Originally Posted by assassin
Major major major issue.
I spent the last 2 days in my spare time installing 5 pairs of in-ceiling speakers for whole house audio. My installation went fine and I was able to find the low voltage company's speaker wire.
The problem is that the low voltage company apparently forgot to run any speaker wire from the wall plate(s) to the home run area in my basement utility room!!! So now I have 5 pair of in-ceiling speakers that are connected via speaker wire to the wall plate area but there is absolutely nothing that connects the wall plate to the home run area in the utility room which is where my amplifier and equipment will be located!
I called the manager and he said that he "signed off" on it and that it should be there. Well it isn't. I would have checked myself but I naively thought that in the huge bundle of RG6, CAT6 and Security wiring there would be 10 pairs of speaker wire (or 5 wires if they ran 2 pair back from each wall plate). As I told him this is about "as easy as it gets" for a low voltage company and I am shocked that they could screw up this bad.
Needless to say I am beyond pissed as we are about 1 month from move in and the drywall is up and painted. Anyone have any advice?
I understand your frustration, it is never fun to deal with issues like this. There is a few possible solutions, but none are as attractive as having it simply done right in the first place.
If you posted this in the theater building forum those guys wouldn't even see the issue. They'd probably run the wire easier than typing the problem
But there's a certain type of person and personality type hanging out in that forum, and many are professional theater builders or advanced enthusiasts with a contractor or DIY background. I am assuming that since you paid someone to do it (low voltage company) you either have no time, no desire, or lack the ability to do it yourself. That makes the ideal solution a bit easier; get the company you paid to do it to come do it properly
I'd avoid being overly angry or dislikable because often they might dig their heals in and fight back- where if your cool and collected but clearly explain in no uncertain terms this needs immediate resolution you'll likely see better results. Kill more bees with honey approach first- then if it fails you can go the alternate resolution methods up to and including lawsuit if needed. Usually you'll see a satisfactory resolution before that.
There is a few other alternate solutions:
I'd probably just run the wire myself. But I have some experience doing such, I already own a professional level wire snake tools- and I've done many homes before. Usually there is two best methods of attacking it- Basement or Attic. Those areas are often not finished and wire can be run across the home in a less direct path through these areas. You'd need to snake a wire up or down the wall between the studs, drill a small hole in the top or bottom base plate- use a snake and then tape the speaker wire to the snake and pull it back out. I would need to have more info about your home to give you more specific advice but the concept is generally the same. If your basement or your attic is available - get the wire to that area inside the existing finished wall and then go from there to the end destination. Sometimes you can find other stuff that runs like electric, Central Vac, Cat6, etc... and follow that too.
The last solution is to move the amp system to where all the speaker wires are located. You planning a dedicated multi channel home audio amp ?? Or just a speaker selector box with impedance match ? You might just put the amp in the location the wires are- and just run signal to the amp as an easier solution.
I'm guessing that any good contractor is talented enough and capable or running a single speaker wire from your source location to the wall plate- even after the sheetrock is finished. I'd go that route first if possible. Removing a sheetrock is a last resort but even that is not really a big deal. I've done it. Sheetrock is $10 at homdepot this week
It's just a mess to finish sand and paint and a pain in the A$$ - but you can do it if needed without a huge cost. I'd bet the company you paid might reimburse you or pay for someone to do it for you if you don't want to deal with this issue yourself.