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OT Mounting a Flat Screen TV to Stone Fireplace?

rholtrholt Posts: 368

Hello all,

 

After much internet searching I realized that there is a lot of conflicting reports on mounting a Flat screen TV to a Stone Fireplace. I have a 55" samsung LED TV that I plan on mounting but I need to know if I should mount directly into the stone or into the Mortar. I have heard both. It is already wired for my needs and I just want to make sure the TV isn't going to fall off the wall. Thanks in advance.

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  • tamu2009tamu2009 Posts: 238
    I've done both. And they were back in the day when TVs weighed a ton. 

    I mounted a 42 LG LED outside on the back of my fireplace with a box surround and used these Red Head anchors (http://www.lowes.com/pd_41068-2191-11021_0__?productId=3033202&Ntt=concrete+anchors&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dconcrete%2Banchors&facetInfo=) to mount the box to the fireplace and then the TV to the box. You basically drill a pilot hole, tap the anchors in, and tighten the nut which expands the other end grabbing the brick/stone.]

    TVs these days don't weigh very much and are MUCH easier to mount...
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 13,527
    Personally I would locate the studs behind the stone and lag bolt into them providing the stone is a faux stone. Real stone... I would go into the stone. You might consider attaching a 2x12 into the stone... It would be easier to plumb and level. If it's real stone over cinder block.. Try butterfly bolts.
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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 16,626
    i would say the stone would be more solid but you then have to live with the holes in the stone later if the tv comes down. you could also mount it to the ceiling or up off the mantle or do what i did and stand the 55 inch flat screen up on top of the broken 50 inch box tv
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  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 6,452
    Is the stone real? Like henapple notes - if it is faux stone, find the studs. if not, into the rock.
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  • NDGNDG Posts: 1,130
    I was just researching methods to mount TVs above fireplace and bumped into this gem http://www.comfortvu.com/.  No idea if this could work with stone, but watch the video, its pretty damn cool.  

    I am not much help, but good luck.
    Columbus, Ohio
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  • boatbumboatbum Posts: 1,273
    My patio has a 48 inch mounted with anchors into the brick wall. Couple of things to remember, TV's are not that heavy anymore. Also, the brackets are designed such that the predominant load is vertical, not pulling out. In other words, the bracket is pressing against the wall, so, the load on the attachment is pulling sideways - not out and down. The actual load on an individual anchor is not that high. Less than hanging a mirror in sheetrock.
    Cookin in Texas
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  • rholtrholt Posts: 368

    Thanks guys. I am leaning toward drilling into the mortar as I could easily patch them should the TV come down. The TV is surprisingly light so I think the mortar would hold. I would just need to make sure I go deep enough into the wall. The stone is very real and very thick averaging about 6 inches in depth. Should I do a standard flush mount with a little angle or do the full motion arm thing?

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,806
    I'd drill in the mortar and use some red heads.  If it's a real fireplace it'll be solid brick, no studs or cinder block.
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 13,527
    Be careful with the mortar.. Not very strong.
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,806
    Those plastic Twist-N-Lock anchors hold 50 pounds each in nothing but drywall.  If the red head seats well in the mortar, it ain't goin' nowhere.
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  • rholtrholt Posts: 368
    Good to know. Thanks fellas.
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  • boatbumboatbum Posts: 1,273
    go into the stone for more strength
    Cookin in Texas
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,806
    boatbum said:
    go into the stone for more strength
    Correct.  That's the way they designed cars back in the 60's.  Mechanical components were over-designed, and the act of over-designing made them so heavy they broke prematurely. Tread lightly in design.  If the TV weighs more than a hundred pounds, and the cantilever put stress on the structure that type N mortar (750 psi likely but could be as much as 2600 psi - note, drywall is much, much less and it will hold said TV), then go into the brick, or if you don't care about the holes, drill in the brick.
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  • rholtrholt Posts: 368
    I'm with you Nola, Mortar it is! Can't bear to see holes in my precious stone fireplace!
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  • rholtrholt Posts: 368

    @Joelee ,

    I can't seem to find the original message you sent me in my inbox. I have looked everywhere. The form has been acting up lately it seems to me.

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  • eddieproeddiepro Posts: 42
    Good luck! I had the fortune to have my mason lay the stone around the tv mount without going through the stone. Either way, don't worry about it being high, the picture and experience is totally worth it! Finished this in December with a 65 in Samsung and a Enviro Pellet stove
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  • rholtrholt Posts: 368
    Thanks @eddiepro. I will let ya know how it turns out.
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  • erniemcclainerniemcclain Posts: 357

    Tapcon screws.

     

    Ernie McClain

    Scottsbluff, Nebraska

    (in the extreme western panhandle of NE)

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