speaker wire placment

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Matt Weldy, Oct 22, 2002.

  1. Matt Weldy

    Matt Weldy Second Unit

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    Because of a pipe running through what is supposed to be a hollow wall. I had to drop the speaker wire through the ceiling in the adjacent utility room. Where the speaker wall falls is right beside the water heater. I have the wire tacked as far away from the heater as I can but it cant me more 8 to 10 inches away. What I am wondering is if the water heater will put out enough heat to hurt or melt the speaker wire. It is not inwall wire its just the 12 ga stuff from home depot. Thanks for your help just dont want my theater to burn down my house.
     
  2. John F. Palacio

    John F. Palacio Supporting Actor

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    As a rule, water heaters have warning labels that specify how far to place it from flamable materials. Whatever that distance is, you should be able to place the wire there without fear of it melting.

    8 inches away is probably enough.

    For your piece of mind, evem if it melts the wire, it should not ignite it. If this still worries you, get some electrical flex-tubing and run the wire inside it where it comes close to the WH.

    Regards
     

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