Running speaker wire in walls...how??

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  1. Mike_T_

    Mike_T_ Stunt Coordinator

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    I'm moving into a new house soon, with a finished basement. The ceiling isn't a drop so I won't have the luxury of running the wires up top. How can you run speaker wire from one end of the room to the other without it being seen? Under carpet? I'd hate to have to pull it up like that in fear I'd mess it up...

    Thanks!
     
  2. LewB

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    What does the transition from the wall to the floor look like? Is it covered with wood molding ? If so, you could pry the molding away from the wall by carefully using a small pry bar or sturdy spackling knife. Stash the wires in the space between where the wall ends and the floor begins. Then re-install the molding.
     
  3. Chris Quinn

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    Do you have baseboards that you can pry off and run it behind? Otherwise, I've heard of using conduit in an obvious manner as "structural" kind of look. Kind of like ducting in a warehouse loft look.
     
  4. Ron Boster

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    Mike:

    Some great How-to articles in the Home Theater Builder Magazine this month with step by step process of running speaker wire. You should grab a copy...

    Ron
     
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    "Home Theater BUILDER" magazine?
    I didnt know one existed.. gonna go try to look it up..
     
  6. Mike_T_

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    Cool, I'll have to pick it up.

    The walls are dry-wall, finished, painted and rock solid! The carpet meets the wall under a baseboard. I could hopefully try and tuck the wire under there, but when you run two surrounds, and two more rear centers, that's 4 thick runs of wire and there's no way I'm tucking all of that.

    I wonder what a lot of us do in this situation. Each basement is unique, but I wonder what an installer would do if they were hired to install my home theater. There HAS to be some kind of industry standard in this situation..
     
  7. Chris Quinn

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    How about some chair rail? Run a router down the back and create a channel for your wire.
     
  8. PaulT

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    I've done what Chris suggested only with the Baseboard itself.

    A routed channel down the inside centre fits 1x14ga on each side of the room. Depending on the size of the Baseboard, I suspect 2 runs of wire on each side would fit.
     
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