Need to make a wall stronger...

Old 01-18-16, 03:16 AM
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Need to make a wall stronger...

I recently got a new TV and the only place to put it is over the fireplace. Because of the space, I bought a full motion mount to easily access the back of the TV. The problem is there are no studs behind the drywall above the fireplace. My current tv is mounted there, however, the tv is positioned low and partially resting on the mantle, which ends up bearing much of the weight. This would be fine, however it defeats the purpose of the full motion mount, as the tv would scrape on the mantle whenever I need to move it.

What can I do to make the wall stronger so I can mount this thing? The total weight will be about 55 lbs and. The wall is about 60" wide by 42" high.


Old 01-18-16, 03:39 AM
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There has to be some sort of framing in the wall. You would mount a couple of horizontal pieces of wood 1x4 or 1x6 that spans from framing to framing and mount the tv to the wood. Obviosly, you would dress out the wood to blend in as best as possible or otherwise pretty it up.
Old 01-18-16, 04:17 AM
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In our workplace we open up the wall and install horizontal bracing, normally 2 x 10's between the studs.
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What makes you think there's no studs?
What type constrution is the house?
Block, stick framed, pored concrete?
What's on that wall, sheetrock, plaster, brick?
Old 01-18-16, 05:59 AM
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Does the mount have 2 vertical mounting arms, or just one in the middle?

I have a full motion mount in the BR and it mounts to a single stud....

Either way, if you think it would look OK:

You could cover the entire 60 x 42 with plywood and trim it out. Since you are covering the entire wall, you should have existing framing at the sides and top of the area to screw into.

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