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Identifying Wires in a Pre-Wired Home

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Grateful for any help with this...

On the back wall of my house, in the patio area, there are two electrical cover plates; one at each end of the patio. Behind the cover plate are two wires; I assume these are for outdoor speakers. I'd like to hook these to my stereo but I don't know where the wires go. Without buying a toner/prober, does anyone know of a way to trace the path of the wires so I can find where they terminate?

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On the back wall of my house, in the patio area, there are two electrical cover plates; one at each end of the patio. Behind the cover plate are two wires; I assume these are for outdoor speakers.
Are they speaker wires? Cat5e? But yes, it's likely they're for speakers.

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I'd like to hook these to my stereo but I don't know where the wires go. Without buying a toner/prober, does anyone know of a way to trace the path of the wires so I can find where they terminate?
1) If those are the only known speaker location(s) that were pre-wired, they will likely go to a primary AV location - like the family room TV jacks - look for another blank plate. If the house has a structured wiring panel, check there or nearby. Less likely are utility rooms, pantry, other 'hidden' locations that also have AC power available.

2) You say the plates are "at each end of the patio". On the wall of the house? On the ceiling of a covered patio? You'll want to get in the attic and see if you can find wires come from that area. Look closely at the wires behind the plate so you can identify they by color and cable type.

3) A probe will not help you find wires unless you're within inches or feet of them (depending on the probe type) - you're going to have to do #1 and #2 regardless...

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Thank you jautor!

The wires are not Cat5. They appear to be speaker wires.

There are other cover plates inside the house and I've been successful figuring those out (I installed small surround system speakers using the prewiring in the den).

Yes, the plates are on the outside brick wall of the house; not the ceiling.
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If there are other speaker wires in other rooms, not counting the surround locations, they very likely all go to the same place.

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