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Wiring in Walls

I'm in the middle of building my theater room. I have everything bought and I had my first consultation come in to help with the wiring. The guy is telling me it's practically impossible for me to put the wiring in the walls on my setup. The house is already built and the theater room is going into a bonus room on the second floor. It's the ONLY room in the second floor (the stairs take you right into it). It's a cathedral ceiling with no attic access here.

He's telling me it would be cheaper and more economical to just do the raceways to hide the cabling and call it a day.

Is he correct or no? Is there some way of getting the wiring fished through the walls? It's basically a 7.1 setup where the sub sits behind the front right speaker. Everything needs to get fed to the media rack which is in the small closet in the back right corner of the sound stage.

One side coming in would be a coax cable, 3 sets of 12 gauge speaker wire, and an XLR cable for the sub. The other side would have 4 sets of 12 gauge speaker wire coming around to the media rack.

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Hard. To say without seeing it 1st hand but I've never seen a room I couldn't bury wires.

I'd call someone else. If you have drywall or block walls, you can hide the wires. Raceways are for lazy, uninformed or rookie installers. Don't do it!

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I agree with Tom here...there's always a way to hide wires. I'm big into having an appearance of no wires, so I'd do everything necessary to take the extra step. This just screams of laziness and I would recommend going with another contractor.

You could remove the baseboards, fish the wires from the attic, etc.
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I also agree. With a little bit of elbow grease you'd be able to hide the wires somehow. It would be cheaper and easier to use raceways, but it wouldn't look as good.

I'm confused too.

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removing the baseboards and cutting in notches or drilling holes in the framing behind the baseboards. you should be able to run your lines and then fish the lines up the wall to your speaker locations.

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removing the baseboards and cutting in notches or drilling holes in the framing behind the baseboards. you should be able to run your lines and then fish the lines up the wall to your speaker locations.
That's what I did. Ran the wires behind the baseboard.

Don't do the racetrack unless you absolutely have to.
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Drywall is probably one of the cheapest/easiest/most effective thing to change in your house. I'd only use raceways if it were a rental. Your contractor sounds lazy or incompetent.
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I have had success with pressing speaker wire under baseboards. The carpet generally doesn't go all the way to the wall, so there is space. The carpet will give enough to allow the wire to be pressed in. It is a slow and tedious process, but the wires are hidden. The issue happens when there is a doorway in the path. Then you have to be creative with some sort of channeling under the carpet and a cover on the pad.
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well sure the baseboard is simple but what do I do for wall mounted surrounds and the ceiling mounted projector? Do I raceway down the floor from the speaker to the baseboard and then bury?

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The projector could be tough, since it's a cathedral ceiling (in fact, how are you going to mount the projector?). You're going to have to take down some amount of drywall. What's the insulation behind the drywall?

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well sure the baseboard is simple but what do I do for wall mounted surrounds and the ceiling mounted projector? Do I raceway down the floor from the speaker to the baseboard and then bury?
Not sure about the projector, but for the surrounds, you could remove the baseboard directly below the speaker, cut a hole in the drywall close to the floor, then another hole in the wall where the speaker will be mounted. Fish the wire straight down, and then out the hole you cut in the wall behind the baseboards and towards the equipment rack/stand. The majority of the wire will be hidden once you replace the baseboards, and it should be easy to fish straight down through the wall since you're not crossing a stud.
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vinny, thanks for the advise. I do have a new professional installer coming out to take care of this. I'm going to see how it goes. Thanks for the input!!!

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