Newb question; how to hide wires

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  1. Brian.S

    Brian.S Auditioning

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    I am about to move to a new rent house(so I can't do much if any drilling) and I was wondering how can I wire my surround speakers so they are not in the floor tripping ppl and generaly being irritating. I am sure this is an obvious answer but I have lived in an apartment w/ my system until now so I didn't have any options of drilling at all until now. The surrounds will not be against a wall anywhere most likely and be mounted on floor stands. I belive there is a large window preventing and wall mounting otherwise I am guessing that would be the best rount. Thank you very much for all your help!

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  2. Tim K

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    buy some of those little cable tacks or whatever they are called. They are U-shaped plastic with a little nail on one side. Just tack a few along the baseboard molding to hold the wires out of the way.
     
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    If the floor is carpeted, you can tuck the wiring between the carpet and baseboard.
     
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    YOu can also go along the tops of the baseboards and the door frames (if necessary) and hide the cables using black electrical tape. You can also buy paintable tape.




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    Or you can pull up the carpet along the walls & run the wire next to the tack strip. Then run it to the location of your floor stands & poke it through a pea sized hole in the carpet.
     
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    Can you put them in the attic? and have the cables coming out of power outlets?
     
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    Moving to Construction/Interiors.
     
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  9. Brian.S

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    Thanks for the help but here is my problem, my rear speakers are not on a side wall and any day now I will be recieving my new monster 14ga cable and I am afraid that will be too large to go under the carpet, here is a diagram of my setup:

    ~ = Walls @ = TV and reciever # = Couch !! = Rear Speakers . = floor


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    You see there are open walkways near both of the speakers(and the RL speaker is 6-7ft from the wall) so it is impossible to go against the wall and my townhome is 2 stories so there is no attic or way to go through the celing. This is going to be a bigger problem in a couple days when I get my new 14ga wire. I really need to find some way to get these wire out of the way, any ideas? Thanks in advance!

    -Brian
     
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    In your situation, if I read your diagram right, I would recommend this:

    Use "FLAT SPEAKER WIRE" (Monster, since you like that brand) under the carpet from the receiver to the back wall. Terminate at a wall plate behind the couch. Use your 14ga wire from the wall plate to the speakers.
     

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