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Old 05-31-2007, 07:36 PM   #31
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That "sticking out from the fireplace" issue is why, especially on a new install, I recommend a recessed, or picture frame mounting solution.

If you're dealing with a surface that's built up over a plywood, or OSB base, you can cut out an opening approximately 2 1/2" larger than the outside dimensions of the panel, install a basic MDF enclosure that about 6 to 7 inches deep, and allow the mount and the panel to be flush with the fireplace surface.

If dealing with a surface where recessing is not an option, you can install a surround that has the required depth to hide the mount and panel.

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Old 06-01-2007, 01:19 AM   #32
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On a serious note. As for that "deceitful clipping" thing?

I tend to clip that which is utterly useless. It's called cutting to the chase in some circles.....
Certainly, there are circles in which it's common to cut a sentence in half in order to misrepresent what someone said. It's still dishonest and despicable, and in this case unusually stupid, because you have in effect claimed that when reality doesn't agree with a mathematical formula, it is reality that is wrong. You are nothing if not predictable.
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Old 06-01-2007, 02:11 AM   #33
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Wow, this thread has been busy! FWIW, the sofa will be about 12' from the fireplace (and there will also be bar height seating behind that).

Oh, and the Wii will probably be on the upstairs TV.

Truly, the heat that has been generated on this thread has me just . It's just a TV! If our necks start to hurt, we'll move it.
I have no idea how high the TV will be, but if it's much above seated eye level, and you plan on watching for more than a few minutes at a time, before you start running cables through walls or building recessed enclosures as suggested by others in this thread, I highly recommend taping a sheet of poster paper or something to the wall and living with it for a few days. The less easy it will be to reverse, the more you need to be sure it'll work. Of course, I'm not saying you should watch the poster paper for a couple of hours a day, but it may help to pretend it's your TV and note what it takes to view it comfortably as you go about your life. If it passes that test, then you will have made an informed decision and will be much more likely to be happy with the result, as opposed to guessing and being unpleasantly surprised by the result. For example, it might prove great for the bar seating but lousy for the sofa, and if the sofa is really important to you, well, you might want to think about something else.
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Old 06-01-2007, 02:26 AM   #34
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I didn't feel like spending my morning looking up all of that so I just grabbed the first thing I saw. So if you are laying on your side on the couch and the TV is mounted vertically it will be fine. Whatever.
No, that will lower your eye level and make things even worse. You really don't seem to understand what you're arguing about. Maybe it's time to stop grabbing randomly at straws and arguing endlessly.
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Old 06-01-2007, 02:39 AM   #35
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No, that will lower your eye level and make things even worse.
To add to that, instead of "lying on your side", what might help is to lie on your back with your head propped up, but that's essentially the "roomful of recliners" principle I mentioned in my first post. It's not a desirable requirement, whatever form it takes.
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Old 06-01-2007, 11:56 AM   #36
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If dealing with a surface where recessing is not an option, you can install a surround that has the required depth to hide the mount and panel.
A little crown molding works well if the wall surface is smooth (and a recess isn't an option). If that isn't your style maybe four 1x4's with some cove or other trim to make it more simple than crown but still elegant. I haven't actually got to do trim like that around a TV since we always pawn that work off on the carpenters or cabinet makers but with a mitre box and a few hours time it wouldn't be too hard to do.

I think a tilt mount would look a little odd in a recess but the flat mount looks very nice like that.
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Old 06-19-2007, 04:50 PM   #37
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Certainly, there are circles in which it's common to cut a sentence in half in order to misrepresent what someone said. It's still dishonest and despicable, and in this case unusually stupid, because you have in effect claimed that when reality doesn't agree with a mathematical formula, it is reality that is wrong. You are nothing if not predictable.
What mathematical formula are you referencing?
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Old 04-11-2008, 02:30 PM   #38
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A friend of mine has a HDTV over his fireplace and says he loves it. No neck pains, and says he loves that it opens his room up more (one less peice of furniture). He recommends it.
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Old 04-13-2008, 10:48 PM   #39
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For me, it really is not a good idea. It'd be too hot for the t.v if placed above your fireplace. Try putting it somewhere where your comfortable watching it .
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Not to get off the topic (or maybe back on). I am definitely going to mount a 52" (or maybe 65") LCD to my fireplace - it's brick, relatively thin, older bricks with fairly competent mortar. Originally I was going to drill into the brick, but they are only about 2.5" high and I would have to hit them dead center to avoid edges and possible cracking. So while the mortar is recessed, and I will need to use spacers, I think I'm going that route. My question is what type of bolts/anchors to use. Some people have told me to use self-tapping (Tapcon) bolts or expanding bolts that do not fully penetrate the mortar to the other side (flue) I was thinking butterfly anchors and going all the way through may be more reliable, since the depth of the brick looks to be less than 4". any thoughts here? By the way you can tape a thermometer to the brick about 48" up from the hearth, get a roaring fire going, and see if the heat from the brick exceeds 90F, which is the typical limit for most manufacturers when the set is on.
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I was going to put my 51" Sony Plasma over my fireplace. But I thought that smoke would get on the front of it. So I didn't risk it.
Does anyone that has one over their fireplace have problems w/ the smoke issue?
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I lowered the mantle and ran 2" conduit through the surround to the baseboard. This allowed me to drop any cable (25 ft HDMI) and run it between the floor and the base board covered by 1/4 round. Located surge protected outlet & catv in box behind TV. If you don't want TV on the mantle a picture or mirror covers the box. Components in bookcase are on opposite wall hid speaker wires behind crown molding. Still have not solved the wii problem. The sensor bar would need a 25ft cable.
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Our business involves covering a lot of brick and drywall fireplaces with stone veneer and adding TV's over the firebox. In the last six years we have been doing this, we have not had one issue..

Heat: A correctly installed masonry or prefab firebox is not going to give off enough heat to damage the TV. You can always start a fire and hold a thermometer above the firebox to check the temperature.

Smoke: If the fireplace is properly ventilated smoke will not be an issue for the TV on the fireplace.

Height: That is a personal decision, but with the swivel brackets for tilt, you can get a very comfortable viewing area. Use blue tape to mark out the proposed area for the fireplace and see if you like it. Pretty typically the top of the TV is no higher than 7'-7'6" as measured from the floor.

Mantel: On most fireplaces we install, we suggest a customer not add a mantel. The sole reason being the combination of the wood mantel and the TV make things too crowded.

For a recent post on our blog about TVs and fireplaces look at the following link.
http://northstarstone.blogspot.com/s...ce%20with%20TV

If you would like to look at many finished project pictures with stone fireplaces and TV's look at the following link.
http://www.northstarstone.biz/firepl...es-with-tv.htm
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Old 11-20-2011, 12:01 AM   #44
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Interesting thread I just pulled my 55 inch flat screen off our fireplace and put it back on the wall above the piece of furniture we were trying to replace.

So put a piece of cardboard up think where the cables and how the power to the tv is going to get ran so you don't pull the tv off the fireplace!

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