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Just a consumer quesstion.

Would it be a bad idea to mount my LCD tv above my fireplace? There is a recess in the wall above it and it seems like a natural fit. Will i pay for it in the long run?

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Re: Just a consumer quesstion.

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Re: Just a consumer quesstion.

Not knowing the architecture of your house and what type of fireplace you have it is hard for me to answer this effectively. You say you have a recess, was this recess designed for televisions as is commonplace in recently built homes? And what type of fireplace do you have, is it wood burning or gas? By any rate I would not mount a TV above a fireplace unless I was sure it would be safe there. Try putting a small thermometer where you'd like the mount the TV and check how hot it gets while you use the fireplace. Also, do a visual check for the amount of smoke that escapes the fireplace back into the room and not through the vent/chimney. If after doing this it seems reasonable to mount your TV there go for it.

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Re: Just a consumer quesstion.

Heat rises and smoke has particulate matter in it. And heat is the enemy of electronics. So personally, I would not mount any expensive TV over a fireplace. However, if you have nice glass doors covering your fireplace opening, good updraft in your fireplace, and a large mantel that projects out over the opening, you will probably get reasonable life out of your LCD TV.

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I live in Iowa, where can I get my Olevia TV repaired? I have audio, but a black screen. I have had this set for only 2 1/2 years.

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