Hi guys - hope you can help.
I have removed the plaster board from my chimney breast. The idea being
that I will build a frame for my new LCD TV, cover with drywall and get
a plasterer in to complete.
However, having removed the board it appears to have been 'dabbed' onto
the breeze-block wall of the chimney. This has mostly come-off but I am
left with a number of random 'dabs' on the wall. Can anyone tell me the
best method for removing these as I would like a flat wall to start on.
I know, it does sound a bit lame! :)
The one or two I have managed to remove have taken a reasonable chunk
of the breeze block out so I wondered if there was anything that would
help to break them down - water, chemicals etc?
No quoting, but I've a load on, so am telepathetic. I *know*. Give
the dabs a light fast tap or two with a smorl hammer to crack 'em
before going at them sideways at a shallow angle with a hammer and
I nearly wrote that! - but then realised the OP doesn't actually mention
a fireplace, and the presence of existing plasterboard made me think it
more likely there isn't one, and therefore he's planning on fitting the
thing at a sensible height.
I agree that it's very odd how many people seem to be fitting these
things above the mantlepiece. Trouble is, in the
conventional/traditional living room arrangement, IME you have chairs
arranged around the fireplace, with the TV to one side or in the corner.
That's fine with a 24" box, but in most places there isn't room for a
40" flatscreen job to sit there or evan attach to the wall next to the
chimmney breast. It would certainly put me right off buying one.
The plan is to build an extension to the chimney breast wall - bringing
it out by a few inches. Where the file was there should be a small
recess for ornaments etc, no fire surround (obviously) meaning the
screen will be mounted much lower. I have allowed for the minimum air
space recommended by Sony also. I knocked up a before and after type
image - see below - comments welcome!
AIUI, the sight-line between you sitting (slouching) and
the centre of the 'telly' should be five-degrees or so downwards.
[Your _before_ looked about right]
Tilting your head back to allow an upward sight-line leads to
At that height when you "slob" in the seats the picture from the Sony will
be dark as the vertical viewing angle of the Sony's very poor compared to
CRT and plasma.
My mate positioned his 32" Sony LCD above the fire place in house, has was
having organisms about how good it looked etc, standing in the room at a
distance it looked good, going up close looked as good as LCD gets (crap
basically, escaped pixels all over the place), but disadvantage was found as
soon as you sat down, picture was dark and unwatchable
Anyway ended up placing it on a 2 shelf stand thing in front of the fire
place (disused) so that your eye height when stting down is in the centre
third of the screen as recommended by manufacturer, which is why they can
supply a shelf/stand that positions it at the right height for optimal
Suppose it could be mounted slightly tilted to allow for that?
I reckon there will be a big market in contraptions to
support/hang/display/use these things (if there isn't already?). I
envisage various heavy-duty trapezium(?) or angle-poise-type brackets
whereby the TV can be stored away flat against a wall and brought out
quickly and easily, to be positioned at whatever height's required for
whoever's viewing it.
We've got one for our computer screen as we have no space for a desk (we
also have cordless keyboard + mouse and use a large wooden chopping board as
The monitor arm is rated for much higher weights than our 17" and the holes
for fixing them to the screens are a VESA standard. I suspect many larger
LCD TVs would be happy to sit off it.
...at which point, give up on the HDTV and get a nice (cheaper) PJ and
invest a couple of hundred in a different screen.
As someone's tag-line once read... "You measure your screen in inches?,
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