Wire under carpet

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  1. Ken Leggatt

    Ken Leggatt Stunt Coordinator

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    Hi,
    I just moved into a new rental place and do not want to put holes in the walls big enough to mount my Klipsch RS-3's properly. So to get around this problem I ran my 12 gauge Home Depot wire under the carpet. The previous tenants cat clawed a small hole by one of the doors and I pulled up one corner and ran the wire under between the opening of the door in the room. The question is this, will this be dangerous? Can a fire be caused or the amplifier be damaged? Please let me know if it will!
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    If your not exposing any bare wire it shouldn't be an issue.

    Patrick
     
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    If enough wear & tear caused (by walking over the cord) removed all of the insulation, you'd have a problem, but I'd be more worried about people tripping over the 'bump' in it first. Just route it under furniture and tell your friends where the bump is.

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    Can an exposed speaker wire cause a fire?!?! I guess it makes sense, I just never thought of it! Can you get electrocuted by exposed speaker wire? Does the volume need to be turned up?

    As I said, I never really considered it!

    P.
     
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    As far as I know, speaker wires run under carpet do not pose a fire or electrocution hazard but...
    The speaker wires could fray as people walk on the carpet, causing a short circuit that could fry the amp.
    The louder the sound, the more current is going throught he speaker wire.
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    Ken,

    I did the very same thing in my HT. My left main speaker was on the other side of a doorway, and I pulled a hunkin’ 12ga. wire under the carpet. It is barely noticeable (we have a thick pile rug). The only way you can feel it underfoot is if you aren’t wearing shoes. It's been in place 13 years, no problems.

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    My rear left speaker wire is under wall-to-wall industrial carpeting with underpadding. You can see and feel the bump, but even when stepping on it, it doesn't go anywhere and doesn't appear to be wearing down.

    Whatever you do, DON'T EVER RUN ELECTRICAL WIRE UNDER A CARPET! At 120 volts, a short can start a pretty bad fire.
     
  8. Ken Leggatt

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    Thanks for all you input. I think that I will leave the wire where it is!
     

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