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post #1 of 10 Old 02-18-2013, 09:53 PM - Thread Starter
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I just mounted a 52" TV in my bedroom. Plan on getting some type of shelf to mount under it for the cable box & dvd player. First problem is that the power cable from the TV & Sound Bar aren't even close to either receptacle box on both sides of the TV towards the bottom of the wall. I'd like to use those covers that hide the wires & cables that attach to the wall & can be painted to match the color of the wall. At the moment I have no idea how I'm going to get all this sorted out so that it doesn't look like total crap. Not looking to run the cables/wires through the wall, just some sort of a clean look. It's just my bedroom so doesn't have to be anything crazy. Any ideas & advice would be much appreciated! Here are a couple of quick pics I snapped with my phone.




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I think what you want is to run one power cord and one cable in the painted wire molding to the shelf, and then try to find a shelf that would somehow hide a power strip and all the bundled wiring. If you're buying (not building) a shelf I would look long and hard for something you can drill some holes in to hide the huge tangle of wiring you'll have. If you google "shelf with drawers" I think you'll get some ideas.
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You own this place? I would probably put in a Powerbridge or equivalent.
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So it's OK to run a short extension cord from the receptacle to some sort of power surge connector & connect the TV, Cable Box, DVD Player & Sound Bar to? I'd like to build a box or something maybe the same length or shorter as the sound bar to fit the cable box & dvd player in. I could drill or cut a slot in the box to run the power cables & hmdi cables from the cable box & dvd player. Maybe mount the surge protector behind the TV where it really won't be seen. Still tossing around some ideas.
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Monoprice has a powerbridge for about 45. Easy to install hides your wires and is up to code. Do not run power cords in your wall.
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Monoprice has a powerbridge for about 45. Easy to install hides your wires and is up to code. Do not run power cords in your wall.

I actually used the Monoprice one in my house. And agree, do NOT put power cords or extension cords in the wall eek.gif
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Not running it through the wall, was thinking of running it on the exterior of the wall & cover it up with those plastic covers that can be painted. But if that's a bad idea then I wont do it.
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Nothing wrong with that techincally, the bridge is just a neater option as you see nothing on the wall.
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I don't like the bridge because you'll still have an extension cord running the horizontal distance from the outlet to directly below the TV or you'd have to open up the wall to run the romex and then why wouldn't you just wire an outlet in?

To be honest unless you are using it to use a UPS with a projector I think the power bridge is for people who think that they can avoid and inspection and/or hiring an electrician when it probably does still require an inspection and isn't that much easier (and is much more expensive) than just wiring an outlet in place.
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I don't like the bridge because you'll still have an extension cord running the horizontal distance from the outlet to directly below the TV or you'd have to open up the wall to run the romex and then why wouldn't you just wire an outlet in?

To be honest unless you are using it to use a UPS with a projector I think the power bridge is for people who think that they can avoid and inspection and/or hiring an electrician when it probably does still require an inspection and isn't that much easier (and is much more expensive) than just wiring an outlet in place.

With a bridge, you only have two holes in the wall and no drywall patching. Also, you can hide the video cables, which was the big selling point for me. Not that you couldn't just do that with what you're saying cool.gif
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