13 comments on “Running Wires for Surround Sound Speakers

  1. Helen

    Thank you so much for the instructions using he baseboards and carpet. I live in an apartment where I can’t go crazy and open up holes in the wall or ceiling, but I figure that I can hide wiring along the floor. I already have my speakers, but since I wasn’t sure yet what setup I was going to use, I haven’t bought the wiring yet. As soon as I do, I’ll finally have a system good enough for watching a movie even when my roommates aren’t being quiet in the kitchen.
    Helen | Raymar Electrical SalesRaymar Electrical Sales

  2. rps abq

    Whoa! Crown Molding done right is way beyond most homeowner’s ability range – takes a true carpenter who knows how to do all kinds of specialized, angled cutting, with power saws and tools. To attach it right so that the nails aren’t visible takes a high powered airgun which takes specialized finishing nails and some training on how to use the gun. A crown molding project including tools and materials therfore, would be quite an expense. So to even suggest that this is a doable project for the regular guy in an article about installing surround speakers is very misleading and totally unrealistic. More applicable to your article would be running wire through crown molding which is already there.

  3. AC

    Regarding the image: “Running wires behind crown moulding”, I would strongly advise consulting with your insurance company. What’s been done in the picture is: breaching of a fire barrier, not using a new work box, and presumably not using a wall plate. While folks often believe the NEC doesn’t apply to “low voltage”, each of these things are (in most jurisdictions) fire code violations. In event of fire, which in all likelihood is unrelated to this work, the fire will have a way to get into the walls (or supply more oxygen to a fire which breached the drywall) and spread faster, leading to higher damages. All wires – even low voltage – must also be “in wall rated” (but don’t have to be the more expensive “plenium/HVAC rated type). Fortunately, almost all bulk wire will be in-wall rated.

    I’m a DIY’er and I’m not trying to sound discouraging. It’s only another 20% work to do the research and mimic what professionals do.

  4. Steve H

    How do you handle when you have doors in the pathway? In my case, I have a closet on one side of my audio system and double doors to my (upstairs) office on the other side. I can’t do crown molding because the ceilings slope from about 16 feet near the AVR to 10 feet on the other side of the room. I installed under the carpeting but didn’t know the best way to fish it and wound up with noticeable cuts near each door frame and lumps in the carpet. And scratched hands.

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