running speaker wires- your opinion

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  1. Philip_G

    Philip_G Producer

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    I keep going back and forth on this, in my new house I'll have to run wires to my speakers, I can either cut the wall, put in old work boxes and terminal plates, and run the wires up the wall, through the top plate, through the attic, and back down, or I can get a fish tape and try to fish them under the carpet. Option B is much cheaper, and easier considering I'm 6'3 and not very graceful... not a good combo for trying to walk around on the trusses in the attic [​IMG]

    So I'm leaning towards B at the moment, I'm sure a bunch have been there before, maybe you could offer some insight.
     
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    How long do you plan to use the wiring? If long term, I'd take the extra effort and run the wires through the wall. I've found that I'm much happier with speaker wires that are completely out of sight. When I've run wires under carpet or taken similar short cuts, I always see them (even if no one else can) and it bugs me.
     
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    Probably as long as I live there. The rear will be on a stand so it can run up the stand, I don't know if you can see or feel the wire under the carpet or padding or not.
     
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    I had a 12-gauge cable speaker cable across an doorway in my old place and it wasn’t noticeable unless I didn’t have shoes on, and even then, barely. You could use flat speaker wire and I imagine you’d never know it was there.

    The main thing you have to worry about is snagging the pad and getting it all bunched up under the carpet. If that happens you probably have no option but to pull it up and re-lay.

    Here are a few of old posts of mine with tips on pulling wire under carpet. Maybe they’ll be helpful.

    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...81#post1734381
    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...56#post2448356
    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...70#post2606370

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    Wayne A. Pflughaupt
     
  5. Philip_G

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    think I'll give it a shot. Too much other stuff to worry about right away to mess around in the attic.
    thanks for the links.
     
  6. DaveHo

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    I would go through the attic. Maybe Wayne's tips will help, but I've never had any luck trying to run wires under the carpet. Unless you are talking less than 5 ft, the fish tape always gets hung up, or starts heading the wrong direction for me.

    -Dave
     
  7. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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    Which is exactly why I use the stiff wire instead! [​IMG]

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    I've changed my mind about 4 times since last night, but I think you're right. I want to run under the pad because it's easy, but something tells me I won't be happy with it. So I guess attic it is, it's the right way to begin with.
     
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    I would really consider wire tracks - If I had the extra $ in my budget that is what I would have done (may still later)


    Great long term solution, especially if you ever upgrade speaker wire. Or change location of your sub, or anything else.
     
  12. Travis_R

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    I agree with Jack Ferry, since you are going to be there a while go the attic route, you will be glad later that you took the extra time
     

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