I'm OK with how to wall mount a flat screen TV - this one will be mounted on
a wall over the gas fireplace - it's a small fireplace with an insert for
the firebox and a metal flue - not a traditional all brick fireplace - what
I'm wondering about is how to hide the power and cable lines behind the
wall - the current cable line comes in through the outside wall about 5 - 6
feet over from where I wanna mount the new TV - that's where the current
wall socket power outlet is, too. I can't see getting over horizontally
from the current locations to the new TV - I'd have to cross through the
vertical studs behind the sheetrock.
Any ideas, besides calling a professional?
On Sun, 11 Sep 2011 20:01:42 -0500, "AngryOldWhiteGuy"
Google video wall cable cover.
If that doesn't work for you, you can notch the studs to run your
power and cable, and patch over the notches.
The multi-tool always talked about here would shine at that.
Just make sure you get between drywall screws.
Sure, that's easy. What you do is put the TV on a stand or another wall
where it can be put lower and be more comfortable to watch. I'm not sure
where the over fireplace thing got started, but it is a dumb place in most
On Sun, 11 Sep 2011 21:40:03 -0400, "Ed Pawlowski"
Speaking of which, I've now got this in boxes sitting in the living
I finally caved to the wife.
I'm getting rid of the huge entertainment center that was on that
We'll see how that monster gets picked up from the curb.
That was her idea too. I never liked it.
And I don't like fireplaces, just peace.
Don't even like real fireplaces unless it's in a northern Canadian
lodge and I've been fishing in the cold all day and I can warm up with
a drink in my hand.
But that's somebody else's fireplace anyway.
This one isn't even real, so I like it less.
Only reason I caved is because I can get rid of the entertainment
But if we want a big TV in the living room, it has to hang on the wall
over that "fireplace."
No other place that works in our small house.
I think that's why they get hung over a fireplace,
Just not enough room for everything.
As Ed suggested why not a stand? Flat panels are pretty thin. Its not
like trying to accommodate a huge CRT TV.
One of the main reasons for keeping it below horizontal line of site is
that human eyes don't wet properly when looking at a higher angle.
As I said, there's just no room - without arranging furniture in a way
that would cause more problems.
It's not the big room many have as a living room.
That why the entertainment center was on that wall. To hold the TV.
Don't get me wrong. I don't think we'll put a TV over that fireplace.
We've got 3 of the things in other rooms.
You could pull a Cask of Amontillado: " 'For the love of God, Montresor!'
" 'Yes,' I said, 'for the love of God!...'
"I forced the last stone into its position; I plastered it up. Against the
new masonry I re-erected the old rampart of bones. For the half of a century
no mortal has disturbed them. In pace requiescat!"
put new tv where entertainment center was.
to dispose of entrtainment center break it up they arent very strong.
remove the back and a few screws, push the entre thing over and break
besides it was most likely assembled on site, so you cant get it
assembled thru doors..
That entertainment center was made for that.
The fireplace to is 42" high.
I'm just going to tell her the TV will melt and hope she doesn't read
the fireplace recommendations for mounting a flat screen above it.
But I expect the "fireplace" will trip the breaker.
Then if she says there's no worry about heat melting the TV, I'll tell
her what George said. Your eyes will dry up.
I put it together. It's a good one and I don't want to break it up.
The top section can detach, so I can get it outside.
I was going to toss the top and put the bottom in the garage, but it's
too low for a workbench.
Now I think I'll put both pieces by the curb.
This thing is really heavy. About 10 years ago we removed the carpet
that was new in this house when we bought it.
Cheap stuff that my dogs screwed up in 4 years.
I trimmed the carpet flush around the entertainment center and since
then when we've painted and had the floors refinished I could push it
around with that original carpet still under it.
Otherwise I would have had to take it apart.
I'm kind of looking forward to seeing that strip of original carpeting
Memories. The kids were here then, our favorite dog was here then.
We were humping every day then.
Maybe I'll shed a tear before I toss the carpet strip in the trash.
Not ALL of them are made out of chipboard. The one I have in the other
living room is oak over plywood core, with real hardwood face frame. (I
can't abide fake woodgrain.) Think I paid 20 bucks for it at a garage
sale. And unless it is a huge monster (towers plus bridge), they
generally do fit through doors.
I tried that with a VHS of fish when my wife wanted aquariums.
I've got an empty 55 gallon tank, an empty 12, and an empty 6 sitting
in the basement. Plus all the other gear.
The fish kick lasted about 5 years.
You need to get a game plan . You have to run a cable for power to a
location behind the tv, but in many cases the coax cable goes to your
cable box not directly to the tv. Depending upon your setup, you'd run
HDMI, composite, or component cables from your cable box, dvd, vcr, dvr,
etc. to the TV
I'd think hard before I did that. Still a whole lot of hot air that
rises up in front of a gas fireplace. Probably kind of hard on a TV
basically made of plastic, and the electronics it contains. Look in you
owner's manual, and see what temp range it likes, and hang a thermometer
where you plan to hang the TV, and see how close the numbers are with
the fireplace running for an hour or so.
As to how to hide the cables- there is no painless way. You can fish
lines down from attic, and tap into the cable and mains power from
elsewhere. If your cable comes through the wall, it sounds like you had
the 'free' install service, which is worth what you paid for it. You
could always go up into the attic on the outside, through the soffit, if
there is no 2nd story above. But if you back-feed the set, and your
cable company suddenly makes you start using a box, or you want to add a
DVR, how will you route the cables to that?
Dunno why people get so hung up on hiding TV cords. Every appliance,
lamp, computer, and real power tool has one.
On Sun, 11 Sep 2011 20:01:42 -0500, "AngryOldWhiteGuy"
Heat is the biggest destroyer of modern electronics. Thats why they
put large heat sinks and fans in things like tv sets, computers, etc.
Even a small fireplace will pump the heat into that tv, and will
greatly shorten the life of the tv, as well as possibly warping
plastic on the case or even the screen. What you want to do is just
plain stupid. You have other walls to use, put it ANYWHERE ELSE. NOT
above the fireplace.
After you find another place for the tv, look up "wiremold" on the
internet or go to an electrical supply house to buy some. It comes in
plastic or metal, use what suits your fancy.
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