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Re: wall mount for 52in tv ?
Here is a mount rated for your size TV
Also, be VERY careful mounting ANY plasma above a fireplace. Plasma sets are typically convection cooled to avoid the noise of fans. The heat from a fireplace will GREATLY reduce the life of the set. When people I know insist on putting a set above a fireplace I usually insist they install a cooling fan with ducting that will vent fresh air to the set. If you are concerned about the temp of your set simply consult the owners manual for operating temperature and measure the air above the fireplace yourself.
BHphotovideo.com typically has good prices on mounts along with amazon. most other places like bestbuy or circuitcity will stick you on the price of the mount because they make their money from accessories.
Also, why did your last set die? plasmas are typically rateed for 10+ years, did yours over heat and start to change colors?
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You would have to use a mounting bracket specifically designed for the type of installation you describe and it certainly would have to be fastened into the studs behind the sheetrock. A TV of that size will be heavy to lift and install in the bracket
As long as the set is mounted correctly, there should be no real trouble with heat.
The Mounts, are/maybe standard, however it is the fastening that will differ, if stone, brick, concrete then special fixings must be used, apart from that you will be all good.
Absolutly, I have wall mounted a few dozen above fireplaces in the past 5 years; I can even send you over some pictures and suggestions come time for the install.
What is the wall material? Brick mantel or drywall with wood studs?
Although a TV looks attractive about a fireplace you have to consider that it is fatiguing to watch from such a high height. The optimal average height for a TV is 45" to centre (depending on furniture). If you exceed that by a few feet watching a lot of TV is awkward.
The advantage is it combines the focal point of the room, and instead of having a picture about a fire place, your TV becomes the work of art and can be used as a digital picture frame.
If your talking about enclosed fireplace with the glass front and the vents from it are facing down. Then yes you can use your judgment though. Just make sure their is enough space between the tv, and the fireplace so their isn't direct heat blowing on the tv. A good 4-5 feet above the fire place or more would be fine.
it's not a good idea to mount any tv above a fireplace mantle. Anytype of excessive heat added to the tv besides what it generates itself can cause distortion and loss of use in the tv by saudering or melting of connections that you cant see. If in doubt, is there a place where youve seen a tv mounted above the fireplace mantle, and ask them about any issues they may have come across, or are they also restricted to keeping the fire very low.
When attaching your wall mount to the brick you should use a metal lag shield designed for masonry. These can be found at the local hardware store but i would carry the mounting bracket with you so that you can ensure that you get the appropriate size of fastener that will pass through the bracket. As far as the heat goes, it really depends on the amount of heat the system will be subject to. Some fireplaces are more for decoration and produce very little heat above the mantle area. Others that have blowers on them or are left with the doors open genrate considerable heat.
I would not advise the mounting of the tv above the fireplace in my professional opinion. The cooler you can keep electronics - to a point- will greatly increase the service life of the appliance.I hope this is of assistance to you and thanks for using Fix Ya. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.
Both LCD TVs and plasma TVs get hot, though plasma TVs tend to be a bit hotter in my experience. Also, plasma TVs are going out of fashion.
A lot will depend on the construction of your fireplace. If it's brick it should insulate fairly well.
Either way, I would recommend a mounting solution that does not put the back of the TV flush with the wall. Get one that tilts. I would avoid the "arm" style ones as that will put additional strain on the mounting.
Remember to think about how you want to run your power and video cabling as well!
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.