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Topic # 191911 20-Feb-2016 11:07
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I need to run speaker cables along the top of the skirting board to keep them away from the vacuum cleaner, any suggestions?


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  Reply # 1496157 20-Feb-2016 11:38
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How big are the speaker cables?

 

Size can vary from skinny bell wire (yuk) to cables the size of a hose-pipe  smile

 

A photo would be helpful.





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  Reply # 1496160 20-Feb-2016 11:42
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They are pretty skinny, its not a very fancy system. Maybe I should invest in some good cable as well?


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  Reply # 1496161 20-Feb-2016 11:48
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Is there carpet?  If so just lift the edge and tuck them in underneath the carpet right at the edge.




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  Reply # 1496162 20-Feb-2016 11:50
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Cant do that, its glued down.


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  Reply # 1496165 20-Feb-2016 11:57
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As  general guide, spend about 10% of your hi-fi budget on cables.

 

Who needs expensive audio cables?

"If the speaker wire packaging lists a "gauge," 12 to 20 gauge would be fine; the higher the number, the skinnier the cable's metal conductors will be.
So 12 or 14 gauge might be too thick to squeeze into the speaker and receiver's connecting holes, but if you need to run long lengths, more than 25 feet, go for the thicker stuff.
Trim away enough strands at each end to squeeze the remaining strands into the connectors' holes."





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  Reply # 1496222 20-Feb-2016 13:38
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If you can see it, get capping. There is some reasonable options at bunnings to hide speaker cables in the electrical area. Then you can paint it the same as the wall or baseboard and it will "disappear"





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  Reply # 1496292 20-Feb-2016 15:25
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peejayw:

 

Cant do that, its glued down.

 

 

There's normally a small gap between the skirting board and where the carpet is attached to a thin wooden trim which is the same thickness or a bit less than the underlay.  So you can use a knife or similar and just lift it right by the skirting board, creating a small gap, tuck the cable down into the gap and the carpet sits back down on top.  I've never seen carpet laid any other way, although I suppose it's possible.




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  Reply # 1496294 20-Feb-2016 15:27
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Ok, will get out the knife and start poking :-)

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  Reply # 1496296 20-Feb-2016 15:31
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As  general guide, spend about 10% of your hi-fi budget on cables.


Who needs expensive audio cables?

"If the speaker wire packaging lists a "gauge," 12 to 20 gauge would be fine; the higher the number, the skinnier the cable's metal conductors will be.
So 12 or 14 gauge might be too thick to squeeze into the speaker and receiver's connecting holes, but if you need to run long lengths, more than 25 feet, go for the thicker stuff.
Trim away enough strands at each end to squeeze the remaining strands into the connectors' holes."

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  Reply # 1496341 20-Feb-2016 16:27
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MadEngineer:

 

fail

 

Totally. Put a damn plug on the cable that will fit the terminals.





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  Reply # 1536111 19-Apr-2016 22:49
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For aesthetics, I would agree with the suggestions of capping/plastic trunking and tucking under the carpet as suggested above.

 

 

 

For a slightly less aesthetically pleasing result you could also try these:

 

http://www.bunnings.co.nz/zone-cable-management-clip-10mm-flat-white-20pk_p00208389

 

Available in difference sizes to suit your wire gauge. Black option available in certain sizes too.

 

 


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