Pre-wiring for 7.1 - but how do I hide it?

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  1. Patrick.C

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    I'm currently set up for 6.1 and am going to pre-wire for 7.1 before I hang the drywall. For those that have done this, how can I hide (or cap) the holes in the drywall for the 7.1 left/right rears while I use the 6.1 center rear? I was thinking about trying to find some of those plastic grommet/cap combos like you see in a desk where there's a hole for wiring but I would like to explore other options.
     
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    I just did my 7.1 wire run on my HT, I went to lowes and bought some small (not as deep as normal outlet boxes) plastic outlet boxes, then capped them off with white (or ?) blank covers. About $3 per wire for both items. I can email you pics of the boxes if you like...I noticed they even have plates with small round holes in them too.
     
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    Thanks Todd - yes, if you could post some pictures that would be great.
     
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    Just coil and secure some extra wire in the wall where the speakers will be mounted. Take measurements, write down the locations and just drywall over top. Poke holes in the drywall and retrieve the wire when you are ready. Be sure to add any extra bracing you might need to mount the speakers while the wall is opened up.

    -Dave
     
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    Patrick,
    Sorry for the delay...
    Plastic box apx 1" deep purchased @ my local Lowes, apx $1 or less.
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    With cover for future 7.1 needs
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    With cover and wire coming out for 6.1
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    Myself being a bit more meticulous on things did this

    http://www.4wsp.com/PIC-4.htm
    not something that has to be done, but I never have to worry about having enough wire coiled in the wall to pull out, and I never have to worry about replacing a wire should it somehow get damaged while in the wall.
     
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    another option is to go ahead and put the speaker binding post plates up instead of the blanks. At least do that when you finish out.

    It's just a pair of 5 way binding posts in a plate. Check out partsexpress.com for examples.
     
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    As a matter of fact, I just added binding posts plates to all of my outlets, very simple to do, about $7 each for a single. [​IMG]
     
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    How do you plan to place your rear 4 speakers?
     
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    Not trying to be a jerk, but I really don't understand why people use those binding post plates. By doing so you create a bunch of extra connections, and it sure isn't a very stealth way of wiring the speakers. They stick out like a sore thumb. Not to mention the added cost. A blank plate with a single grommet hole will be much cleaner looking. Or you could go even smaller and use a blank recessed jack cup with a single grommet hole. What's the attraction?

    -Dave
     
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    I agree with Dave. Between the extra cost, extra connections and when the speaker is in it looks messier. It's one more place where things can get screwed up.

    To answer Patrick's original question, Liberty cable makes a product called EZ-cap that should fit the bill:

    https://secure.libertycable.com/orde...e.php?group=30
     
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    Hang a picture over it until you get your speakers in.
     

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