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RyanD 05-19-2009 10:12 AM

Creating a hole in the wall to run wires, a good idea?
 
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I've been trying to figure out a way to get the wires from the tv to the basement where the media stuff is but I'm stumped so I'm thinking the best way is to make a small 2x2 inch hole on the bottom of the wall so I can fish the wire through the floor boards and then up to the tv(behind the wall there is a hole already). Is this a good idea, I have a patch kit but I'm wondering if there is possibly an better approach to this?

Ron6519 05-19-2009 10:28 AM

Drill up from the basement into the stud bay. Drive a snake up to the hole you have behind the TV.
Ron

kirkl 05-19-2009 12:57 PM

AV wiring
 
I have seen AV wiring kits at home improvement stores that include wall plates for making these holes in the drywall look like they belong there.

Kirk

RyanD 05-19-2009 01:00 PM

I'm hoping there is enough wire going to the outlet from the switch(if that's where it comes from) to move the outlet up behind the tv. If I do that then I can use that hole anyways before I patch it. I'm going to try and drill up through the floor tonight, what's the best way to try and measure where I should drill up to get as close to the center of the wall as possible?

Ron6519 05-19-2009 01:59 PM

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Originally Posted by RyanD (Post 275616)
I'm hoping there is enough wire going to the outlet from the switch(if that's where it comes from) to move the outlet up behind the tv. If I do that then I can use that hole anyways before I patch it. I'm going to try and drill up through the floor tonight, what's the best way to try and measure where I should drill up to get as close to the center of the wall as possible?

You drill up so the wire goes into the stud bay you want it to.
Leave the wall outlet where it is. Open the box,pull out the outlet and punch out one of the top knock outs. Push your snake up the wall where the hole for the TV outlet will be. Attach piece of romex and pull it back down into the box. Make the connections and your done.
You should be able to run all your wires from the outlet box behind the TV. There's no need to open any other holes in the wall.
You can't move that lower outlet in any case. The wires are stapled to the studs and are drawn through holes in the framing.
Ron

RyanD 05-19-2009 03:47 PM

The part is I don't know where to drill up from the basement. I'm going to have to measure from walls or something to get a baring on where that wall is and then try to drill up between the wall and not in front or behind.

Ron6519 05-19-2009 04:30 PM

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Originally Posted by RyanD (Post 275731)
The part is I don't know where to drill up from the basement. I'm going to have to measure from walls or something to get a baring on where that wall is and then try to drill up between the wall and not in front or behind.

You can take a very small diameter drill bit, say 1/16", and slowly drill in at the very bottom of the base molding, where it hits the floor. Drill it at a 45 degree angle towards the wall. The bit needs to belong enough to get through 1 1/2" of material. When you're through the floor, insert a thin wire into the hole. Go in the basement and find the wire. The hole represents the wall edge. Move in about 2" and drill the hole for the wires you want to run.
Make sure you drill the hole on the correct side of the wire.
Ron


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