Can Someone Help Advise Me With This Project - Home Theater - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Do It Yourself > Home Theater

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-29-2008, 04:28 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Atlanta,GA
Posts: 30
Rewards Points: 25
Default

Can Someone Help Advise Me with this Project


Hi,
I just read all the old threads about mounting an LCD above the fieplace, but need carpentry and electical advice. Here's my plan:
We have rather small family room/kitchen area that our tv is in. We are all practically sitting in each others laps to view the t.v. Our options are limited for furniture placement, so I want to mount our 42" LCD tv over our
fireplace(would be mounted on brick). I know the viewing height should be about 45". I want to know how hard it would be to lower the mantle
because it is too high now. How do I unattach it, and then how would I chop off part of the legs, either at the top or the bottom? Then what, re-glue with something and repaint, or what?

Also, after reviewing my pics. are there any ideas on what to do with my componants(HD Satelite, HD DVD, Phillips 2.1 sound system.) There isn't
an outlet there so we would have to get one installed. I would of course
prefer to have all wires hidden. I've sent pictures to 2 companies that do this, but they seem less than enthusiastic to take it on!

Any ideas would be much appreciated.
Thanks.
p.s. Don't you think I should paint my fireplace?
Attached Thumbnails
Can Someone Help Advise Me with this Project-sany0135.jpg   Can Someone Help Advise Me with this Project-sany0136.jpg   Can Someone Help Advise Me with this Project-sany0137.jpg  

Advertisement

kswoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2008, 05:21 PM   #2
Registered User
 
Termite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 6,520
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Can Someone Help Advise Me with this Project


I'd advise against lowering that mantle. That looks like a woodburning fireplace, and there should be no wood within 12" of the top of the opening. Too much heat rolling out of there. Modern codes don't allow the wood on the side within 6" of the opening, and it can only be 1/8" thick for every inch between 6" and 12" away.

What I'd do in your situation is make a wood panel, perhaps with some nice fluted columns, to go above the mantle and mount the TV to. If there were a thickened part of it (columns, etc), that could be used as a wire chase. If you attached about 4 vertical 2x2 furring strips to the brick it would give you something to attach to, and would leave a nice gap behind the panel to put the receptacle in, as well as pull wires.

Actually, I'd probably re-build the entire mantle and fireplace surround, and would incorporate the TV into the upper part above the mantle. I've done it before and it looks sweet.

Advertisement

Termite is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2008, 10:44 AM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Atlanta,GA
Posts: 30
Rewards Points: 25
Default

Can Someone Help Advise Me with this Project


Thanks for your reply thekctermite! I wasn't aware of the code and that makes sense. Wouldn't want to burn down my house, since we do use our fireplace. My concern with your idea is that the t.v. would be too high for comfortable viewing. I've read that the center of the screen should be 45 from the floor. If our t.v. is mounted just above our mantle as it is, the center of the screen would be at 71". I love your idea, but am horrible at visualizing this. Any chance you could draw me a quick sketch and take a picture of it?! ?! (It never hurts to ask, right!)
kswoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2008, 12:39 PM   #4
the Musigician
 
DangerMouse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: I'm right here!
Posts: 10,404
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Can Someone Help Advise Me with this Project


unless the kids are going to sit on the floor directly in front of it arching their necks, i see no reason why not to have it that high. from across the room, it'll be easily viewable. is that mantle off or is it just the photo.... or just me? it seems to sag a half inch or so on the right side. but what do i know? i'm just a mouse.....

DM
DangerMouse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2008, 01:26 PM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Atlanta,GA
Posts: 30
Rewards Points: 25
Default

Can Someone Help Advise Me with this Project


Man, you've got good eyes! I just got my level out and it is off. Actually,
I can just eye ball it and see that it is off. Our house was built in the 60's and everything is off! In fact, if you go to the plumbing posts you'll see that I am currently right in the middle of a desperate attempt at fixing a dripping tub before my hubby gets home. ('Cause I'm too stubborn to call a plumber)
kswoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2008, 03:27 PM   #6
Registered User
 
Termite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 6,520
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Can Someone Help Advise Me with this Project


You don't want the TV very close to the fireplace opening. The heat rolling up out of the fireplace will not be good for it at all. I'd get it as high as you can.

Sorry, no pics. My friend sold his house and I never did get a pic of it.

Cut a piece of cardboard the size of your TV and hang it up there. That will make it easier to visualize while sitting in the room like you do when watching TV.

My 32" LCD bedroom TV is centered at about 5'6", and is perfect. 45" seems mighty low, but it comes down to preference.

Advertisement

Termite is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My Custom In-Wall Entertainment Center Project! With lots of photos!! joseph011 Project Showcase 12 01-03-2011 02:43 PM
my floor refurbish project Knucklez Project Showcase 28 08-10-2010 09:14 AM
Kitchen Project Complete with pics! baksdak Project Showcase 30 03-10-2009 03:13 PM
Building a deck project zzzz General DIY Discussions 3 05-06-2008 08:56 AM
Basement Renovation Project Howdy Electrical 6 03-13-2008 12:07 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts