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Old 12-06-2012, 09:22 PM   #31
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Anyone ever used a "power inlet" for an outlet behind a wall mounted TV?


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Aparently in this case you can as these devices are UL listed.
UL listed and code compliant are two differnt things. You can't run an extension cord through a wall, or in a wall. No code allows that.

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Old house, old BX wiring... boxes are kinda small. I don't think there's room to run another wire into that box and I also don't know if it's a good idea to tap into old BX. Perhaps someone could chime in on this?
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I have the same setup you're proposing - done by previous owner. Recessed inlet near floor, power cord to recep 3 ft away, romex inside wall up to recessed recep behind TV. Right next to that is a pass-through for the HDMI cables.

It never even occurred to me that this was not code compliant (HI didn't catch it) until I read this thread. I may check the connections to make sure they are tight but I don't plan to change it any time soon.
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I've used these for several wall mounted tv's so there are no unsightly wires. I'll be installing a family member's tv this weekend and doing it again actually.

http://www.amazon.com/Datacomm-50-33...ef=pd_sim_e_10

Of course you need to tap power from an existing outlet (this means you might need to fish some cable and maybe put some holes in your drywall and patch), but it's cheap and definitely the cleanest. Basically stick an old work box somewhere behind the tv, then fish the romex to it and connect it fed from another receptacle. The signal cables for the tv just get low voltage boxes which those covers screw onto. For surge protection I usually just throw a surge bar in between the tv and wall, and plug the tv into that.

Edit: I just read you said you have BX wiring.. Not sure what code is, but perhaps google or an electrician can give you answer whether you can just tap it and use wire nuts. Regarding the old box being a little small, just put a bigger one in. If it's just nailed to an adjacent stud, use a small hacksaw to cut the nails and pop the box out. Then install an "old work box" that's a little bigger.

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Came down with tonsilitis.... (don't know if I spelled that correctly) not fun ... don't think I'll be calling the electrician today.

The idea about the bigger old work box seems pretty good, I guess it's just a question of code. I could put in a whole new circuit there with nothing but those 2 outlets on it, but thats just a lot of work compared to what I was looking for.

This would be the 7th outlet on this circuit, not sure if that matters.
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UL listed and code compliant are two differnt things. You can't run an extension cord through a wall, or in a wall. No code allows that.
That is true. That is why these devices are available. So extension cords aren't run inside the walls.
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]Came down with tonsilitis.... ... don't think[/B] I'll be calling the electrician
Why not? Electrician may think it's an obscene phone call and reduce the rate...
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Why not? Electrician may think it's an obscene phone call and reduce the rate...
Because it hurts like hell when I talk

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