A flat-screen television hung above a fireplace looks streamlined and modern. However, the task involves special considerations. These include how much space should be left between the television and the top of the fireplace and if the fireplace's heat will damage the television. Another thing to keep in mind is the television's electrical source. An electrical outlet must be installed over the fireplace so the cords do not get too warm; this may require hiring an electrician.
Things You'll Need
- Tape measure
- Stud finder
- 1/8-inch drill bit
Start a fire in your fireplace. Once the fire has been burning for awhile, lay your hand on the wall above the fireplace. If the wall feels hot, it is not wise to install your television above the fireplace. If the wall feels close to room temperature, installation is fine.
Measure from the floor to the top of the fireplace mantel. If this measurement is less than 4 feet, hang the television so the bottom is between 4 to 12 inches higher than the mantel. If the mantel is more than 4 feet from the floor, hang the television so the bottom is 6 inches or less from the mantel.
Place two pencil marks on the wall, above the mantel, at the height you chose. Position a level across the two marks and draw a line connecting them. This line indicates where the bottom of the television will be.
Lay the flat-screen television onto the floor with the back facing up. Place the wall brackets onto the television's back. Line up the bracket's holes with the television's mounting holes. Secure the brackets in place with the provided screws.
Measure from the bottom of the television up to the mounting brackets' hooks. Transfer this measurement to the wall by measuring up from the line. Align the mounting plate's top with this new mark. Level the mounting plate on the wall and trace along the top with a pencil.
Press the button on the side of a stud finder, while sliding it across the wall's surface, to locate a stud. Mark the stud's location with a pencil. Hold the mounting place up to the wall with the screw holes on one end over the stud. Mark the location of the holes with a pencil and remove the plate from the wall.
Drill pilot holes through the studs, using a 1/8-inch drill bit. Hold the mounting plate back up to the wall and secure it in place with the provided screws. Lift the television up to the wall and connect the wires to the proper receptacles on the back of the television.
Position the mounting brackets' hooks over the edge of the mounting plate. Lower the television so that the hooks are holding onto the mounting plate.
Tips & Warnings
- If the studs above your fireplace are not in an ideal location, drill pilot holes through the drywall and insert wall anchors.
- If you have stone or rock above your fireplace, use a masonry drill bit and wall anchors to secure the plate.
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