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#1 of 15 todbnla

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Posted December 04 2004 - 11:42 PM

I am about to this stage of the project so, What in-wall speaker wire is everyone running?

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#2 of 15 Frank Zimkas

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Posted December 05 2004 - 12:10 AM

Home Depot 14 ga stranded copper.

#3 of 15 ScottATL

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Posted December 05 2004 - 01:11 AM

Monster CI Pro, 14 guage. $80 for a 500 foot spool, seemed the way to go.

#4 of 15 Demetrius

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Posted December 05 2004 - 07:38 AM

Genesis 12Ga 500ft less than $100 per roll.
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#5 of 15 SteveLeach

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Posted December 06 2004 - 08:00 AM

PartsExpress 100-770 14 GA 4 COND, a 500' reel for ~$170.00.
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#6 of 15 Kevin Deacon

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Posted December 16 2004 - 06:38 AM

Better make sure that what you use is up to electrical code. If your house burns down you may have issues with the insurance company. Home Depot sells grey wire specifically for this purpose and it meets code.

#7 of 15 chris_everett

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Posted December 16 2004 - 08:59 AM

Low voltage wire (including speaker cable)should not have any code issues unless:
1. You are running it in a plenum (air return), improbable in residential construction.
2. You have a very draconian building code.
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#8 of 15 Kevin Deacon

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Posted December 17 2004 - 12:50 AM

Chris, I point out this issue since some people don't know what their building codes are. I would hate to see someone get burned (pun not intended) by their insurance co because they didn't hire licensed people. I won't take the chance.

#9 of 15 Rutgar

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Posted December 17 2004 - 03:50 AM

Like Steve, I ran the stuff from Parts Express. Except, I ran the 2 conductor 12 Ga stuff, which is $98.00 for 500 ft.

http://www.partsexpr....number=100-742

#10 of 15 David WS

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Posted December 17 2004 - 05:06 AM

I used CL3 (in wall rated) 14 gauge 4 conductor (when twisted together = 11 gauge) from here. Home Theater Direct
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Posted December 17 2004 - 09:07 AM

Home Depot 12ga zip cord. They don't carry 12ga anymore only 14ga here in north Texas.
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#12 of 15 todbnla

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Posted December 18 2004 - 02:52 AM

What do you guys think about this?
14/2 in wall cable @ Home Depot, HD Internet p/n 162793
BICC 500ft, Store SKU 382777

Found on the HD website..
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#13 of 15 Mike Gariepy

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Posted December 18 2004 - 12:54 PM

In the case of speaker wire, I would think that the low-voltage aspect of it is not an issue so much as the materials used to make the outer jacket.

If you use wiring that has jacketing that is not rated for in-wall use, you're essentially installing a really long fuse in your wall. Should a fire break out near your equipment (electrical for example), the fire may spread to other parts of the room/house quicker if you've got flammable speaker wire running all over the place. Try cutting off a small piece of you wire and setting fire to it outside and see what happens. :-)

Here's a link to a PDF which discusses warious types of in-wall wiring.

http://akamaipix.cru....les/Wiring.pdf

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#14 of 15 Adam Gregorich

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Posted December 18 2004 - 01:02 PM

Liberty cable 12/4: https://secure.liber....e.php?group=46
I also ran both 12/4 and coax to sub locations so I could go with internal or external amp'd subs.

#15 of 15 Jared_Thomas

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Posted January 03 2005 - 08:42 AM

I know the thread is a bit old, but does anyone have any experience with the 14ga in wall speaker wire at partsexpress.com that goes for $13.80 for 100'? Since I will probably only be in the current house for about another year or two, I'm not too concerned about high quality stuff.