket over the hole and bend the metal tabs back into the hole.

Step 5: Securing the Bracket

Use the screws that came with the bracket to secure it to the wall. The screws should go through the slots in the metal tabs that were folded back in Step 4. The screws must catch the tabs to ensure the bracket stays secure.

Step 6: Attaching the Wall Plate

Connect any cables to the back of the wall plate as needed. Then use the screws that came with the wall plate to secure it to the bracket.

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