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Old 03-22-2011, 08:17 AM   #1
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what will happen if non in wall speaker wire was ran behind dry wall

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what will happen if non in wall speaker wire was ran behind dry wall
What do you mean? If its a clean run, not touching anything, you're fine.

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Wiring behind the building surface needs to be listed for use for those applications. It deals with flame spread and smoke production. These are speaker cables listed for in-wall usage.
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Wiring behind the building surface needs to be listed for use for those applications. It deals with flame spread and smoke production. These are speaker cables listed for in-wall usage.
Whats the difference if its inside a wall or laying on a floor. If the house is on fire, it's gonna burn regardless
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Whats the difference if its inside a wall or laying on a floor. If the house is on fire, it's gonna burn regardless
Jim's answer is the correct one; that being said, I'm kind of with you on this. I figure I have bigger things to worry about than speaker wire if my house is on fire. I used standard speaker wire up the walls and into the attic in my house, and I don't lose any sleep over it.
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The biodegrading characteristics of non-inwall rated wiring are unknown. I have seen speaker wire become discolored, although not waited (or haven't lived) long enough to see it actually disintegrate. I have seen other kinds of plastics (while we are on the subject of audio equipment: phonograph turntable mats) that had degenerated into a mushy mess and others that turned brittle and cracked (while not subjected to sunlight).
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Whats the difference if its inside a wall or laying on a floor. If the house is on fire, it's gonna burn regardless
The difference is I won't get a red tag from the inspector for installing a listed method behind the building surface.
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The difference is I won't get a red tag from the inspector for installing a listed method behind the building surface.
Thats why you do it afterwards, everyone knows that

Im a hack, what can I say
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I have seen other kinds of plastics (while we are on the subject of audio equipment: phonograph turntable mats) that had degenerated into a mushy mess and others that turned brittle and cracked (while not subjected to sunlight).
My point exactly. How long did it take for that to happen? Years and years. Chances are, technology will initiate replacement before any failure arises. Inspectors dont care about that though I guess....and in my experience, they have no sense of humor either
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Thats why you do it afterwards, everyone knows that

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Hack. I agree.
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I used standard 12g speaker wire because I had a large spool remaining from monoprice but it does offer several types of wire.

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If you're looking for a décor friendly cable, look no further than the Monoprice CL2 rated speaker cable. They come with a white outer jacket to blend in with your walls and baseboards for out of wall applications and are CL2 rated to meet most building codes * for installation behind the walls when you want to keep the cables completely out of sight. These cables are made from high purity, oxygen free copper, are available in a variety of gauges and come in 2 conductor and 4 conductor configurations. The 4 conductor cables are perfect for bi-wiring high end tower speakers that offer a bi-wireable option.

Features:
  • Perfect for use in or out of wall with a variety of speaker types including in-wall and in-ceiling.
  • Compatible with banana plugs.
  • Clearly distinguishable Red and Black inner jackets for determining polarity.
  • High quality, flame retardant PVC outer jacket.
  • Multi-twist, rope lay braiding.
  • UL listed and CL2 rated.
Local building codes can vary from region to region. Check with your local fire department to find out what the requirements are for your area.


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