In-Wall connectors and conduit.

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  1. FranklinD

    FranklinD Stunt Coordinator

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    I'm toying with the idea of using in-wall speaker connectors without going in the wall. I want to use conduit on the outside wall(to hide wires) and build boxes for the in-wall panels(speaker terminals) ON the actual wall. I figure that this would offer the same advantages of an in-wall installation without making big holes in my wall. I still want to keep it as disguised and low-key as possible. Has anyone done something similar before?
    I guess I should use something like this: http://www.lenexpo-electronics.com/products/d_256.jpg

    But is it possible to use actual speaker terminals: http://i5.ebayimg.com/03/i/000/8e/64/cab1_1.JPG

    This is probably a bit silly. Heh.. Thanks.
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  2. headknocker

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    You may want to check out your local Home Depot or do a search online for "raceway wiring".

    http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...atalogId=10053

    I have the wiring for my rear surrounds behind the baseboard and routed into the nearby closet. From that point it goes up through the ceiling and into the attic for my in-ceiling surrounds. I bought one of the WireMold systems from Home Depot to cover the wiring in the closet. I bought the plastic version but there's also a metal version.

    http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...ctId=100657473

    I also bought a metal receptacle box(which is mounted to the baseboard behind the entertainment center) to mount the faceplate for the banana plug/binding posts. It came out great....even my wife was impressed [​IMG]

    http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...10000003+90015
     
  3. FranklinD

    FranklinD Stunt Coordinator

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    Can you upload some pictures?
    Do I really need to use metal receptacle boxes for this? I was going to make small wooden enclosures just big enough to affix the binding post face-plates.
    I guess using speaker cabinet terminals(see attachment) isn't really a good idea? I know it's not made for this but isn't it the same principle? Or maybe not?
    Thanks for the suggestions!
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  4. headknocker

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    Sorry, no pics as my digi camera is on the fritz right now.

    Like you, I was gonna make my own receptacle boxes with wood but then I saw the boxes(they come in metal or plastic) at HomeDepot when I went there looking for raceway wiring. They come in three different depths. I needed something to give me more space behind the terminal so I went with the 1 3/4" D version.
     
  5. Philip Hamm

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    I'm sure that if you want to build to code you will need the metal boxes. Also, be sure to use in-wall rated speaker wire in the raceway.

    Reminds me of the electricity in my family's mid-19th century house which has external wires in metal sleves and external boxes for all lights and outlets.
     

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