Steps in Putting Speaker Cables Behind the Walls

Home theater systems are becoming popular today, and most homeowners would want to have good quality ones. However, a problem with these systems, as well as their high cost, is the cable clutter. When you have multiple cables connecting devices in the living room or bedroom, the result is an ugly twisting of cables. The…

Home theater systems are becoming popular today, and most homeowners would want to have good quality ones. However, a problem with these systems, as well as their high cost, is the cable clutter. When you have multiple cables connecting devices in the living room or bedroom, the result is an ugly twisting of cables. The solution is to fish the cables through the wall. This sounds a bit daunting, but it is the only way to keep those HDMI or speaker cables from running around on the floor and making a mess.

Installing cables into walls can be a tough task, but it can be done with simple tools. Here are some things that you will need:

1. Drill
2. Drywall saw
3. Screw driver
4. Glow rods
5. Electric tape
6. Level
7. Stud finder
8. Mounting bracket

The mounting bracket is an essential component of in-wall cable installation. It is important in two ways. First, it prevails the dry wall from breaking. Second, it serves as a place for the wall plate to be mounted.

In-wall speaker wire installation depends on the wall structure. However, general home installations of cables proceed as follows:

1. Get the stud finder and use it to mark four holes on two favorite spots on the wall. Then use it to find locations of the fire block behind the wall. Ideally, wall plates have to be mounted on parts of the wall where there is no fire block.

2. Use the drywall saw to cut the part of the wall you marked earlier. You should be coming up with two rectangular holes on the wall where you will insert the cables. Do this carefully to avoid destroying the wall or making a larger hole than intended.

3. When the holes are done, the mounting brackets can now be fitted. The sides of the mounting bracket should sit on the drywall. Once fitted correctly, you may now screw them firmly on the wall.

4. Use a glow rod to insert the cables into the holes and through the wall. Tape the edge of the cable to the edge of the glow rod, and then use it to direct the cable through the wall and to the second bracket. The cables can then be attached to the wall mounts, which in turn will be fitted on the wall. If you encounter a fire block along the way, proceed to number 5.

5. To allow the cable to pass through the fire block, locate the fire block using the stud finder and make a neat square hole cut above it. Then drill a hole through the fire block just big enough for the cables to pass through. Seal the hole on the fire block with an approved sealant. Return to the piece of drywall you cut earlier, and then patch it. Finally, run the cables to the second bracket as mentioned in step 4.

Be reminded that your country may have specific fire block regulations. Ask your local Fire department before you do anything to the fire block.

If these steps are way beyond your ability, consider asking help from a professional service.