Originally posted by JonBH
So assuming I get a clock receptacle, I need to make sure that the outlet is placed somewhere behind where the screen will go, but not behind the part of the mount that attaches to the wall. Is this correct?
Yes, unless you're handy with a rotozip or can manipulate sheet metal.
My quandary stems from the fact that I don't know how high I will be placing the screen. It will be going over an abandoned brick fireplace that we are drywalling over. We are finishing out the firebox opening to accommodate the AV receiver, DVD player, etc., so I can't get the screen all the way down to eye-level. On the one hand I want the screen to be as close to eye level as possible for comfortable viewing. On the other hand I'm not sure how low I can go without looking cramped by being right on top of the opening where the AV components will be. I was hoping to work this out by eye once I got the screen, but since I need to get the electrical done now, I suppose I'll need to take a best guess as to where to put the outlet.
Depends on your definition of "eye level" as you don't want to make the A/V stuff looked crammed. FWIW, the bottom of our 42" is ~40" from the finished floor....which puts the middle of the screen right at eye level.
Perhaps I'll ask the contractor is there's a way he can design the wall so that it will be relatively easy to add electrical and conduits for cables after the wall is finished.
idea is to install a conduit before drywalling as it will make running the interconnects that much easier...just make sure that the conduit will be able to pass the widest plug (probably 2" - 2 1/2" would do it for DVI et al). Also have him leave a piece of string/ wire running from one end to the other of the conduit to further simplify your life.
RE: Surge protector
I know that panamax makes a very good product that includes recessed power surge protected outlet and hookups for interconnects.http://www.panamax.com/products.cfmhttp://www.panamax.com/products.cfm?group=22&sec=group
Good luck guys and let us know if you need any further help.
BTW, once setup you do realize that you have to come back here and post a thread with pics...right?