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mikereno1 02-18-2009 09:26 PM

Wiring up a new system
We are remodeling the living room and moving the TV to a new wall. I am planning on adding the surround speakers to the ceiling for a cleaner look, and I know ideally they should be just above ear level, but this will have to work. I am hoping to run the wires in the wall, but it is an exterior wall with insulation in it. I will also have to add an outlet to the wall to power everything. I am going to run another pair of speaker wires up for outdoor speakers as well. In addition I am going to run some coax cable down the wall from our antennae that will be on the roof. Can I run all these wires pretty much together? Should the power wiring be on the other side of stud?

Are there any outlet/box covers that I can install that will combine 4 speakers and acoax for a cleaner look? Any help appreciated

Bob Mariani 02-19-2009 05:42 AM

Combination boxes exist. They will have a partition to segregate the wire types. The wires can all be in the same stud, but not through the same holes. They should never make contact while running parallel but it is okay to cross perpendicular.

mikereno1 02-19-2009 11:30 AM

If they are going to the same box, how can I be sure they arent touching behind the wall? Where can I get a combo wall plate, cant seem to find any

jerryh3 02-19-2009 11:44 AM


Originally Posted by mikereno1 (Post 232915)
If they are going to the same box, how can I be sure they arent touching behind the wall? Where can I get a combo wall plate, cant seem to find any

mikereno1 02-19-2009 11:19 PM

Having a bit of a problem getting the wires up the wall into the attic. 2 things, first I think I am able to get the fish tape all the way up the wall, but i am trying to drill from the attic down into the space behind the drywall and it doesnt seem to be working. When drilling down through the 2x4 I hit some metal, which was really thin, and then more wood. I am through about 6 inches of wood and its still not into the space. How thick is the wood supposed to be here, its a exterior wall. There is also a power wire going down about 2 feet from where I am drilling down, but there is no outlet on that wall, any idea what that could be going to?

Should I just get a longer bit and keep drilling?

Bob Mariani 02-20-2009 05:21 AM

The top plate should be 3" two 2X4 1 1/2 X 2 = 3" If you are getting more wood you could be lined up with a rafter end. Move the hole by 2-3 inches. Still will be near imposible to reach this in the attic. Easier to cut a slice in the drywall and make the patch. Be sure to place a metal plate over the wire to protect it where you notch the top plates.

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