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Is it safe to cut through the 6x4" above my corner fireplace mantel?

Is it safe to cut through the 6x4" above my corner fireplace mantel?


Old 12-03-17, 07:17 PM
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Is it safe to cut through the 6x4" above my corner fireplace mantel?

I have posted the following album of images in an effort to describe my situation. There is a 6x4 running the length above my fireplace mantel, and I am wary of cutting through it to install a recessed TV mount I have purchased:

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The wall does not appear to be load bearing, because from the attic I can peer down on the other side of the mantel down to the fireplace brickwork. Looking for advice from people on what the risk is of cutting through this beam.

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Old 12-03-17, 07:56 PM
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This also suggests that the 6x4 is for for protection, and not load bearing.
Protection of what ?

Is it a solid piece of wood 4" x 6" ?
Is there a chimney to the roof there ?
I'm trying to figure out what it could possibly be for.
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How did you determine there is a 4x6 in the wall behind the drywall?
Old 12-04-17, 09:21 AM
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I looked at the pictures of the inside of the wall. I would not cut through that beam. It's probably some type of cantilevered beam to hold up the outside corner of the fireplace wall.
There are other types of mounts. I have an articulating mount that hugs the wall pretty close.
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