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Hi all. I am preparing to have my 40" Sony LCD TV installed over a brick fireplace. I had a couple of installers come and give me estimates which was a good learning experience for me as to what issues to consider before getting this done. I have listed below a few which I am looking for your advice on... any feedback would be much appreciated:


1. One of the installers said that he would drill the holes and install the anchors on the mortar between the bricks (vs the brick itself). Is this OK? Any specific type of anchors work better than others?


2. The receiver and cable box will be about 10 - 12' away from the TV. If I run a 15' HDMI cable from the back of the TV to the receiver (I will get an upconverting one with multiple inputs/outputs), will I be loosing any signal strength or compromising on the picture quality?


3. What about the power source? Is it possible to buy a 15' power cord to replace the one that came with the TV or must I install a power outlet behind the TV? If so, where can I find one which will work for my TV?


Thank you in advance for your feedback.
 

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I hope you aren't going to use the fireplace anymore...
 

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i don't know, but as a heads up do a search on this because there was, fairly recently, a rather complete thread exactly on this -- installing on brick -- and a discussion on in the brick or in the mortar mounting with definite points about that. good luck
 

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Originally Posted by BoilerJim /forum/post/15533788


Feedback, you want feedback???


Don't do it!
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I hope you aren't going to use the fireplace anymore...

Guys, would you mind elaborating... I appreciate your comment but am lost as to why this is a bad idea... is it because it is above a fireplace or because it is a "brick" fireplace? Thanks.
 

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Originally Posted by sumitk /forum/post/15533877


Guys, would you mind elaborating... I appreciate your comment but am lost as to why this is a bad idea... is it because it is above a fireplace or because it is a "brick" fireplace? Thanks.

Smoke, soot and heat are prime considerations. Also, most people who mount their flat panel TVs on a wall hide the cables; otherwise, it looks like crap in my humble opinion. Figuring out a way to hide cables on a brick wall would seem like a logistical nightmare. Good luck in whatever you decide.
 

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The height is also a concern. Try placing a piece of cardboard cut to the size of the TV on top of the fireplace. Sit in your favorite position and stare at the center of the cardboard for 15+ minutes. Usually it's much too high for long-term viewing.
 

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sirjonsnow...agreed...I have never seen one mounted on a wall that was comfortable to watch...above a fireplace is the absolute worst location...next worst is 5' high on the wall...
 
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