Originally Posted by MastaKilla55
Well wouldn't you know it - one of my big, stiff, inflexible hdmis managed to put itself right behind one of these flaps so that when I tightened the screw the screw went right through the cable.
While I'm sure sorry to hear about this, it's good to hear that your cable was simply damaged and not being plagued by hard to diagnose EMI issues.
I was freaking out a bit reading the opening post and title because I'm just about to seal up the walls of my gut to the studs living room renovation (actually the entire front half of our 81 year old house, back half was done last year) and I've got a 35' BJC HDMI cable buried in there too.
I've tested the cable before running it and will test it today before packing in the insulation... and thanks to your post I'm going to take some more measures to be sure I don't put a lag bolt through the cable bundle or something like that.
I take lots of photos of critical areas and use stud plates to protect run holes where a drywall screw could mess up water or electrical or low voltage runs. One thing your post has reminded me to do is make special note of where I'm putting in blocking for the TV mount since the cables will sit nearer the surface of the wall on the other side of the living room - we'll need to be careful about mounting anything there as a result.
My backup plan is a 35 foot digital optical audio, locating my HD cable box up front. Hoping not to - we are going for a HT-lite result that doesn't look like a HT at all sort of look as the room is to be our living room, so I've located all the A/V gear possible to the back corner in a custom built-in cabinet that I'll be building once I've got the flooring in. I guess the worst case is all the a/v gear goes back up front if I mess something up, at least until I can bring myself to open up walls and ceiling again.
Again thanks for sharing.