my soon to be HT set up will be pretty basic. Flat panel plasma mounted on wall, center channel mounted on wall just below, and all other components in a horizontal audio stand just below the center channel... I would like to accomplish a clean look with the tv power cord, HDMI cord, and center channel speaker wire all being concealed in-wall, and exiting just behind the audio stand.
I'm not to worried about putting the speaker wire, and hdmi cord in the wall, but the TV power cord??? I dont need fire marshall bill over my place...
Is there a type of tubing that is made specifically for pulling off these types of projects?? I'm sure there is, I just dont know where to look? any recommendations out there??
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I would run two conduits to the location. One for the low voltage wiring (HDMI cable and speaker wires) and one for the AC power line. I can't think of any reason this should violate any code. Although, I'm not an electrical code inspector and some city's codes can be pretty stringent.I would make both conduits 1". The low voltage conduit will need a junction box in it at the location for the speaker while the other would simply be a straight piece going from point A to B. Conduit can be purchased at electrical supply houses as well Home Depot and Lowe's.If you check my room thread, you'll notice that I ran a LOT of conduit in my new room. It's fairly easy to do and you'll thank yourself later (when something changes).John
Thanks for the help!
Make sure the wire\cable you use is rated for in wall installation. Your insurance company could balk if a fire occurs, whether or not the added cabling caused it.
As far as the power cord goes why not have an outlet placed where you want the tv mounted? That would meet all building codes and keep any insurance issues from arising.
I thought of that, too. I assume he has a power conditioner or some of other device he wants to connect the TV's power to. Puttin an outlet directly behind the TV would certainly be the easiest.
goliath wrote:As far as the power cord goes why not have an outlet placed where you want the tv mounted? That would meet all building codes and keep any insurance issues from arising.John
Most people run a dedicated outlet and use a clock style outlet to give more clearance for the power cord behind a plasma. I agree with the others in that you should have a normal electrical conduit run to the outlet and a seperate PVC conduit run for the analog and video cables. Per most building codes they must be seperated from the actual electrical runs.
I just helped a friend spec. this exact install with his builder and it is really nice for future proofing any video wiring updates that may occour.
You have two solutions, first http://www.panamax.com/products.cfm?group=1&sec=detail&id=221&ly=h, this provides a dedicated loop for you to plug your display into your main power conditioner. The other, monster and panamax make for the same price, a flat panel surge protector and conditioner to go behind the display. http://www.panamax.com/products.cfm?group=1&sec=detail&id=278&ly=h