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So I'm trying to decide to run wires in the drywall using a wire channel, like this:
http://on.aol.com/video/how-to-hide-wires-with-a-baseboard-wire-track-172963162

Or, run them in the wall without using a wire channel, like this:
http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/how-to-hide-wiring-behind-baseboard-or-installing-a-raceway/index.html

To me, doing it without a channel seems to be cleaner and easier. Another thing is that using a channel, it seems like you need to be sure that the thickness of the channel (with the cover on) has to be least than or equal to the thickness of the drywall. If not, when you put the baseboard back on over the channel, there's gonna be a little gap b/t the baseboard and the wall.

Plus not buying channels will save $$.

Am I missing something here? What do you guys think is the better way to go??
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If your baseboard is thick and wide enough, just route a groove of appropriate size in the baseboard. Remember not to nail where the groove is.
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I am not sure I understand the wire track either. To make it look good you would have to caulk and paint the baseboard anyway right ? So getting back in there will not be easy.

When I ran my surrounds I removed the baseboard and cut ~ 1" off the bottom of the drywall and ran my cables in the space where the drywall was removed. Then I just put the baseboard back up and caulked/painted (including the wall) etc. I managed to run 4 channels of 14 ga and an RCA cable in that space.

Note I am not an expert by any means, just sharing my experience.
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I am not sure I understand the wire track either. To make it look good you would have to caulk and paint the baseboard anyway right ? So getting back in there will not be easy.

When I ran my surrounds I removed the baseboard and cut ~ 1" off the bottom of the drywall and ran my cables in the space where the drywall was removed. Then I just put the baseboard back up and caulked/painted (including the wall) etc. I managed to run 4 channels of 14 ga and an RCA cable in that space.

Note I am not an expert by any means, just sharing my experience.
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In a 1 inch by 0.5 inch (depth of drywall) space, you ran 4 channels of 14 gauge wire and an RCA cable? That seems like a lot in such a small space.

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This is a good resource for retrofitting cables.

http://www.hometheatershack.com/forums/home-theater-design-construction/6038-how-wall-wiring-your-home-theater.html#post47983

When I run cables behind a baseboard, I cut out some of the drywall, and drill holes in the studs.


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If the drilled holes are near the front of the studs, use nail plates to protect the cables.


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This is a good resource for retrofitting cables.

http://www.hometheatershack.com/forums/home-theater-design-construction/6038-how-wall-wiring-your-home-theater.html#post47983

When I run cables behind a baseboard, I cut out some of the drywall, and drill holes in the studs.

Yeah, I had already read and bookmarked that article. Really good details and great advice in there.

Anyway, for those of you who cut out the bottom portion of the drywall and ran the wires in that space (instead of threading them through the drilled studs), how did you guys reattached the baseboard trim over that cutout? If I'm visioning it correctly, you can only nail or glue the top part of the baseboard trim to the bottom edge of the drywall, right? Because, there is no drywall left at the bottom to nail/glue the bottom portion of the baseboard trim to....
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I simply nailed the trim back avoiding the lower edge of the trim. I see no bad effects of doing it this way. You cannot do this with high voltage of course.
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If you don't want to drill the studs, another option is to cut a channel in the drywall a couple inches from the bottom - 2 cuts, instead of one at the bottom.

It's a forgiving process, with everything covered by the baseboard. Hard to screw it up. The only difficulty, in my experience, is caulking the edge and painting nail holes.

For posterity, be careful of toenails in the bottom of the vertical studs, when drilling. They will dull your bit, and could give your wrist a strong yank if they stop the bit.

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I would avoid gluing the baseboard. Hard to get back in easily, for future cables, and replacing damaged cables.

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