Originally Posted by GBrackins
welcome to the forum!
one area of caution is the warranty on your tv. typically installing a tv above a fireplace will void your warranty as the heat plays heck with the electronics. if you must do this make sure to have a deep mantel in an attempt to direct the heat away from the tv above.
Sorry, but I'll have to disagree with this one. Show me where it says that in the warranty....
The worst thing I see is these guys advertising on Craigslist, and the like, that will mount your flat panel for $99.00.
Power cords run in the wall, etc, etc. All illegal and dangerous. None of these guys have any insurance, so if something does go wrong, you're out of luck. They get hurt while on your property, you are responsible for their medical bills forever.
Ask yourself, would you hire a doctor to do a heart transplant that advertised on CL?
That said, you would want a professional that will not only mount the panel, but will include power surge protection, something other than a cheap Chinese mount, as well as have proof of liability and workers comp insurance...
Cheap isn't the way to go with this kind of stuff.