How Do I Hide Wall-Hung TV Wires?
Electrician Scott Caron shows ways to hide TV wires behind masonry
I would like to mount a flat-screen TV above our brick fireplace. Is there a way to do that without showing any wires?
—Marion Chmielecki, Colchester, CT
There are a couple of ways to hide TV wires on masonry.
The easiest and least expensive approach would be to run the cables inside a surface raceway attached to the fireplace. But then you see the raceway instead of the wires. On painted brick, a raceway painted the same color wouldn’t be that noticeable, but it would be hard to camouflage against raw brick and mortar.
A more elegant solution would be to bury the wires behind a fireplace mantel positioned below the TV. In fact, there’s a company called Hidden Wire Mantels that makes just such a product. You attach a shallow box to the fireplace face, lay in the cables, then slide the custom, one-piece mantel over the box. For fireplace fronts that stand out from the wall, these mantels can be made with returns that go around corners and lead the wires to an outlet or a less obtrusive raceway. Either way, your TV’s wires will be out of sight.