On Sep 12, 12:20 am, email@example.com wrote:
Not that *I* would put a TV over my fireplace, but many people do it.
Do you think this company makes their customers sign waivers before
The candles on my fireplace mantel have never melted, so it doesn't
get that hot above *my* fireplace.
And just for the hell of it, I placed a digital thermometer just above
my plasma TV and it is putting out 95 degrees. If I tape the
thermometer to one of the main heat vents it climbs to 105 degrees.
It all depends on the fireplace design and all of that, but it still
seems rather risky. Modern electronics would likely last forever if
it was not for heat causing failure. I'd rate heat as the #1 cause.
The other things are lightning and power surges.
*I've done several of these installations. Where there is no basement or
attic access I cut a 5" wide groove in the drywall using my 45 degree angle
cut technique. The groove extends from above or below the existing
electrical receptacle and cable locations over to the side of the fireplace.
I then drill holes in each wall stud to pull the wires through. From the
side of the fireplace cut-out I usually snake the wires up the wall and if
necessary cut a groove to get to the desired location behind the TV.
Don't know if this will get you all the away but:
In my game room I (carefully) removed the base board and cut a notch at
floor level. Run the cable and a power line through the notch and up
into a stud bay with the cable and power outlets behind the wall mounted
TV. Re-install the base board and your done.
If your house/chimney is like mine, the chimney is boxed in with
framing on the exterior of the house with plenty of room around the
chimney. I also have a basement. Drill from the inside drywall into
the cavity that surrounds your metal chimney. Be VERY careful not to
drill into the chimney. Access the cavity by removing siding and
cutting thru OSB a large enough panel to get to the wires that will
protude thru the wall. Make this access panel away from the street
side if possible. Install outlet with squeeze box. Run wires down
cavity into basement and then to the place that will house all other
equipment and electric. Replace panel/siding on chimney cavity. Hook
it all up and you're good to go.
Note that you need plenum-rated wiring if you do that. Even the fancy
double-layer metal chimney stuff fails at times, or segments become
unhooked if you live in earthquake country.
Personally, I still think it is a lousy place to put a TV, both
ergonomically and TV-lifespan wise.
Agreed! My wife wanted to put the TV above our gas fireplace. We'd have to
have hospital beds in the living room to see it, and the heat is a huge deal.
It's a plasma set, which generates enough heat on its own. I needs no help.
The top of a display should be just above eye level (about 30% above) and well
away from heat sources.
On Sep 14, 5:51 pm, " firstname.lastname@example.org"
I think the idea of having a TV over the fireplace seems like
a good one until you look into it more. It does look good
up there when you walk into the room. And it gets it totally
out of the way. But, as others have pointed out, the downside
is that I think it sucks for viewing angle. When you're seated
or laying down on a sofa the preferred position has the TV
located on a short stand on the floor.
If he decides to go the fireplace route, here's what I would
do. I'd go get thermometer. Harbor freight has a nice
one that has a probe on the end of about 7 ft of wire so
you can put the probe anywhere. I recently used it where
the issue was how close to the wall you can mount a
TV with there still being sufficient air flow. I'd do some
experimenting to see what the temp is above the fireplace.
It might be perfectly fine.
As for routing the wires, it sounds like the easiest solution
is to just bite the bullet and make some holes in the
drywall as needed to do the routing.
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