I'm trying to hang a 65" TV on a plaster wall above a fireplace, but I'm having trouble locating studs. I purchased magnets to try to find the nails screwed into the studs, then went over the spot I found with a stud finder on deep scan mode. I drilled the spot and am now 3/4" of the way in, and it still looks like plaster. Do I continue drilling or try to find another spot? I don't 100% trust the stud finder since the wall is textured plaster, but I feel the magnet helped confirm it.
The magnet also stuck about 3 inches to the right of where I thought I found the stud I want to use, but the stud finder didn't alert there. It did have a strong signal, but it was just short of enough to cause it to beep.
So I just bought a mantle mount (one of the ones that pulls out away from the wall and down over the mantel) and I am looking to mount it over my fireplace. It is really the only place in the living room that we will be able to put the tv, and I know the cons, but we will either have to have no tv and fire, no fire and tv, or both and run the risk of the tv biting the dust sooner than usual. The plaster overmantel goes straight up from the sides of the mantel all the way to the ceiling and the brick fire place narrows above the mantel behind the plaster, so there is some hollow space on each side of the flue. The plaster in the middle seems to be directly over the brick and there are no studs in there. I am ideally wanting to run the wires through the hollow space down the wall and to the area with the electronics. I would also need to install an outlet on the wall behind the tv. The outlet would also need to be in the empty space by the flue. My questions are
1.) Is it safe to run the wires (romex, Ethernet, and begins wall grade HDMI) behind the wall next to the brick of the fireplace or will I need to do any insulation of the wires. I am assuming this won’t be a problem, but I am just making sure.
2.) How would one go about drilling to mount the tv? I am not worried about having to patch brick or anything later because it will be covered in plaster regardless, so that isn’t an issue. The issues are that I don’t want to accidentally drill through the metal and into the flue (although I am not sure how damaging that would actually be to the fireplace until I took out the mount), I don’t want to drill too shallow and not get a good hold of the brick, and since I can’t see the brick and mortar, does it really matter which one I end up hitting?
I am planning on using some tapcon bolts to hold the mount (may throw an extra bolt or 2 for piece of mind). I heard some people putting liquid nails in the hole before they drive the bolt for extra hold, but I would think this would maybe cause some additional damage while removing the bolt later on.
Any tips besides “Don’t put your tv above the fireplace, dumbass” would be much appreciated. I can upload some pictures if that would help.
Hey guys. So my wife and I have building a new mantel for our fire place. The old one was just a 2x6 piece of rough cedar from the 80s.
Anyway, we've come this far and we've decided we want to fancy up the brick corbels underneath the mantel. According to the international building code, anything within 12" (aside from the 1/8th inch every inch rule) from the fireplace opening must be noncombustible. So we were thinking of some custom non-structural, plaster corbel veneers... the problem is neither of us have any experience with casting, modeling, sculpting or any other useful skill that would give anybody confidence that we are even a little capable of this haha.
My questions are:
So far my plan is to sculpt the corbels out of clay and then make a silicone (or similar material) negative from that, then fill the mold with plaster. I was thinking of using something like Great Stuff insulation to capture the form of the bricks.
Hey everyone! While sitting here, enjoying my social distancing, I noticed that I have some bubbling going on above my fireplace and I’m looking for some advice as far as how to go about fixing it.
My home was built in 1953, and I believe that the main living area walls are plaster, not drywall. The bubbling is contained to the spots above my fireplace, so I’m guessing there must be some sort of leak going on between the fireplace and the house to cause this ? When I press on the areas, they “crackle” it doesn’t feel soft behind them, but it might be.
Any words of advice or next steps to take? Thank you!
Really, my wife wants me to hang the TV over the gas fireplace that we use regularly.
This is a 1920s house with lots of plaster and lathe. I really don't have issues cutting holes in this stuff, but the brick backing is a first.
I did my due diligence: I went to the attic where the cables would run from and found the brick fireplace with a gap between the brick and wood framing and the plaster. I figured it would be simple to cut holes in the plaster and drop cables down the gap to the TV.
Then I go downstairs and figure out where I want to hang the TV on the fireplace. I drill pilot holes... And hit brick behind the plaster. Uhoh.
I drill a few more pilot holes to the ceiling and it is brick all the way up. Looks like the wood framing(and corresponding cavity) doesn't go down as far as I'd hoped.
Turns out the plaster is 2.5" thick in front of the bricks.
Any suggestions on running and ultimately hiding cables to the TV?
I can't run anything from the basement and would in any event run into the same problem with the plaster and bricks. My wife is not a fan of the surface channels, especially in those case (we have them installed in the nursery to protect wires from the kid).
I could in theory cut a channel in the plaster to the side of the fireplace where I could pick up the lathe and where I know I can drop cables down the wall and then either bury cable or a conduit and then patch over it. Is there any issue with cutting a channel down to the brick? That would be plenty of room to run conduit. Would the plaster break off from above if it didn't have support below?
Any thoughts on how to solve this problem?
Pic of fireplace: http://i.imgur.com/LmOL5J9.jpg
You can see the mantle, test hole in the middle, old crown molding at the intersection of the wall and ceiling, along with the wall space to th left of the fireplace where there is a plaster and lathe and I can shoot cables down the back.
Please ignore the baby toys!
We bought a century-old house last fall. The plaster above the fireplace was previously bulging but as of this weekend has full-blown cracks along the bulges. What are our options to fix this? Do we need to tear down & replace the plaster or is there an easier fix? The structural engineer said the place was in good condition when we bought it, so I'm hoping this doesn't point to a larger underlying issue.
Album showing plaster cracks: https://imgur.com/a/MTXjr8Y
As an aside, we were hoping to eventually mount a TV above the fireplace. Does this seem doable once fixed? Any ideas on if the plaster would be straight on top of the fireplace bricks, or do you think a layer of lath would be between the two? Any recommendations for mounting on plaster?
Hi DIY, I've read the rules and hopefully following them. Mods, let me know if I need to change anything.
We are renovating our house and want to update the old fireplace. I've demo'd it down to studs and have a few ideas but want to get the community's perspective.
Here is inspiration for the end result.
This is what we're currently working with.
Wondering if we should do stucco or plaster over something like hardi backer. I don't want to do drywall for fear of turning the paper facing into a sloppy mess, and also because I want the stucco (or plaster) to bond to the sheet itself, not just the paper.
If this is the right route, I'm now wondering how to take this all the way over the face of the fireplace. The black area (was tiled) is 1/2" out from the framing, so any backer would end up sitting on it/flush to the plane.
Should I fur out the framing so the backer can install directly over this area? Are there heat considerations? Whatever I do with the top, wonder if I would need to do the same with the bottom where there's venting...
Please let me know if I'm off base about the right way to do this. Ideas, best practices, all welcome.
Thanks for any help! More pics below...
Our living room has this gigantic eyesore of a fireplace surround that I'd love to try and remove myself without needing to pay a couple hundred bucks to my contractor. Besides just trying to take a sledgehammer to it, anyone have suggestions on how I can remove it with minimal damage to the drywall behind it?
When my parents moved into their new house there was a fireplace covered with plaster. My siblings and I had a great idea back then to uncover the fireplace by chiseling the plaster off. Unfortunately somebody went nuts removing the plaster before we measured out how much we actually wanted to remove. I'm home from school on break this week and wanted to surprise my parents while they're at work.
Basically I have two questions I was hoping y'all could help me with. First; how to fill in the section outside of the measured lines (maybe just plaster). Second; what is the best thing to do with the exposed bricks? My parents want to keep the bricks so how would I clean them up and make them presentable?
Here are some pictures!!