This article is all about how to mount a TV on brick.
There are several things you need to know before attempting this job.
The fasteners used to install and hold televisions on drywall are not the same ones used when mounting them on brick walls. For this task, you need to get different fasteners made specifically for the job.
Installing your television in the wrong way or using the wrong fasteners significantly increases the risk of it falling off the wall.
- Hammer drill
- Round-wire brush
- Screws, bolts, and washers
- Wrench or screwdriver, depending on the screws you are using
Check the weight of your TV
Televisions weigh differently based on their size and type (plasma, LED, or LCD). Knowing the weight of your television helps you find the right mount and fasteners for it.
Do not estimate the weight by looking at it. You can get the information from the details on the box or call your seller to confirm.
If you get the wrong weight, you will end up using the wrong support for it, and, eventually, it will collapse from the pressure.
Get the right fasteners
Brick fasteners come in a variety of types and sizes. Each is customized to handle their specific weight and use. Therefore, make sure you buy the right fasteners. You can visit a local shop and have them help you purchase the right types.
Step 1: The first thing is to wear the right protective gear. Get safety goggles and a dust mask for the job. The latter will keep you from breathing in the dust particles from drilling, while the goggles protect your eyes.
Step 2: Next, use the drill to make a hole in the brick wall. You can use a round-wire brush to brush off the dust particles that accumulate in the hole. Make all the necessary holes for securing the mount on the wall.
Step 3: To install the sleeve anchor, push it through the right holes in the mount. Make sure the bolt and washer are on it. Ensure the bolts are tightly fastened.
Step 4: If you are using concrete screws, drill the holes with a hammer drill and use a round-wire brush to clear any dust particles. Make sure the holes are drilled to the right depth, which is usually marked on the drill. Install the concrete screws through the mount and into the holes. Make sure the washers are around the screws before you insert them.
Tighten the screws using a wrench or a screwdriver, but do not overtighten them. Overtightening may affect how well they work.
Step 5: For toggle bolts, drill the holes in the brick wall, thread them with a bolt and washer, collapse their wings, and then insert them into the holes. The wings will release inside the holes, thus offering stronger support.
Ensure the wings are flat when you are tightening the bolts.
Step 6: This is the final step. It is time to mount the TV. Use the screws that came with the mount to fasten the back of the TV onto the mount. There will be holes at the back of your TV for fastening it onto the metal screws.
Finally, check the safety tabs to make sure they are properly set for added security.
Note: Shop vacuums can also be used to suck out the dust particles in place of round-wire brushes.
Mounting the TV on a brick wall with a fireplace below
If the brick wall where you want to mount your TV is above your fireplace, then there are a few things you may want to consider.
First, ensure that the heat of the fireplace does not get to the TV. You can do this by installing insulated barriers under the TV to keep away the heat. Excess heat damages the internal electronic parts of your television and affects its performance.
Many manufacturers also consider a TV’s warranty null and void if it is exposed to heat. You might, therefore, want to take some time to read the warranty conditions before you decide to mount your television above a fireplace.
Hiding the cables and wires
Once you’ve installed your TV, you may want to make the cables and wires attached to it inconspicuous. There are several ideas that you can use for this task.
Use wires and cables that are the same color as the brick wall. Alternatively, you could have the wall painted first so that the color matches the common colors used on cables. A good example is the color white.
You can also use objects to hide the wires — a line of flower vases with the cables passing behind them, or a large painting.
Finally, you could install the TV on the wall with an electrical outlet to avoid having long cables stemming from the outlet to the TV.
When mounting your TV on a brick wall, make sure you do not place it too high, especially for an LED TV. A TV that is too high will be difficult to watch since it will strain your neck or the images could appear distorted.
Make a habit of checking how the screws are holding up every once in a while to make sure none of them have loosened. This is especially important during the first few weeks after you’ve mounted the TV.
Knowing how to mount a TV on brick is a simple process that should take less than an hour to complete. Having the right tools will make it faster, especially for the drilling process. Remember to get the right mount for your TV and the right screws for the brick wall. Do this by checking the weight of your TV before you go out to purchase the screws.
Lastly, keep an eye on the TV and the mount during the first few days after installation. If you notice any tilting or angle change, check to see if everything is alright back there.