A TV will go above the fireplace.  I was concerned that building out the wall to accommodate running electric and communication lines into the center of the wall would take up too much space on the mantel.  I also was not sure in this old house, if a TV over the mantel was appropriate.  It was now or never to make up mind, since we were in the midst of the electrical rough-in, so I decided to go for it.

My father had me purchase 12, 2×2 beams and in less than an hour we had the fireplace strapped and wires pulled for the electrical outlets.  We even added support boards for the future TV mount.  I will only loose 2″ of the 12″ mantel.  Once covered in drywall it won’t be noticed.

Now the question is will my budget allow for a new TV.

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