How to Mount a Flat Panel TV With Cable Management on a Fireplace

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How to Mount a Flat Panel TV With Cable Management on a Fireplace
Mounting a flat panel over a fireplace often requires wire management kits. (fireplace image by Ekaterina Sidorenko from Fotolia.com)

Because the fireplace is the main point of visual interest in many rooms, homeowners often elect to mount the flat panel TV on the brick or stone above. One issue that arises is wire management. Though it is often possible to route cables under the facade between the masonry and metal flue, sometimes it is not, resulting in unacceptable damage.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Flat panel mount
  • Wire management kit
  • Drill
  • Heavy-duty scissors or table saw
  • Level
  • Masonry expansion sleeves
  • Masonry screws
  • Hammer
  • Measuring tape
  • Socket wrench
  • 3/16-inch masonry drill bit
  • Digital thermometer

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Have a licensed electrician locate an AV outlet on the mounting surface, behind the intended mounting location. Alternatively, ensure there is an AC outlet to the left or right of the fireplace. It is against code to route power cords through walls and under fireplace facades, but it is acceptable through PVC channel moulding.

  2. 2

    Start a normal fire in the fireplace. Set the digital thermometer on the mantle, or taped in the approximate flat panel mounting location. If the reading gets to 32.2 degrees Celsius or higher, do not proceed with the installation.

  3. 3

    Place the wall bracket half of the wall mount against the brick or stone, using the holes on the mount as a guide. Do not centre the mounting holes over the edge of the surface or the mortar, as these are unreliable mounting locations. Mark the hole locations with the tip of the masonry bit.

  4. 4

    Drill into the brick or stone facade over the marked locations. Set the tip of the expanding sleeves into the holes.

  5. 5

    Tap the expansion sleeves into the holes with the hammer, flush to the surface.

  6. 6

    Replace the wall bracket over the sleeve openings. Insert the masonry screws and washers into the sleeves, tightening one-by-one with the socket wrench.

  7. 7

    Find the sleeves on the back of the TV designed to accept the bolts for the TV bracket. Align the bracket and insert the bolts into the sleeves, using the Allen key included with the bracket.

  8. 8

    Lift the set onto the fireplace. Keeping the set at an angle initially, make the wiring connections on the back of the set. Employ a helper to keep the TV out of the way, if necessary.

  9. 9

    Bring the set back to level after all connections are made. Tighten any security screws or bolts with the included hardware.

  1. 1

    Measure the distance between the base of the set and the first angle. Start from approximately 1 inch above the bottom lip of the set. Cut this amount of moulding with the scissors or table saw.

  2. 2

    Unsnap the open side of the channel moulding kit pieces to open the channel. Slide the wires into the side of the moulding.

  3. 3

    Remove the adhesive backing on the moulding, then apply it to the surface using firm pressure. Repeat the process for all lengths of wire management moulding as necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • Remember when measuring wire moulding kit segments to factor in any right-angled pieces or joins, if they are necessary.
  • Use an angle mount for the TV if the viewing angle proves a little steep. Determine this prior to installing the set by sitting at the main viewing area. Look at the section of mantle where the TV will be mounted, and determine how much discomfort (if any) is involved at this angle.
  • Many flat panel sets operate at a high enough temperature that having both TV and fireplace running is perhaps not advisable.

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