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Running power cable to AV closet


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#1 of 4 OFFLINE   AVsnow

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Posted April 27 2012 - 05:13 PM

OK- My new house will have an AV closet directly behind the wall where my LCD will be on. I plan on building a small pass through window (4"x4") to run the power and AV cables to the closet. I plan on framing it with 1x4's, patching the dry wall and painting (Think of a large pass through window that you would build between a kitchen and a dinning room.... only inches instead of feet}. My question is, will this be up to code. I'm assuming it will be, as I will not be passing cables or power through the cavity of the wall, but I'm not 100% sure. Thanks for any help.

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Posted April 28 2012 - 12:30 AM

As long as you are not changing the original structure you should be ok. So as long as you are not cutting or removing wall studs or parts of them, it should be fine. Of coarse I wouldn't make such a large opening. I would just get a 3 or 4 inch diameter hole saw bit for a drill and make a hole right in both sides of the wall. Of coarse making sure there are no electrical wires or plumbing in there first. Then Get a 4 inch section of 3 or 4inch diameter pvc pipe (depending on hole size) and bridge the connection between the walls. Glue the pvc pipe in place and it would be good to go. But I guess it depends on how many cables you are running.

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Posted April 28 2012 - 01:08 PM

Cool! That was actually my next question. So running PVC pipe between the wall will be up to code? Even with the TV power cable going through it? That is definitely a better option for me. Thank you!

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Posted April 28 2012 - 09:07 PM

yeah, I think it would be code. Especially since the pvc creates a completely sealed channel for the wires to go through. It keeps it isolated from wall cavity and insulation if it has any. But since it is interior wall it probably won't have insulation. Power cables shouldn't be an issue either since they are already protected by their own sheathing. As long as they are not frayed or any bare wires exposed you should be fine. Glad to have helped you out, hope it goes well.




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