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Flat Panel Mounting Advice Needed

Naptown Vic
02-08-2010, 03:21 PM
Looking for some expert advice on cable management, wall plates, proper mounting paractices for a HD 52'' LCD TV over a gas fireplace.

02-08-2010, 07:29 PM
. . . over a gas fireplace.

Naptown Vic
02-08-2010, 08:58 PM
Yes over the mantel of a gas fireplace

02-09-2010, 04:46 AM
How often is the fireplace used? If it is like mine, pretty much never. Heat is a killer of electronics therefore mpounting a TV over a commonly used fireplace is not recommended but, if you want to do it, a tilting wall mounts from www.monoprice.com (http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=108&cp_id=10828&cs_id=1082801&p_id=4173&seq=1&format=2) will do fine.

Wire management can be real tricky depending on the construction of the fireplace and house configuration. Also, is the house a single or 2 story house? In some situations, you may want to call in a guy that installs security systems or similar to do this.

02-09-2010, 11:10 AM
Is the wall you're mounting to drywall? Is the gas fire place vented straight up -- or is it vented to the back of the fireplace?

I have a 58" plasma mounted over a wood burning fireplace. The flue is steel double wall type. I cut a hole in the dry wall and installed a steel conduit for the cables-- which run down and to the side into a cabinet. While NOT Code, I did run the power cable thru the conduit also. It is a very "clean" look. The conduit is about a foot away from the flue and the steel firebox.

One thing I learned is to install ALL the cables you can before you mount the TV-- even if you think you will never need them. Taking down a 58" plasma is a 3 person job (2 to lift the TV and one to connect/disconnect the cables).

I did not use a tilting mount; but I did tilt the mount down slightly using some washers between the top of the mount and the studs.

Because the mantle sticks out from the wall about 2" farther than the TV, the small amount of heat rising from the fireplace goes around the fromt of the TV. I have never had any heat problems, and temperature readings at the top of the back of the TV are less than 2 deg F higher with a fire than without.

While getting everything in place (conduit, cables, electrical outles, etc.) is a pain in the butt, it is a one time ordeal, and for a clean install, it is certainly worth the trouble. Speaker placement and wiring can be a bigger problem if you are installing 5.1/7/1 surround sound.