How To Anchor A Flat Panel TV Monitor
To A Brick,
Masonry or Concrete
by Bob Carlisle, President of
Concrete Fasteners and Tawny Sikon
It seems like everyone has a modern flat screen TV these days. Whether mounted
on a wall, displayed on a TV stand or installed above a fireplace, these
televisions can add real ambiance and d©cor to any room in your home. These
televisions can be displayed in a variety of places to save room and create a
Mounting a flat screen television over a fireplace has become quite popular.
However, certain precautions must be considered to ensure that the TV doesn't
get damaged by the heat. Before installation, experiment with thermometers to
make sure that the temperatures generated by the fireplace during normal use are
within the heat guidelines in the user manual. Anchoring a flat TV above a
fireplace is usually harmless with the appropriate distance and proper
Before You Get Started
Once you have determined that the TV can be safety installed above the
fireplace, the proper mount should be chosen. Wall mounts come in many sizes and
styles specific to the type of display. Screen height as well as electronic
specifications must also be considered. This article is targeted for DIYers with
knowledge of electronics, if unsure of code violations, please contact a
- Safety Goggles
- Hammer Drill
- Standard Drill
- Drill Bit
- Shop-Vac or Wire Brush
The next step is to select the appropriate anchoring system to mount the
television. There are a number of different types of
that can be used to anchor the mounting brackets to brick, block, concrete or mortar.
Most people choose to use a
Concrete Sleeve Anchor (left) or
Tapcon© Concrete Screws (right) because they provide the most consistent holding
values in a variety of base materials. The holding value is dependent on the
diameter of the anchor and depth of embedment. It is critical to test
the holding value needed with each specific application because the
quality of the brick and/or mortar will vary in every situation.
When anchoring into brick, it is sometimes necessary to anchor to the mortar
joint, depending on where the holes in the bracket line-up. Mortar can be an
excellent base material to improve holding values but will depend on the quality
and quantity of the mortar in the joint. Anchoring into brick only will also
work in some applications.
Once you have determined the type, size and number of concrete fasteners
needed, you can proceed with installation.
Step by Step Instructions
Helpful Hint: Make sure the diameter of the anchor
used will fit correctly through the holes in the bracket/wall mount. If
not, you may have to slightly enlarge the hole in the bracket.
Concrete Sleeve Anchors can be installed in a few steps. Basic instructions
- Cut-out and install the wall-boxes that you will use for
- Using a level, determine the desired height of the
display. Next, attach the mount to the brick fireplace.
- Using a hammer drill, drill a hole (the same diameter as
the anchor diameter) using a carbide-tipped masonry bit.
- Clear the hole of all debris using compressed air, a
shop-vac or wire brush
- Insert the
Sleeve Anchor into the hole and make sure it is secure and positioned
correctly. Continue to insert each anchor into the correct bracket.
- Position the mount in the desired position. Tighten all
nuts to ensure the mount is secure.
- Carefully hang the flat screen to the mount (ask for
another's help if necessary), making sure to check that any safety tabs are
in place for extra security.
Tech Tip: Watch
your hole sizing! 1/4" diameter Tapcons use a 3/16" bit and
3/16" diameter Tapcons use a 5/32" bit.
The installation of a
Tapcon® Concrete Screw is also straightforward:
- Cut-out and install the wall-boxes that will be used for
- Attaching the mount to the brick fireplace is the next
step. Using a level, determine the desired height of the display before
attempting to install the wall mount.
- Using a hammer drill, drill holes using the correct
diameter carbide-tipped masonry bit for the
concrete screw diameter in use.
- Clear the hole of debris.
- Position the mount in the exact position. Drive the screw
into the hole with a standard drill and continue until all brackets are
firmly in place.
- Carefully hang the flat screen television to the mount,
checking to ensure that safety tabs are in place for extra holding.
A final note...
As with any home improvement or anchoring project, it is important to keep
safety in mind and follow instructions carefully. Always remember to wear safety
goggles, handle all tools with extra care, and follow all technical and
electronic specifications. This article is meant to serve as a basic overview of
the steps to complete this project. Always refer to the manufacturer's
instructions or consult a contracting expert. With a little research, planning
and patience you are now ready to sit back, relax and enjoy your new flat screen
TV for years to come!
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