It is starting to be increasingly fashionable these days for people to want TVs over there fireplace we received many phone calls asking can it be done and should it be done we can say yes to both of these questions providing you mount the TV 12 to 16 inches above the top of the fire place or 6 to 10 inches above the mantle and also taking into consideration that you the type of person that has fires for atmosphere not to try to heat your home, another words a duralog fire with a couple of extra pieces of wood is fine not those infernos some people have. The second request that people have is how to hide the wires in such insulation this is tough to answer because each insulation is different but here’s a couple situations we’ve ran across lately. This one particular customer had a couple of installers come and look at his job and never returned his calls. This fireplace was roughly 10 feet wide against a sheetrock wall. The difficulty here is we had about 4 feet from the edge of the TV to the side of the mantle so we can then snake the wires down in an open bay this is the most difficult job for any installer. Assuming you’re studs are at 16 inches on center which is not always the case you still have to gain access across 2 to 3 studs before you reach the open bay where you can continue snaking down to the bottom of the wall we’ve seen several YouTube videos where the installer cuts to wall open to gain access to that open bay or just chops a piece of the sheetrock out by each stud to gain that access yes this is the easy way. But now you have to re-spackle the entire area prime and then paint. In our experience the entire wall has to be repainted it is very difficult to have paint match so is it easier or less expensive we think not. Yes this type of job is more expensive the way we installed your tv but you don’t have to hire someone to spackle or a painter so we believe in the long run it winds up saving you money.
Also in our experience the wall never really looks quite perfect unless the person doing the spackling is a professional and does it on a daily basis.
The next biggest request that we get is how would we hide the wires on a stone or brick fireplace there is a few ways of doing this of course also very labor-intensive but it can be done with excellent results in the past we have channeled out the concrete between bricks or stone to conceal the wires and then re-cementing the channel. In some applications we find by going to the edge of the TV but staying behind the TV there is enough room to bypass the fireplace and gain access to an open bay .
In conclusion you have to realize the idea of installing the TV over the fireplace is more expensive In the past few weeks it seems that all we have been doing is over fireplace mounting. A lot of installers shy away from these jobs because they’re so labor-intensive. But we at Long island TV Installer’s love the challenge and have not found one that we can’t accomplish.
Below this article you will observe a few of the jobs we have done in the month of April from Hampton Bays to Long Beach it doesn’t matter where you are on Long Island give us a call to discuss your installation