I’m renovating an old house and I plan on mounting the 42 inch lcd television over the fireplace. The house studs are mostly on 2 foot centers and are rough cut 2x6. However around the fireplace there is a cripple stud in the center and a stud on each side of the mantle. These studs are around 32 inches apart. The wallboard is old and flimsy so hollow-wall anchors are not an option. At this point I have 2 ideas:
Run 1x4s or 2x4s across all 3 studs and mount the television on that.
Get a single stud mount and hang the tv on the cripple stud in the center. I just feel wary about a single stud mount.
Anyone have experience with this problem? Suggestions? If it matters the fireplace is not usable.