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Old 01-09-2010, 11:44 PM   #1
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I am in the process of installing my surround system and for my rear surround speakers i bought the in wall design, cutting the holes is simple enough, but what is the easiest way to run the wire from the rear of the room to the front typically?

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Do you have a large attic above this space you can get into to run wires?

Basement below this space?

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no attic, but i do have a crawl space.
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Sounds like the crawl space is the way to go for this situation.

Any ideas to what you do if your on a concrete slab and your have another floor above you.

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sorry i know this may sound simple to some, but what is the best way to get the wires down there? run a snake down the wall to the floor stud and then drill through?? how do i determine where to drill?? just dont want to be drilling a bunch of holes and screwing up thanks.
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So In the crawl space, you can see the bottom wood plate of the wall and floor joists, is that correct? You would need to measure and find the correct stud pocket, and drill a hole up through the bottom plate of the wall with a fairly large drill bit, enough to get the speaker wire through (3/8" or 1/2" I'd say). Should be easy to get the wire up since the hole in the wall will be big enough to get your hand in.

What about the other end of the wire? Do you plan to also go through the wall or use the floor? One trick I use to run wires, if both holes are too small to reach into...

Once you get the holes drilled in the living room wall and crawl space ceiling, get a friend to put a few inches of a metal fish tape (or some other straight metal object) a few inches into the bottom hole. Then tape a strong magnet (like a rare earth magnet) to the end of a long string. Drop that into the wall, and shake it around until it connects to the fish tape, then have your friend pull it through. Then tape the speaker wire to one of the ends of the string, and use the string to pull the wire through.

You are using in-wall rated wire, right?

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