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Old 08-27-2013, 02:46 PM   #1
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Low voltage cable routing


I know it's not exactly electrical but I figure you guys are the experts on cables and the proper way to route them.

I have a TV mounted over the fireplace, and an outlet and "media box" behind it so I can run my HDMI and speaker wires and IR extender to a different location in the house. I hope this question will be quite simple: I need to know if it's ok to route my cables through the wall, up alongside the chimney, or if it has to go through a whole in the top plate of the wall?

I was in the attic yesterday and between the top plate and the chimney is a few inch gap which would be more than enough to handle all the wires... But I wasn't sure if that was ok or if it should be put through the top plate. Thanks for the help!


Edit: the cables are (1) HDMI, (2) speaker cables, (1) 3.5mm stereo cable.


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No problem with running the wires through the chase.

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Just don't run them parallel with line voltage wire for more than a few inches.
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Shame the TV's over the fireplace, as that's usually much too high to be comfortable for viewing from seating in front of it. Decorators seem to love the location but it's really a terrible place for a TV. That and fireplace heat doesn't do the electronics in the TV any good...

Bear in mind that HDMI cable ends are fragile. Be very careful when attempting to pull it. Should you wreck the ends you basically have to chuck the cable because it's nigh-on impossible to splice on a new one. I've had decent luck running full HD (1080p) over a good quality cable as far as 50'. You'd be surprised how quickly you eat up fifty feet, what with the distance up, over, across, down and out again to equipment. So if you need any longer then look into using HDMI extenders that run over CAT5. That kind of wire is FAR less expensive and a lot more forgiving when it comes to installation.
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