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post #1 of 11 Old 04-18-2012, 04:53 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi - I know I'll get the "we need more info" responses, but I'll ask anyway. If I were to have speaker wire run from a terminal in back of my receiver, in-wall, to terminals in the locations for a 7.1 system, ball park what should I expect to pay an installer? This is in an approx 25x15 foot room with 9ft ceilings, and a lit fairly open attic above. $200? $500? $1,000? Not looking to go with in-wall speakers at this time.

Just trying to get an idea. I'll get an actual quote, but I'd like a frame of reference.
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Prices vary area to area. Do it yourself, and you will save wads of cash.
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$75-95/hr., I'd say 6 hrs. off the top of my head.
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If attic is unfinished, this is relatively ez DIY. If finished attic u may have to pull things out thereby adding cost & time.

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It would take an electrician an hour to wire that, but the drywall guy would take about 3 hours to fix his mess. It may be cheaper to fix drywall and repaint, than hire a LV installer.

The pro LV guy could probably do it all without cutting drywall, but it will take a pair of guys 4-6 hours, at $80-200/hr.

Those are my best guesses.

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My builder charged $50 per run of any A/V wire (Cat5e/Speaker/Coax etc), terminated however I wanted. I had to pay for the patch panel but they included any wall plates and wall boxes.

That's in MA BTW and this was all done with the walls open.
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That's in MA BTW and this was all done with the walls open.

That sounds about right.

As usual the case, the painting doesn't take much, it's the preparation and the clean up that takes the most effort.

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It would take an electrician an hour to wire that, but the drywall guy would take about 3 hours to fix his mess. It may be cheaper to fix drywall and repaint, than hire a LV installer.

The pro LV guy could probably do it all without cutting drywall, but it will take a pair of guys 4-6 hours, at $80-200/hr.

Those are my best guesses.

Lmao... Just substitute auto mechanic for electrician and substitute car salesman for pro lv guy and it would be even funnier.
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Well, an auto mechanic would probably try to avoid cutting drywall. Seems like electricians cut drywall at every opportunity.

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Thanks all for the responses. I got it done and it went like this: one guy, (young A/V guy, sole proprietor I think, randomly called from Craigslist), $90 first hour, $60/hr thereafter, 5hrs (!) = $330, plus cost of wall plates, speaker wire, etc - total came to $440. Oh, and that included hooking up HDMI to my mid-ceiling projector.

It would have taken me forever to do it and I would have put my foot through the ceiling, although I would have paid ~$3 apiece for the wall terminal plates from Monoprice instead of $15 apiece from Lowe's.

At the end of the day, I'm happy it's done, and the cost wasn't prohibitive.
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BTW, the installer was apologetic about the cost of the wall plates from Lowe's - he uses Monoprice, but this was a quick turnarounf thing, and he only had the kind that allow a speaker wire to pass through a split rubber grommet, so he picked up the more permanent kind with speaker terminals on his way to my house. Maybe Radio Shack would have had cheaper ones, maybe not.
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