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Old 09-15-2010, 03:50 PM   #16
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One of the pictures has crown molding and the other one doesn't. Are these in separate rooms or something?

Your idea about taking a dremel and creating a little "channel", I think, is a great idea. I don't know why I didn't think of that earlier myself! Just make sure to set your depth right, so you don't hit studs, or worse, wires.

I'd see you can find some kind of "high strength" joint compound, rather than spackling. You don't want that cracking on you.

Of course, you'll have to match the texture and paint, (Something you wouldn't have to do if you ran it behind the walls) but that's a relatively simple job. But that'll be a lot simpler than replacing entire sections of drywall and having to do multiple applications of joint compound to make them appear completely flat with the walls. Just fill it in, apply some texture, and paint it.

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Routing a channel in drywall to bury wires can result in the wall cracking if someone leans up against it. Even after you spackle it back together.

Depends on where the studs are relative the the channel you cut.
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No, the speakers are in the same room. On one side the ceiling is flat and the other side is vaulted.

I would have thought that if I added drywall tape after mudding the routed channel, the drywall would not crack. Is this not the case?

I had resigned myself to simply relocating it behind the wall, but other things came up and I haven't dome anything yet.
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Routing a channel in drywall to bury wires can result in the wall cracking if someone leans up against it. Even after you spackle it back together.

Depends on where the studs are relative the the channel you cut.

Although there sure is the possibility of cracking the drywall, It looks like the speaker wire is only getting routed a couple feet, so the structural integrity of the drywall sheet shouldn't be severely compromised. One thing you could do to strengthen it is to screw the drywall to the studs above and below the channel being cut. Do this before you cut the channel, that way everything is held in exactly the same place. Screwing it in after the channel is cut could possibly crack the drywall.

Also, one thing about the wires. When you make your connections to extend the wires from their original location to the new location, make sure you "Stagger" the connections. That way, the connection for the positive is a little bit further down the wire than the connection for the negative lead. That eliminates any possibility of the speaker wires shorting against another, but most importantly, it makes less of a bulge in the wire where the connections are made. This might be important being that you are routing wires through a narrow channel.

Show us some pics when you get it done.

Oh, and one other thing that might make a cleaner installation: Wall plates. You could either get wall plates with speaker posts in them, but depending on the size of the speaker, they might not hide well. You could go to your local car audio shop and get some press-in speaker box terminals. (Pictured below) Paint them the same color as the wall and they'll blend right in.

Here's my setup. I just wired in the speaker terminals this weekend. I originally had holes in the wall.

I was stupid. Before I installed the TV, I had the wall all torn apart to remove built in drywall shelving that formed a grid on the entire wall all the way to the ceiling. I patched it all up without running any speaker wires. When it came to run the wires when I finally got a system, I had to run the wires for the left and right all the way up in to the attic and back down again on each side. You can see the speaker post wall plates on either side of the TV for the side speakers I'm about to install.

EDIT: The first picture with the two wall plates should be rotated vertically. Not sure why it's horizontal.

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This looks like a good time to mould the ceiling too...

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