How to install a flat-screen TV above a gas fireplace

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How to install a flat-screen TV above a gas fireplace
Watch TV over a gas fireplace. (tv image by martini from Fotolia.com)

Your gas fireplace is the focal point of your living room, and now that you bought a big flat-screen TV, it makes sense to install the flat screen above your fireplace. This is a great way to save space, and is a very attractive way to display your screen. Be sure to check that the area above your fireplace doesn't get too hot. Use a thermometer to check the temperature, then install the screen with special hardware called tilt wall mounts.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Thermometer
  • Masking tape
  • Tilt wall mounts
  • Measuring tape
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Drill
  • Screws

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Tape a thermometer to the wall directly above the fireplace, where the bottom of the screen will be. Tear two, 4-inch strips of masking tape and tape them across the top and bottom of the thermometer.

  2. 2

    Build a fire in your fireplace and let it burn for three hours, then check the temperature on the thermometer. If it is above 32.2 degrees Celsius, then the area is getting too hot and you should not let your plasma screen run for more than one hour at a time. If you leave the screen turned off, it will not be harmed at the higher temperature. If the temperature is below 32.2 degrees Celsius, you can run your TV screen as long as you want.

  3. 3

    Examine if the wall above your fireplace is plasterboard or brick, and then buy tilt wall mounts made for your type of wall. Measure your screen, then measure the area along the top of your fireplace. Make a small pencil mark on the wall where the each hold of the tilt mount will be. You'll want the TV to be centred above the fireplace.

  4. 4

    Nail each tilt mount into the wall on top of the pencil marks you made in Step 3. Hammer one nail into each corner of the wall mount if you are hanging the screen on a plasterboard wall. Make sure that you directly hammer into the studs of your plasterboard so that the mount will hold. A stud finder will easily find the studs. Drill in screws if you are hanging the screen on brick or stone. Read the instructions that came with your tilt mount to ensure you use the right hardware.

  5. 5

    Ask a friend to help you lift the screen and place it on top of the tilt wall mounts.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't have a fire burning while installing your TV.
  • It is not recommended to install a flat screen into a recessed area above the fireplace. If the recessed area has no ventilation, it doesn't allow any of the heat to escape, risking overheating and damage.

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