I decided to buy a plasma for two reasons 1. my tv took a crap 2. I got a good deal. Well you cant have a plasma tv unless you are going to go all gangsta and mount it over your fireplace.
It is a gas log fireplace so it burns clean and since it can be regulated heat will not be an issue. I may have problems with the viewing so I may need an adjustable angle mount. So that is not a problem. The only concern that I have is how to route / hide the wires. Any good tips or tricks? I might not be in this house for very long. The chick might get a transfer. So I really dont want to do anything that is not semi reversable.
I mounted one over a fireplace, I have been working on the systems in my garage and bedroom so I haven't routed the cables yet. I will probably drill through the mortar between the bricks and then open the wall from the room behind it so I can route them to the sytem. For the mean time, I just have an HDMI cable that lays between the brick nicely so it's not noticeable.
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I've got bags of texture and sheetrock compund from running cables throughout the house.
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Re: Mounting a plasma TV
Go to the Home Depot and get some cable routing material. It's got sticky stuff on one side & has a tube you can pry open to hide the wires in. Don't know the technical name, but it's cheap and easy to remove when you (if) you move out. I used it in my last house to run the interconnects between my TV and the stereo equipment closet.
I mounted a 50" plasma on the wall of my master bedroom using a tilt mount I got from eBay for ~$50 shipped. Best Buy and other B&M stores want $300 for similar mounts. I haven't cut out the drywall to run the cables yet but you get the idea. They actually don't even look as bad in person as the picture makes them look. Hardly noticeable in person and match the color of the wall closer than they appear in this photo.