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I know there are discussions on this though MOST of what i've come across via searching is much more involved, "pro" wiring hiding. I just have a simple living room I want to clean up



I currently have a TV stand that looks something like this:




So in fact the TV *IS* "floating" but you're still left with that ugly black bar up the center...


I am looking to wall mount my 42" TV and (at least for now) I currently have 3 tables running to the TV: 2xHDMI and a power cable.


It would be against a condo wall. One possibility is routing it completely behind the wall though I do have some concerns: a) you're cutting out drywall and b) you could run into issues adding or replacing wires...


So apart from VIDEO wires I will have the speaker wires. Currently just have a 2.1 system. I'm using spare speaker wire and most of it is of a much thicker variety while one of the wires is much thinner. Not sure if my R300 require a certain gauge or anything right now.... but I really have no idea how I go about hiding these wires running from the AV receiver across to the two floorstanding speakers AND the sub...


What are your suggestions for concealing the wires?
 

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This is actually fairly straightforward. You need to handle power and data separate.


Power: Do you have an outlet below the TV? If so, simply buy 6' of 14/2 romex, an outlet box for existing construction, an outlet and a cover. The box you want is the type that has two little winds that come out when you turn the mounting screws. Open up the outlet box near the floor. Cut a hole in the drywall the size of the box. run romex from the old box up the wall and through the hole. Don't forget to turn off the circuit breaker. thread it through the upper box. Pleace new box in hole and tighten the mounting screws. Wire the romex so white goes to white side of existing outlet, black to black and green to green. Do the same for new upper outlet. Mount outlet in box. Turn on breaker. Test new outlet with a circuit tester. Screw on cover plates.


The data is even simpler. First, it is best to run these wires on the other side of a wall stud as the power line. You can buy a cover plate that is open and has small brushes. Get two of these. Also buy the open back low voltage mounting plates. Cut a hole in the top behind set and also the bottom near baseboard. Mount the mounting brackets. Run the wires. Finally thread the cover plates and screw them together.


Here are references to the items you need:

http://www.lowes.com/pd_70990-223-B1...7C1&facetInfo=
http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?...llow&cId=PDIO1
http://www.lowes.com/pd_15805-60784-...7C1&facetInfo=


You can also combine the top 2 boxes, although it takes a bit more skill:
http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?...llow&cId=PDIO1
 

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i have used monoprice for cable management and they are very cheap and excellent quality
 
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