I would like to mount a TV above my fireplace. I know many people
think that this is not
a good place to place a TV due to neck strain, heat etc and other
due to various legacy reasons I am in this situation and do not really
have any other option.
The studs in the wall above the fireplace are metal due to building
codes, probablly for
fire resistance reasons. The TV mount area is a 33 inch tall by 50
inch wide inset
by 6 inch alcove. It was designed for a TV, sort of to make the thing
flush. This of course
makes getting at the wires and connections behind the TV difficult. To
help solve this
issue of cable connection access I would like to use a Peerless SP850
wall mount bracket
which can articulate the TV from the wall. This bracket can come out
away form the wall by 10 inches. This will put some strain on the
mount points of the bracket to the wall.
So the question is given that I have sort of the worst of all worlds
1) Metal studs
2) Out reach articulating Mount which will leverage the TV out even
more and hence increase
3) 50 inch plasma -- about 120 lbs - ish I guess
Just how can I do this without a major crash-bang-wallop situation? I
was thinking of using
quite a few toggler http://www.toggler.com/ bolts. This hardware
available at home depot is sold
by some TV mount "experts" on the internet for 10x the cost.
If so how many bolts do I need? And will by wall hold up to all the
stress placed on it?
Anyone have any experience on this?
Warmest regards, Mike.
Span studs with solid plywood would be one answer.
It sure will and pull right of those metal studs.
What is on the other side of the wall? A kitchen, perhaps? Things to
consider in my case.
In a given circumstance the wall will remain stationary:-), follow the
Be sure to include the weight of the mount.
I have a 50" with all necessary material. Until I exactly determine
things, it will not go above the fire place as my first thoughts were.
....(non-wood burning/gas fake log). Even changing the room furniture
around is giving other options. I will use the articulating arm
mount, but on a wall with wood and predrilled for 4" lag bolts.. 6
ought to do mine.
I've been tabling the project for a long, long time. HDTV is great as
"If things get any worse, I'll have to ask you to stop helping me."
By any chance do you know if the metal studs are heavy gauge or light
weight? Without knowing I would consider filling in the entire space with a
piece or 3/4" or maybe 1" plywood cut to the same dimensions as the opening.
Use many drywall screws to secure it to all the studs that you possibly can.
You can predrill holes in the plywood for the drywall screws with a small
bit and use a countersink. Dab some joint compound over the screws and sand
smooth. The idea is to spread the weight out among all of the studs so that
one or two are not carrying the full load. Use plywood with an "A" surface
and paint it to match the rest of the wall. Anchor your support bracket to
After lifting a 42 inch plasma, to put it on a stand, I think anyone
installing a 50 inch plasma on a wall is taking one heck of a chance. And
when you have to switch wires around you will probably have to take it down
again. What fun.
fronhas had written this in response to
Just wanted to thank you all for sharing this method and to report 100%
on installing a 52" Pioneer Elite (an early plasma very very heavy) above
fireplace framed with Metal studs spaced 24".
I used the cheapest mount from COSTCO (50$) non articulated and used 8
SnapToggle bolts with 1/4" screws and washers. Toggler requires 1/2" holes
managed to get 4 of them drilled through the center of the metal studs.
The Toggler is an amazing product and although HomeDepot didn't have it I
it is easily available at ACE and at GRAINGER.
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