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Old 09-23-2010, 04:31 PM   #1
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Home theater electrical idea, Behind the wall wiring?

I want to run all my wire behind the wall for my tv. I know extention cords and other non-rated wires are not safe. I do not want to run another box to the middle of the wall because i want to have an APC/surge protector on my TV. There are units like this( http://www.a1components.com/itemdisplayn.aspx?item=12319 ) on the internet for sale but i rather just buy something local. I can not find a Male inlet receptacle at home depot or other stores. So here is my idea.

1. Run one female receptacle at the top. Run a second female recepltacle at the bottom. With correct 14/2 NM-B Wire.

2. Buy a 6ft extention cord and cut the female end off and install male end.

3. Plug it to surge protector and the bottom female recepticale.

4. Plug surge protector into the wall.

Is this a bad idea or will this work?


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Old 09-23-2010, 05:05 PM   #2
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Think about this for a second, you want to make a male to male extension cord. What do you think is going to happen to the second male end after you plug the first one in. Think about it for a few minutes.

You will have a male plug with 120V on it just waiting to shock someone who grabs it.

Please do not do this, this is would be very dangerous. When i I worked in a big box store i had a few people ask for this adapter and I still can't beleive they actually wanted to do this.


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Ahh thanks. My gut told me it was a bad idea. I will just find or order a male inlet recepticale then. That way it will not have juice to it unless it is covered up. Thanks again
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A male to male extension cord is called a suicide cord for a reason.

Find the proper male inlet receptacle. You will need to go to an electrical supply house if they don't carry them at HD.
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Got another idea, hopefully not as dumb as the last. In the picture below the bridge would be from the top female oulet receptacle to the bottom which would be a cord adapter male. It would be inside the junction box and attached to an extention cord all locked insid the box. This way there will never be any juice running though the wire unless it was plugged into the surge protector. Let me know if this is another dumb idea. Thanks for your help.

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Why not use a circuit breaker surge protector or one of these?
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Saw a few of these at HD but if the surge tripped the outlet i would have to remove the tv and reset the outlet. Seems like a lot of work.
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Why not use a circuit breaker surge protector or one of these?

Thank you. I was going to recommend this. I actually picked up a few hospital grade TVSS outlets on Ebay.

To the OP, I've never had to reset my outlets. I think the male cord end idea is just terrible.
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I have wall mounted 2 TV's in my house since I bought it, and I too, have faced this dilemma.

For my first TV, I installed a real slim wall mount, and there was no room behind the TV, so I just installed a recessed outlet with no surge protector. I've thought about how to wire in a surge protector in line to it..

For my second (and much more expensive TV), I used a Leviton Blue surge protector outlet and mounted it in a recessed structured media box behind the TV.

You can buy it for $30 from home depot.


Lowe's sells something similar that comes with the surge outlet and recessed structured media center.


Here's an "outlet relocation kit" that you can use if you don't want to tie in to the home wiring to wire up a receptacle.. it's along the lines of what you were mentioning earlier in this thread. It has a recessed female plug for behind the TV, but it also has a "male" plug that you'll wire below the TV and just plug an extension cord into. With this, you can use any surge protector you want.. But I don't recommend this option. It's kinda chintzy, and won't add value to your home like a professionally and permanently wired system will do.


Let us know what you end up doing.



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