Mounting LCD to brick fireplace - Major headache!


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Old 01-29-07, 01:49 PM
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Mounting LCD to brick fireplace - Major headache!

I just recently moved into my 1st home. I like the home but the living room is very open and allows only 2 walls for a television: above the brick FP or where my TV is currently located (on the wall opposite the FP). I don't like this location because it doesn't allow the FP to the be focal point of the room and the furniture arrangement isn't aesthetically satisfying. After a ton of research, I found that I could put a flat panel tv on the brick FP, so I purchase one. So far I've had four installers give me consultations and they are all stressing what a difficult job it would be to place my LCD on the brick because my FP is brick all the way thru. Didn't bargin for this when I spent mega loot on the TV. One guy even quoted me $1300 to put the TV up. I almost choked laughing before escorting him out.

A friend of mine suggested refacing a portion of the floor to ceiling FP with sheetrock/drywall. Can anyone advise if this will hold the TV (37", 55 lbs)? Any advise to assist me in getting this thing up would be great. Thanks!
 
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Old 01-29-07, 05:56 PM
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Yes, it is a difficult job.

Drywall alone will not support the tv and bracket. The bracket must be mounted on studs.

But, there are other issues to consider. Heat for one. Flat panel tvs don't like a lot of heat - cuts their life short.

Another issue is power and cable/satellite cords.
 
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Thanks for your reply Bob.

I can check off the heat issue, I think. I never intend to use the FP (it just happened to come with the home).

The power cords are indeed another factor I'm dealing with. There has to be a way around all this.

Thanks again for your response.
 
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Old 01-30-07, 02:12 PM
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BTW - you're not alone with this issue. There are at least hundreds, if not thousands out there that bought flat panel tvs expecting to hang them on a brick fireplace. You will find a handful of sales people that know and will alert you, but most either don't know, don't care, or just want to sell you an expensive tv.
 
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i would suggest simply setting the tv on the mantel. if you don't have a mantel, frame one out & set the tv on that.

(i'm moving this post from the Wallpaper topic to the Brick topic.....)
 
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LCD on Brick

Hang from the ceiling with chain.
 
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Use masonry anchors

There are tons of masonry anchors that could be used to secure the bracket to the brick.

Check the Yellow Pages for a company that specializes in commercial fasteners.

This is the type anchor you need. Notice in the picture it goes into the mortar. With these, you will be able to hold the weight and they will not pull out if properly installed.

http://www.us.hilti.com/holus/modules/prcat/prca_fuse.jsp?RANGE_OID=12512&fview=1
 

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Mounting LCD to brick fireplace - Major headache!

Since your set is only 55# and you have a solid brick fireplace, it is certainly doable. Use all of the holes in the bracket and and the largest size anchor and you will a setup stronger than hanging it on a wood frame wall. Drill into the mortar joints wherever possible. - It might be a different story if you were hanging it far out from the wall and pulling out on the anchors, but you are really just hanging from them. Sort of like a heavy picture of you grandfather in a big old heavy frame.

I would be concerned about the heat if you use a fireplace. A shlf below may divert some heat if you do not have a glass front.

What does the manufacturers information say about heat? There should be some suggested operating range to base your decision on.

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Originally Posted by Wirepuller38
Hang from the ceiling with chain.
Hang what - the TV or the salesman??

(Just kidding!)
 
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Chain

Sorry for the slip-up on the bad choice of words. "Suspend" probably sounds better than "hang". I was thinking it might be easier to anchor a couple of chains from a ceiling joist than trying to fasten something to the brick. Finding a decorative chain which is strong enough to do the job may be a problem anyhow. Good luck.
 
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I actually just recently installed the same kind of tv on a customers fireplace that i built too. the original plan was not to have the tv there but when they brought it home that was the only place to put it so what i did was use hilti anchors they come with an eyelit that yo pre drill and hammer in i put a little squirt of epoxy in first just to be sure but you dont really need it, i just wanted to make sure i was never interupted in the middle of the night with a phone call that the friggan thing fell off. anyways for the cords what i did was grinded out the one mortar joint right along the mantle and put the wires right in the joint and re pointed it, youd never notice the diffrence. then run the wires down the side of the fireplace where the brick meet the drywall chances are you already have a piece of quarter round there or some kind of trim, score the drywall to receive the wires and replace the trim, hope this helps.

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Wire

Wires encased in masonry must be in conduit.
 
 

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