May 18, 2009 at 3:53 am #132
I got my system hooked up and the wife loves it but she said to me "you got to do something about that ugly wire hanging from the ceiling". I ran the speaker wire up and over to my surround sound speakers so what is the best way to cover them up so it looks decent. I even thought about buying new wire and running it along the base of the wall then up to my speakers. Any ideas? I been searching on the net for covers for speaker wire but have not had much luck finding anything.May 18, 2009 at 5:47 am #919
[quote user="David"]I got my system hooked up and the wife loves it but she said to me "you got to do something about that ugly wire hanging from the ceiling". I ran the speaker wire up and over to my surround sound speakers so what is the best way to cover them up so it looks decent. I even thought about buying new wire and running it along the base of the wall then up to my speakers. Any ideas? I been searching on the net for covers for speaker wire but have not had much luck finding anything.
They make flat speaker that can go behind floor molding or can be attached to the wall and painted to match.
CheersMay 18, 2009 at 8:02 am #1098
This is the flat wire that dave was talking about. I saw these guys at CES this year and was blown away. They design the packages for DIY as opposed to professional installers so if you know how to use tape, mud, and paint, you should be able to pull this off. I have no affiliation with this company whatsoever…just happens that my first post is a product endorsement.
I had this problem in my house (no WAF, just personal) and I initially solved it by basically having a giant area rug on the floor between my A/V stand and the couch covering my surround wires. That was annoying so I just pulled the trigger and ran wiring through the attic, but in a situation where that is impractical/impossible I would have definitely gone with the flatwire.
Also you mentioned running wire along the baseboard. I've found that this works generally if you have carpet and at least one continuous wall. When I was in this situation (apartment), I ran it along the baseboards and was able to actually push it under the baseboards using a plastic putty knife (you could use anything flat as long as it won't damage the wire).
Hope this helps!May 18, 2009 at 8:29 am #1123
If everything is on the same wall this is a fairly easy problem to resolve.
You can buy a channel that has double stick tape (they range in size from about 1/4" and up). You'd install that channel above or on your baseboard; it depends on what it looks like. Make sure you put a piece of string or the wire in the channel before you stick it to the wall so you don't have to fish it later. Most home improvement stores sell the channel. Most of the channels are plastic and can be painted.
When you get to the point where you want to go up, simply punch a small hole in the drywall at the channel and another behind the speaker. Then tie a nail (because it's small) to a string and drop it down the hole and fish it out of the bottom. Use the string to pull the wire up to the speaker and attach it. If you need to make a bigger holes that's not a problem. You can cover them up with wall plates and no one will ever see them.
This is exactly how you'd hook up a flat screen TV on the wall and hide the cables except the holes would obviously be bigger for the TV.
I've used the flat speaker wire in the past. It works fine but (there's always a but!) it's a bit pricey and I had to feather it out with drywall compound and repaint to truly hide it.
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