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Old 06-04-2013, 08:22 PM   #1
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Lowered TV which we thought was too high

Although we have been very pleased with our White Hawk TT, we felt the TV was mounted a bit too high, and we were always 'looking up' to watch it. Since the TV was recessed into the fireplace chimney 'stone' about 1/2 inch, and the backing for that TV opening was cherry veneer, this posed a challenge. We tackled the mod this weekend. I first shimmed the TV mount out about 9/16 inch (to clear the existing 'stone'), and lowered the TV about 7 inches. This left a 6 inch band of cherry wood above the TV in the middle of the 'stone'. We saw the solution at Lowe's Home Improvement. They are now selling a manufactured 'stone', named AirStone. It is very light weight, and easy to work with just a hacksaw. The pieces are 2 inches high, about 1/2 inch thick, and of various lengths. We fit these and glued them in the opening. We also added stone down each side of the TV since the wood could be seen when you stood near the TV. The AirStone was a little lighter in color than the original, but my lovely wife spent a few hours doing 'touch-up' with black and brown shoe polish! We are VERY pleased with the result. I don't think anyone would notice if they were not looking for the different stone!
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ohhhhhhh....THAT TV

Very nice!
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It looks great. Any idea what the original stone is?
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ohhhhhhh....THAT TV

Very nice!
lol.....

We must think alike, I had the same thought!! :hihi:
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I would get a bigger flat screen and fill up the whole area.
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I have the same original setup. It's too bad that the tv mount doesn't tilt like many home tv wall mounts. One thing to keep in mind is that the fireplace does send a good bit of heat up to where the TV is now situated when using the fireplace as a heater.
You did a good job filling in the area above the TV. Its something I'll keep in mind for a mod if I find my neck getting sore from looking up at the TV.
Thanks for sharing.
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Maybe we should start calling the TV SET a HDTV for short... I too was all set to see how the truck was going to look with lowering blocks added. I was thinking this is wierd - Just yesterday someone was thinking his truck and X213 trailer might be too low to purchase and not work to good when boondocking..

I would not like the HDTV that couldn't be tilted down some. I always look for that when mounting one to a wall. I guess the bigger they get the less this is more important. My biggest HDTV is 26-inch.

If the heat from the fireplace electric heater is indeed too hot for the HDTV maybe a metal deflector just above it would work and not look too bad..

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Heat does not seem to be a problem with mine. The fireplace does not radiate heat behind it or above it on mine. The blower does a fine job of moving the heat out.

The mantle on his should divert any up-flow of heat, I would think.
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You are correct Norty, there is almost no heat that rises from the fireplace, the fan blows it out quite nicely, and for what little does rise, the mantle will absorb.
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Any idea what the original stone is?
The original 'stone' is one piece of molded fiberglass, I believe.
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