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How do I hang a TV on a slate wall over a fireplace?

by Shassi Kumaran 11 Jun 2024
How do I hang a TV on a slate wall over a fireplace?

In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the process of mounting a TV on a slate wall over a fireplace, with a focus on using the CondoMounts Metal Stud TV Mount - Advance Tilt.

Mounting a TV above a fireplace can be a challenging task, especially when dealing with a slate wall. The combination of heat from the fireplace and the dense, uneven surface of slate can pose unique difficulties. However, with the right tools and techniques, you can achieve a secure and stylish setup. 

Why Choose the CondoMounts Advanced Tilt Metal Stud TV Mount?

Before diving into the step-by-step instructions, let's explore why the CondoMounts Advanced Tilt Metal Stud TV Mount is the ideal choice for this project:

  • Heavy-Duty Support

    This mount is designed to hold up to 200 lbs, making it suitable for large TVs up to 75 inches.

  • Tilt and Pull-Out Features

    With up to 10 degrees of tilt and the ability to pull out 5.2 inches from the wall, it offers flexible viewing angles and easy access to cables.

  • Precision Engineering
    Made from premium steel, this mount provides durability and stability.

  • Elephant Anchors and Titanium Drill Bit
    The inclusion of these components ensures a secure attachment to metal studs, enhancing safety and ease of installation.

  • Sleek Design

    The mount keeps your TV close to the wall for a clean, modern look.


Now that we understand the benefits of the CondoMounts Advanced Tilt Metal Stud TV Mount, let's proceed with the installation process.

Step-by-Step Guide to Mounting Your TV on a Slate Wall Over a Fireplace

1. Gather Your Tools and Materials

Before starting, make sure you have the following tools and materials:

  • CondoMounts Advanced Tilt Metal Stud TV Mount
  • Elephant anchors (included with the mount)
  • Razor Sharp Titanium Drill bit (included with the mount)
  • Stud finder
  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Safety goggles and gloves
  • Painter's tape
  • Assistant (optional but recommended)

2. Choose the Right Height and Location

The first step is to determine the optimal height and location for your TV. Consider the following factors:

  • Viewing Comfort: The center of the TV screen should be at eye level when seated. Typically, this is around 42-48 inches from the floor, but it may vary based on your seating arrangement.
  • Heat Consideration: Ensure that the TV is not too close to the fireplace. A minimum distance of 12 inches above the fireplace is recommended to prevent heat damage.

3. Locate the Studs Behind the Slate Wall

Finding the studs is crucial for a secure installation. Here's how to do it:

  1. Use a Stud Finder: Run a stud finder across the wall to locate the metal studs behind the slate. Mark their positions with a pencil.
  2. Double-Check Measurements: Use a measuring tape to confirm the distance between studs, which is typically 16 or 24 inches apart.

4. Mark the Mounting Holes

With the stud locations marked, you can now outline where the mount will be placed:

  1. Align the Mount: Hold the mounting bracket against the wall, ensuring it is level.
  2. Mark the Holes: Use a pencil to mark the drilling points for the Elephant anchors. These should align with the metal studs for maximum support.

5. Drill Holes for the Elephant Anchors

Using the provided Razor Sharp Titanium Drill bit, carefully drill holes at the marked points:

  1. Drill Through the Slate: Slate can be dense and brittle, so apply steady pressure and drill slowly to avoid cracking.
  2. Insert the Anchors: Once the holes are drilled, insert the Elephant anchors into the holes. These anchors are designed to expand and provide a secure hold in the metal studs.

6. Attach the Wall Plate

With the anchors in place, you can now attach the wall plate:

  1. Position the Wall Plate: Align the wall plate with the drilled holes and secure it using the provided screws. Ensure it is level and tightly secured.
  2. Double-Check Stability: Give the wall plate a gentle tug to ensure it is firmly attached and stable.

7. Attach the Mounting Brackets to the TV

Next, attach the mounting brackets to the back of your TV:

  1. Locate the Mounting Points: Most TVs have designated mounting points on the back. Use the screws provided with the mount to attach the brackets.
  2. Secure the Brackets: Tighten the screws to ensure the brackets are securely attached to the TV.

8. Mount the TV on the Wall Plate

With the brackets attached to the TV, you are ready to mount the TV on the wall:

  1. Lift the TV: With the help of an assistant, lift the TV and align the brackets with the wall plate.
  2. Secure the TV: Once aligned, gently lower the TV onto the wall plate. Ensure the TV locks into place and is securely mounted.
  3. Adjust the Tilt: Use the tilt adjustment feature to set the desired viewing angle.

9. Manage Cables and Finishing Touches

Finally, organize and manage your cables for a clean look:

  1. Use Cable Ties: Bundle and secure cables using cable ties to prevent them from dangling.
  2. Hide Cables: Consider using cable covers or conduit to hide cables for a cleaner appearance.
  3. Test the Setup: Turn on the TV and check the picture quality and sound. Make any necessary adjustments to the tilt or position.

Tips for Maintaining Your Mounted TV

  • Regular Inspections
    Periodically check the mount and anchors to ensure they remain secure.

  • Heat Protection
    If the fireplace generates significant heat, consider installing a heat deflector to protect the TV.

  • Cable Management
    Regularly check and tidy up cables to maintain a neat setup.


Mounting a TV on a slate wall over a fireplace can be a daunting task, but with the right tools and careful planning, it can be done effectively. The CondoMounts Advanced Tilt Metal Stud TV Mount provides the strength and flexibility needed for a secure and aesthetically pleasing installation. By following this comprehensive guide, you can enjoy a beautifully mounted TV that enhances your living space and viewing experience.

With its heavy-duty support, tilt and pull-out features, and precision engineering, the CondoMounts Advanced Tilt Metal Stud TV Mount is your ultimate solution for hanging a TV on a slate wall over a fireplace. Elevate your entertainment setup today and enjoy the perfect blend of functionality and style.


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