Looking get a bit of input on mounting my 40 inch Toshiba 40L5200U in my Kitchen.
I've slowly converted my living room in a projector based theater and have no daily driver flat panel TV on my first floor, so I picked up the Toshiba with the idea of mounting it in my kitchen so I don't have to fire up my projector for first floor TV. Anyway, I chose the kitchen for TV placement due to my front room is stripped bare for a convert into a bar, but the only "proper" location in my whole kitchen is right above my range. (I know, i know .....heat, grease, yadda, yadda, yadda, I'm putting it there regardless, so no placement concern posts). Thing is, I have no idea what is in the boxed area above my range. It definitely looks like the previous owner built the cubbey for the stove area, so I just assume its an empy box with piping for range ventilation and little wiring for the rage light. So, after trying and failing to get a looksie from an adjacent closet with a movable board based ceiling, I did what good old dad taught me, make a hole! Well, I fire up the drive and got at it, but I get a bit over an inch deep and I still didn't hit "emptiness" So, that is point, before I delve deeper, I'm wondering if I even need to hit a stud. I mean, I'm looking at an inch of plywood.
So, what do you guys think? I mean, I know the best thing is to keep going and make sure what I'm dealing with (and I am quite curious), but the less holes the better. And the combined weight of the mount and TV would warrant it.
Here are pics of the area and hole.