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Old 08-05-2010, 06:18 PM   #1
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When I built my house i wired for surround. Since then I've bought new speakers that had to be mounted a couple feet away from the original speakers. The speaker wire is simply sticking out of the drywall (no escutcheons or other caps since I planned on the speaker covering the protruding wire.

Having said this, my thought is to take a dremel and rout a channel from where the wire protrudes now to the new location and then patch with spackle. The channel would be deep enough to bury the wire plus 1/16 to 1/8. Is there any need to use drywall tape? Does my idea make sense?
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So you want to move the wire up to where the speaker is in that picture? If so, that's very easy. You can fish the wire behind the drywall with a coat hanger. Bring it out a new hole up behind the speaker, then use a little bit of spackle to patch the existing hole down below.

If you were looking to put the speaker to the left of right of that existing hole, then you would have to do more work since there are studs to get past.

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The problem with that is the wire is nailed to the stud right at the hole that it comes out (I had to attach it to something and towards to outside face of the stud so that the crew that hung the drywall would see it and keep from covering it up). In order to loosen it, I would have to demo a chunk of drywall, which I think would lead to a bigger repair.
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Why loosen it from the nail? Just use the long wire you now have there.

Routing a channel is kind of nuts.
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I definitely agree with Willie. Making a channel and having to repair it is a lot more work.

You can just feed the wire back in the wall. If you aren't able to do that, you can make the hole an inch bigger and use a screwdriver to loosen the staple. An inch hole is still a lot easier to fix than a 3 foot channel.

Just make sure that your splices are solid because you won't have access to them later. Do you have a soldering gun or iron? A crimper for butt connectors?
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My 2 cents... drop a wire down the wall from the new speaker location to the old location instead of trying to fish it up the wall. (outside wall may be more difficult) then cut the splice you currently have off and solder the new wire and old wire, push it all i the wall and patch it up.

Side note, make sure you attach the wire coming out of the new hole to the wall with a staple or even hot glue so if the wire is hanging loose not attached to the speaker it doesn't fall back in the wall.
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Why loosen it from the nail? Just use the long wire you now have there.

Routing a channel is kind of nuts.
It's nailed such that the wire wants to stick out of the wall. If I don't loosen it and simply try to patch over it, I expect the spackle will spall off. It's fastened with a bent over nail, so I imagine I would need a 3x3 hole for access to remove the nail and I figured patching a 3/16 channel would be easier that a 3x3 hole.
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It's nailed such that the wire wants to stick out of the wall. If I don't loosen it and simply try to patch over it, I expect the spackle will spall off. It's fastened with a bent over nail, so I imagine I would need a 3x3 hole for access to remove the nail and I figured patching a 3/16 channel would be easier that a 3x3 hole.
A round 3/4" hole is all you need to bend that nail a bit with needle nose pliers. Smear some mud over it and you're done.
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Well, let's say I bent the nail the thread it up the wall. I have another speaker wire to move and this one has to go from the South Wall to the East wall (the wire currently sticks out of the South wall near the East end).
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Well, let's say I bent the nail the thread it up the wall.
I'm not following what you're saying here.
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I have another speaker wire to move and this one has to go from the South Wall to the East wall (the wire currently sticks out of the South wall near the East end).
Do you have an attic or basement above or below this room?
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I'm not following what you're saying here.

Do you have an attic or basement above or below this room?

What I was saying is I can try what everyone is suggesting (i.e. push the wire back in the wall and pop a new hole higher up to bring the wire out). But will only take care of one speaker.

No, there's no attic. It's in a bonus room.
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What I was saying is I can try what everyone is suggesting (i.e. push the wire back in the wall and pop a new hole higher up to bring the wire out). But will only take care of one speaker.

No, there's no attic. It's in a bonus room.
What's underneath, the garage?

If not, can you remove the molding from the bottom of the wall? If so, you can run the wire behind that around the corner and then run it up inside the wall to the new speaker location.

I see you have crown molding up there, you can do the same thing, but crown molding is a bit harder to mess with and then re-caulk and paint.
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What's underneath, the garage?

If not, can you remove the molding from the bottom of the wall? If so, you can run the wire behind that around the corner and then run it up inside the wall to the new speaker location.

I see you have crown molding up there, you can do the same thing, but crown molding is a bit harder to mess with and then re-caulk and paint.
Attached is a pic of the 2nd speaker. Going down to the garage or the base board would be a tremendous amount of work.
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Believe it our not going down to the trim is probably one of the easiest ways (cheat way) to do it. You have no area above or below this room so either i would do the whole baseboard idea or start ripping out walls! Is there carpet in the 2 rooms? Wedge the speaker wire under the basemolding between the carpet.

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