How to Mount a TV On Brick

Have you recently purchased the MI-361 Pull Down TV Wall Mount for Fireplace? If so, you probably want to know how to mount a tv on brick. Fortunately, it’s fast and easy. You don’t need an expert, just an extra helping hand. 

Below, we’ll run you through the steps so that you’re perfectly prepared and can have a mounted TV in no time! 

How to Mount a TV From the Ceiling

The MI-361 is a specialty TV wall mount that is perfect for any fireplace, particularly those with brick backdrops. It’s compatible with TVs ranging from 40 inches to 70 inches, provides 23-inch height adjustment and cushioned, insulated handles to protect from fireplace heat. These features of this wall mount allow it to be adjusted to your optimal viewing angle. For more details about adjusting your mount, see these 5 Creative Ways to Use Your Articulating TV Wall Mount With A Long Arm.

Benefits of the mount include:

  • Heavy-duty steel construction with heavy load capacity, ranging from 16.5 to 70 pounds
  • Foldable design for space-saving
  • Heat safe 
  • Full-motion range adjustability allows you to tilt, rotate, and swivel the TV
  • Gas spring design for easy movement 

Simply put, it doesn’t get better than this!

Tools You’ll Require

If you want to hang your TV above a brick fireplace, you’ll need the following mounting hardware:

  • A screwdriver
  • Pencil
  • Stud finder
  • Standard drill with 65mm 3/16th drill bit
  • A ladder
  • A friend to help with the job
  • Additional tools are included in the package
  • Tape measurer

Components

The MI-361 comes with a package of components that you’ll need to perform the job. 

These include:

Primary Package:

  • One magnetic spirit level
  • Four Philips M6 x 12 pan head screws
  • Four Philips M6 x 25 pan head screws
  • Four Philips M8 x 12 pan head screws 
  • Four Philips M8 x 25 pan head screws
  • Four washers
  • Four spacers
  • Four Philips M6 x 8 pan head screws 
  • Two Philips M6 x 20 pan head screws 
  • Four M8 x 10 Allen Pan head Screws
  • Four non-slip nuts
  • Four plastic washers
  • Four washer 2s
  • Four hex bolt screws
  • One spanner wrench
  • One hexagon wrench
  • Two cable ties

  • Package A:

  • One handle
  • Two hooks
  • One wallboard
  • One connecting rod
  • One front panel
  • One bracket
  • Two wall panel cover

  • For the sake of simplicity, the installation instructions will denote these components by their lettering in the steps. 

    To visualize the installation process, please refer to the manual

    Considering the Mantle

    Before you hang a TV above a brick fireplace, you’ll need to ensure that the vertical space above the mantle is larger than the height of the wallboard. This will depend upon how far the mantle extends from the wall. 

    Typically, this will look like:

    • Mantle is less than 8 inches – Wallboard height + 4 inches
    • Mantle is 8 to 10 inches – Wallboard height + 5 inches
    • Mantle is 10 to 12 inches – Wallboard height + 7 inches
    • Mantle is 12 to 14 inches – Wallboard height + 8 inches

    If the mantle is greater than 14 inches, the piece won’t function properly. If this is the case, you might need to rethink the placement of your mount. Learn how to mount a TV from the ceiling here.

    Also, as a note of caution, it’s vital that the temperature at the front of the fireplace above the mantle never exceeds 110 degrees Fahrenheit. 

    Mounting a TV on Brick

    If you have a brick fireplace, you must take the following steps: 

  • Locate the metal studs, make sure that they’re symmetrical and no more than 16 inches apart. 
  • With a tape measure, figure out the focal point of the mantle and mark the centerline. 
  • Mark drill holes in the center of each stud while ensuring you’ve enough height for the mantle.
  • Mark drill holes 372 mm above the previous holes. 
  • Mark drill hole in the middle of the centerline, approximately 281 mm above the original marks. 
  • Add the 3/16th bit to the drill and drill pilot holes into the studs.
  • Place A on top of CC and align the mounting holes directly over the drilled pilot holes. Put M into the pilot holes and use a socket wrench to screw them into the metal studs. 
  • Put EE flat and position holes in FF over the threaded rods. Combine the two components of K on each threaded rod, using N to tighten them securely to the front panel. 
  • Take four J and use N to secure them to the brick wallboard. 
  • Thread power cables along the bracket and secure them using N. 
  • Place BB on the back of the TV, using B, F, C, and F to secure. 
  • Carefully lay TV on ground facing downward. Attach two Is to DD and then BB.
  • Use H to attach AA to DD.
  • With the help of someone else, lift TV to the proper height and then thread the hooks through the front panel. Take a screwdriver and tighten each locking screw.  

  • Mounting TV on Brick

    There, you’ve done it! Your TV is mounted over the brick fireplace and ready to go. Now, that wasn’t so hard, was it? You now know how to mount a TV on brick. Now, you can enjoy your favorite show from the optimal viewing angle, thanks to your newly mounted TV. If you’d like to install a mantle in another location of your house, check out these benefits of an extra long arm TV wall mount.

    If you have questions or need help troubleshooting with your MI-361 Pull Down Fireplace Wall Mount, we encourage you to reach out and one of our helpful experts will be able to provide solutions about mounting your TV or to any of your other issues!


    Sources


    Mount It. MI-361 Manual. https://downloads.mount-it.com/pub/media/manuals/MI-361_manual.pdf

    Designing Vibes. How to Mount a TV Over a Brick Fireplace and Hide the Wires. https://designingvibes.com/mount-tv-brick-fireplace-hide-wires/

    Hunker. How To Install a Flat Screen TV on a Brick Wall. https://www.hunker.com/13412459/how-to-install-a-flat-screen-tv-on-a-brick-wall