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Old 02-28-2011, 11:25 PM   #1
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TV Mount onto Brick Fireplace- Brick Integrity?

I've got a question about mounting an LCD TV to a brick fireplace, similar to this other one i had found:

My question has to do with the integrity of the brick itself. I'm trying to mount a 46" LCD TV (probably 60lbs or so) directly to this brick fireplace shown here. However, the top of the mount (white template shown) will be anchored to the top 2-3 levels or brick. The width between the columns is about 7 feet. There is also about 4" of void space behind the brick, which i figured out by drilling a few holes to inspect what was behind. After the void space, there is block wall (in basement). The top of the brick is not anchored into the ceiling in any way.

My fear is how the brick wall will act in shear, as the mount i bought will hold the weight of the TV out 5-6" off the wall. Should I be worried about caving in the top of the brick into the family room? This is strictly a structural question, as i feel pretty confident in how to anchor the TV mount.

Any advice or insight would be greatly appreciated. Maybe brick is stronger than i think, but I'd also hate to ruin both my TV and my fireplace (not to mention the safety concerns as well).


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Old 03-01-2011, 06:00 AM   #2
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use could use epoxy, rods, and screen tubes long enough to get you into the block. are you sure the void isn't the fireplace flue? Take a look at some ceiling mount options
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Any concerns about heat from fireplace damaging Tv or related cables? How will you plug it into an outlet? Perhaps another location might work for these issues and your structural concerns?
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I,m sure the brick will hold. if you use a hammerdrill to drill your anchors and the bick dosent move from the hammering action the morter is sound and they will support alot of wieght spread out evenly.
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Assuming this is brick and not a veneer, you will have no problem anchoring into brick or mortar joints and still keep structural integrity. I just did an install on cultured stone where the stones are not smooth. I used large concrete anchors (mollys) and substituted Ledger Lock long screws instead of the screws they had in the pack. The Ledger Lock screws are rated for a much greater shear strength (they are used for decks).

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