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Topic # 97156 12-Feb-2012 10:49
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Morning all,

What are the rules with running cables through your walls to the TV.  I want to create a system in the wall while the Jib is off where I can easily run cables from the tv cabinet up the wall to the TV.  The reason I plan to have a pipe type system with face plates at either end that cables go up.  I in no way plan to send power/extension cords up here, I will get a powerpoint for the TV wired in by an electrician.   I plan to eventually run multiple HD cables, Cat5e. 

First off is there any way this would be considered illegal?

Are there any rules about my plan that I need to be aware of?

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  Reply # 580425 12-Feb-2012 10:55
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Just be aware of how much wood you can remove from your studs/dwangs to allow for this.  You may need to run several smaller conduit pipes rather than just one big one.  Those bits of wood are doing a task within the wall, you can't gouge too much out of there!  Wink

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  Reply # 580471 12-Feb-2012 12:33
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Yeah, biggest issue is HDMI cables, you need a 25mm hole (32mm is absolute max I recommend you only go to 25mm) to get the connectors through and you cannot easily do it blind (or with draw wire) so I recommend that you pull 3x HDMI 2m cables in now and a couple of runs goes for cat5e and an RG6, and manybe a component+L&R run, you will get all that includig the HDMI's through 2x 25mm holes, then a 25mm conduit with draw wire for anything your forgotten.

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  Reply # 580476 12-Feb-2012 13:06
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Jaxson: Just be aware of how much wood you can remove from your studs/dwangs to allow for this.  You may need to run several smaller conduit pipes rather than just one big one.  Those bits of wood are doing a task within the wall, you can't gouge too much out of there!  Wink


I'd put a 100mm plastic down pipe/conduit in from floor to ceiling so you can pull what ever cables in you like at a later point.

So, as Jaxson points out above, chat with your builder about this so you put bracing in so you don't weaken the wall.

I'm looking at the same issues.  I've got concrete block walls and I want to bury the cables out of sight but looking at how much block I need to cut out concerns me a just a little.






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  Reply # 580483 12-Feb-2012 13:21
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First, I have moved this topic to the appropriate Home Theatre forum.

Second, there's a topic exactly on this subject already there.

Could people please post in correct forums, and check that there isn't a discussion on this already? If you are a new user I'd understand, but not from someone with more than 600 posts around here.







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  Reply # 580486 12-Feb-2012 13:45
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freitasm: First, I have moved this topic to the appropriate Home Theatre forum.

Second, there's a topic exactly on this subject already there.

Could people please post in correct forums, and check that there isn't a discussion on this already? If you are a new user I'd understand, but not from someone with more than 600 posts around here.



 

Apologies, it was less about mounting a TV and more about the legalities/practicalities of running wires behind plaster board hence the reason it was placed in off topic



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  Reply # 580488 12-Feb-2012 13:47
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Thanks for the replies, will do the multiple smaller runs then!

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  Reply # 580489 12-Feb-2012 13:50
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DonGould: I've got concrete block walls and I want to bury the cables out of sight but looking at how much block I need to cut out concerns me a just a little.





Fake wall brother.  Mount the TV on the block work wall and then use 4x2's to create a frame around it and cover with Gib.  Cables then get hidden in the cavity you've created between real wall and your new fake one.  TV looks inset into the wall too, very flush and looks the business.

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  Reply # 580504 12-Feb-2012 15:14
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Jaxson:  Fake wall brother.  Mount the TV on the block work wall and then use 4x2's to create a frame around it and cover with Gib.  Cables then get hidden in the cavity you've created between real wall and your new fake one.  TV looks inset into the wall too, very flush and looks the business.


Nice!

Like that idea very much.  Actually kills a number of birds with one stone that idea as the wall is a bit damp and cold.






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  Reply # 580535 12-Feb-2012 16:43
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Jaxson:
DonGould: I've got concrete block walls and I want to bury the cables out of sight but looking at how much block I need to cut out concerns me a just a little.





Fake wall brother.  Mount the TV on the block work wall and then use 4x2's to create a frame around it and cover with Gib.  Cables then get hidden in the cavity you've created between real wall and your new fake one.  TV looks inset into the wall too, very flush and looks the business.


I agree with this :)
Done the same with a gib channel, running in a straight line behind my TV cabinet.  Tidies all the cables away nicely, and most people can't tell where the cables are 




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  Reply # 580546 12-Feb-2012 17:40
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Actually kills a number of birds with one stone that idea as the wall is a bit damp and cold.


Don make sure you have some damp treatment applied at the time, there are paint on rubber sealers, but you should also check what may need to happen to the outside surface as well as inside.

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  Reply # 580680 13-Feb-2012 09:33
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freitasm: Just be careful... It looks great on the other side, but on the back:



Thats priceless!
I even love the way that door is going to fling open and whack the monster TV! 




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