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Old 08-03-2009, 09:40 PM
 
Location: MI
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I'm looking for someone to install a TV and surround sound system. I want the TV professionally installed on a brick fireplace, and the wiring hidden. Do you have any recommendations on who does this? Thanks.
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Old 08-05-2009, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
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I had the same situation and went with a smaller company in Middletown. The service was better than the bigger companies, but the price was higher. I'm torn on whether it was worth it.

The biggest issue is installing over fireplaces. There is apparently a real split of opinion over this. I was told it was no problem and did it just like you described. Then, when the job was done, the tech who installed it said he would never put a big screen over a fireplace because the chance of damage was too great. (Hey, thanks for telling me that now!)

The issue seems to be the heat waves as they come up over the lip of the fireplace. I guess the bottom line is that if they say it can be done, get it in writing and get a longer warranty.
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Old 08-05-2009, 10:44 AM
 
Location: MI
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I had the same situation and went with a smaller company in Middletown. The service was better than the bigger companies, but the price was higher. I'm torn on whether it was worth it.

The biggest issue is installing over fireplaces. There is apparently a real split of opinion over this. I was told it was no problem and did it just like you described. Then, when the job was done, the tech who installed it said he would never put a big screen over a fireplace because the chance of damage was too great. (Hey, thanks for telling me that now!)

The issue seems to be the heat waves as they come up over the lip of the fireplace. I guess the bottom line is that if they say it can be done, get it in writing and get a longer warranty.
Thanks for the response. The fireplace issue isnt as big a deal for me, as the house is an older one, and the fireplace is capped. It is just for decoration now, but just wasnt sure if they drill through the brick to mount it. I will be interested to see how they hide the wires/speakers, as the fireplace is pretty much a brick column in the middle of the room. Would they just run them up the chimney and through the roof? Or maybe under the hardwood floors?

Overall, do you think the professional install was worth the $$$?
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Old 08-05-2009, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
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Would they just run them up the chimney and through the roof? Or maybe under the hardwood floors?

Overall, do you think the professional install was worth the $$$?
I think they just drilled some holes in my drywall and ran them over to an outlet.

I complain a lot about the cost, but we get a lot of enjoyment out of our big screen. We both love movies and sports, and there is nothing like have those in HD on a 50 inch screen. You might say it paid for itself, since I canceled my football and basketball season tickets, which paid for it all in about three years. There really is almost no need to go to a game or a movie if you have a good system.
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