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Old 12-12-2011, 01:03 PM   #1
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How to rough in wiring for built in media cabinets


I am in hte rough in stages of my basement project, and the back wall is a wall of built in cabinetry for the TV amps etc, I need to rough in outlets and LV boxes in one of the base cabinets (34 inch height base cabinet all wires would run there to plug in out of sight)

what is the best way to do this? The cabinets are going to be kraftmaid so the back isn't going to be thin. I think they use 1/2" plywood as their backing. I'm not sure if the wall they are going to be installed on has to be drywalled or not, have to check the local code on that, but I need to install two boxes, one for electrical, and one for low voltage (ethernet, cable, phone)

should I install these as normal and just have holes cut to match?

should I just leave the wires dangle as rough in until the cabinets are ready to go in and have them put in the cabinets as "old work" boxes?

how would you guys do something like this?

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If the backs of the cabinets are sturdy I would install the box on the cabinet and not in the drywall. Not sure what the code is for that but in my previous house, which had lots of built in wood cabinets, the receptacles and other patch panels were clearly installed on the wood. It made them more secure for plugging and unplugging things.

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made a mistake, the backing of the cabinets is 1/8" birch plywood
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If the backs of the cabinets are sturdy I would install the box on the cabinet and not in the drywall. Not sure what the code is for that but in my previous house, which had lots of built in wood cabinets, the receptacles and other patch panels were clearly installed on the wood. It made them more secure for plugging and unplugging things.
I think that is how they did our living room built in's, it's 1/8" plywood with a old work box, wasn't sure if this was up to code now days, the house was built in the 90's
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You could get the adjustable new work boxes. After the cabinet is installed you could adjust the face of the box out to the finished surface.
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