If you want to conceal the wires through the wall you need to first consider few things. Generally, concealing wires In-wall over fireplace is far different than In-Wall Vertical wire concealment. And there’s much more labour involved to hide wires in-wall over fireplace and therefore you need to set your budget accordingly. And you also need to know whether or not the wires can be fished through the wall by knowing the structure of your fireplace and surrounding wall.
Usually, in a modern house or a town home, the wall is built with drywall and wooden studs around the Gas burning fireplace and you can fish the wires though the wall in most cases. But if you got a Wood burning fireplace that is usually found in older homes then the wall is most likely built with bricks around the fireplace and you won’t be able to fish the wires through.
If you live in a newer house or townhouse and want to mount your TV over Gas fireplace on the main floor and if your basement is unfinished, then wires can be fished from above the fireplace, down to the basement and then fish the wires back up to the main floor through a wall and come out where your components are going to be placed. But if your basement is finished, then the drywall would have to be cut open in order to drill through every single stud to feed wires through the studs horizontally across the wall and then fish them down near by the baseboard where your components will be placed.
Below is general list of things required for in-wall wire concealment
- Wall structure that has cavity behind the wall where cables can be fished through such as drywall with wooden studs or drywall with metal studs.
- Electrical outlet or Bridge-Style Power kit above the fireplace where it would end up behind the TV
- Electrical outlet by where the components will be placed
- If you have cable or satellite box then Coax jack is necessary where the cable box or satellite box will be placed (if you have wireless Bell Fibe TV Box or Rogers Ignite Box then this is not necessary)
- In-Wall Fire-Rated cables such as FT4/FT6/CL2/CL3/CMG/CMR/CMP rated HDMI cable long enough to reach from the TV to your components.
Pictures below show examples of TV wall mount installation over fireplace with wires concealed behind the wall. If your TV is to be mounted on a main floor of a newer house and if the basement is unfinished then basement can be used to route the wires over across the room. If your basement is finished then fishing wires horizontally across the wall will require cutting the drywall to drill through every single stud to the point where the cables need to come out as there are studs in the wall usually 16″ apart.
The installation below was performed in a house that is less than 15 years old and the basement was unfinished.
Figure 1 shows an electrical outlet installed above the fireplace. You can see 2 x 25ft CL2 FT4 in-wall fire rated 22AWG HDMI cables fished down from the wall over the fireplace, down to the basement and back up to the cabinet on the right side of the fireplace.
Figure 2 below shows the 2 HDMI cables running through the joists across in the basement.
Figure 3 shows HDMI cables that are fished back up from the basement to inside the cabinet next to the fireplace. Electrical outlet and a Coax cable jack already existed inside the cabinet. Rogers HD cable box is sitting inside the cabinet instead of sitting on one of the shelves above due to the depth of the Rogers box making it overhang on the shelf above if it was placed there.
Figure 4 shows an IR (Infrared) repeater installed to be used to control the Rogers cable box as it’s hidden away inside the cabinet.
Figure 5 is the final look of the TV wall mount installation with in-wall wire concealment over fireplace. This client wanted to keep the Blu-ray player easily accessible by leaving it on a shelf above the cabinet.
Figure 6 is another similar installation like the scenario 1 shown above. TV is mounted over the fireplace and HDMI cables were fished down to the basement and then back up to the cabinet next to the fireplace. Components are hidden inside the cabinet to the left of the fireplace and there were electrical outlet and a cable jack already in place in the cabinet.
Figure 6-1 is another example of a very similar installation to scenario 1 shown above.
Figure 7 shows a TV mounted over the fireplace and wires are concealed behind the wall. Low voltage cables were fished from back of the TV, down to the basement, crossing over through the joists in the basement then fished back up to the adjacent wall on the left. 25ft 22AWG CL2 FT4 in-wall / fire-rated cables were used.
Figure 8 shows a 60″ Samsung LED TV that’s wider than the width of the recessed nook over the fireplace. So an articulating bracket was used to bring the TV just in front of the nook and a component shelf was installed behind the TV to facilitate the Bell Fibe TV box hidden away. An IR repeater was installed to control the Bell box.
Examples shown below are much more cost effective option to conceal/manage wires On-Wall using wire raceway.
Figure 9 shows the view looking straight at 70″ Sharp TV mounted over fireplace. Wires are concealed On-Wall, using wire raceway and runs around the fireplace and over to the right where the component stand is located to facilitate a Bell satellite box and PS3 game console.
Figure 9-1 shows the view from the right.
Figure 9-2 shows the view from the left.
Figure 9-3 is the view from the stairs.
Figure 10 is another installation which is very similar to figure 9 shown above.
Figure 11 shows a Samsung 55″ LED mounted over fireplace. There’s also a sound bar sitting on the mantle. There’s a wire raceway running down from the TV, running towards the left side of the fireplace and down running down to where the component stand is located.