In about a month, I'll be moving into a new home. The living room in the house features a stone fireplace above which is the only place I can really keep my TV. My problem is that I do not want to drill a mount into the masonry, but I'm not comfortable just placing the TV up on the mantle either. The mantle is fairly deep (approx 10"), and the current owner has theirs just sitting their as you can see below, but I'm not really willing to just set mine up there. I have friends with kids, and friends who act like kids, so it would only be a matter of time. So my questions:
1 - Has anyone seen or heard of a way to safely mount a TV to the mantle itself? My concerns with this are that I have had this TV wall mounted since the day I bought it and don't really know how top heavy it is on its base. I'd think this has been done, but my Google searches have come up empty.
2 - Has anyone mounted a TV into stone or brick? My concerns here are that this is real masonry and it would obviously impact the resale value down the road. Not only that it would require some tools I do not have.
Unfortunately, the wall to the left of the picture is a large patio door, which takes that wall out and would produce a glare on the wall to the right... so I'm left without much of an option. So... any ideas?