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ScottinCa
TV Mount over window

I'd like to install my TV in front of a widow.

My idea is to install a wooden structure inside of the window frame, something I could remove if I wanted to get access to the window or if I ever relocate the TV. I was thinking the structure could be screwed into the inside of my window frame, it doesn't have to be pretty since the TV will be in front of it.  My question is will I be ok screwing 2x4s on the inside of the window, and then attach the TV to this structure? It's a pretty big TV that weighs about 150lbs.

  My house was built in 1987 and I'm pretty sure they framed the window with 2x4s so I think I could simply use drywall screws to reach the framing studs.  

  My worse case scenarios is the weight of the TV pulls down my structure off the window and my TV gets damaged.

 

thanks in advance for any help/ideas

HandyAndyInMtAiry
Re: TV Mount over window

Scott,

There are a couple things to think about.

If this is in a bedroom, and that is the only window in the room. You are not allowed to cover the window with anything that cannot be easily moved out of the way, in case of fire. If there is a fire, and someone cannot get out, or a fire fighter cannot get in, your insurance will not pay for life or home damages.

Inside the wall around any window is a king and jack stud, at least one of each, if not two. You are ok to attach to that, but keep in mind that you may actually put enough stress on the king and jack stud to bow them out of plum. Then the window will not fit the opening correctly.

Another thing, you mentioned using "drywall" screws. They are only meant to be used on, well...... drywall only. They are only 3/4" long. What you need to use would be more of at least 3 1/2" to 4" long. a "drywall" screw will not even protrude completely thru 1 1/2" of a 2x4.

What is wrong with suspending the tv mount from the ceiling? You can actually purchase a kit that has everything needed. And it is not against the fire code.

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

ScottinCa
Re: TV Mount over window

Thanks for your reply Andy,

 great stuff on the fire safety, That never occured to me.  In my case it's in my living room, and the front door is about 10' away as is another window.

Also an interesting point on pulling the studs out of plum - again this never occured to me - so thank you very much. I double checked and the TV is closer to 100lbs plus another 20 max for the mount.  Do you think this is enough weight to potentially pull the studs out of plum?

As far as mounting from the ceiling - that's not a good option for me, I'll attach a picture.  It's possible to hang it from a small gap between the window and another set of windows above the bottom window, but I'm not sure how I'd achieve this.  I'd probably have to get a metal fabricator to make some kind of arm that could swing out of the way - this would actually be pretty handy and allow alot more flexibility but it would have bear about 120lbs.

Thanks

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HandyAndyInMtAiry
Re: TV Mount over window

The structure in and around the area of the window is not designed to hold up that much weight. There is most likely very little, if any structure to attach anything to.

Again, there are many manufactures that already build exactly what you are looking for. There is no need to re-invent the wheel.

http://www.chiefmfg.com/TV-Mounts/Wall-Full-Swing

This is only one site, there are many others with the same thing. Also there are some with ceiling mounts.

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

ScottinCa
Re: TV Mount over window

awesome - great info thanks for the link and your expertise.

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