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Old 12-20-08, 08:32 PM
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Cables: To hide or not to hide that is the ?

I am planning on mounting a flat screen on the bedroom wall. Initially I thought I would go the professional way and drill holes in the wall and run the cables through inside the wall. As an option I'm also thinking that I could just hide or camouflage the cables someway. Anyone here happy with their set up doing the latter? I know there are places that sell "cable-cord covers", anyone recommend ones (wall and floor) that look cool and match the decor?
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Old 12-21-08, 12:19 AM
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I vote in-wall.
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Old 12-21-08, 01:41 AM
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I vote in-wall cables and user names that aren't all uppercase.
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Old 12-21-08, 08:56 AM
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In the wall is a PITA. Cable hides are cheap, easy, quick and can be painted to match the color of the walls.
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Here's my bedroom setup with the wire track:

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Here's my bedroom setup with the wire track:


That looks awesome! You really did an outstanding job. Thats exactly the kind of set up I was thinking of. Thank you for posting that pic. It blends very well in a art on the wall kind of way.
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In the wall is a PITA. Cable hides are cheap, easy, quick and can be painted to match the color of the walls.
Well yeah, right now I have too many PITA things to worry about I dont need another one lol.
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I vote in-wall cables and user names that aren't all uppercase.
Haha, well when I first discovered DVD Talk I was drinking wine and had to think of a user name at the time. The rest is history.
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Old 12-22-08, 01:53 AM
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Here's my bedroom setup with the wire track:

Ooh! Scott, doesn't that blue ring on the DVR drive you nuts?
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Old 12-22-08, 06:51 AM
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In wall is my vote -- loved that I was able to get the pre-wires done while they were building my house. They raped me on their cost -- yet was significantly cheaper if I had it done after the drywall went up :/

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Old 12-22-08, 09:12 AM
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Similar situation though I live in an older home (plaster walls). Though in the process of doing some restoring work, in-wall is just too daunting of a task for me personally. I think the wire track can look quite attractive.
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Originally Posted by Spiky View Post
Ooh! Scott, doesn't that blue ring on the DVR drive you nuts?
I honestly can't say we really notice it.
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I think in wall looks so much sleeker!
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Old 12-24-08, 07:26 AM
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Originally Posted by JingaBingaBeans View Post
I think in wall looks so much sleeker!
Even though I have the cable track, I can't argue that "invisible" isn't sleeker...
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Unless you're trying to fish through an exterior wall it's really quite simple. Exterior walls can have fire breaks that run horizontally making it tricky. Go to Home Depot, pay $18 for a fish tape. You're only going a few feet.
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Old 12-25-08, 12:00 AM
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Atdec make one.
Here's my setup.


http://www.atdec.com.au/Content_Comm...le-Manager.seo
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Old 12-25-08, 10:32 AM
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The problem is that wire track is generally not big enough for serious wires. That one isn't bad. I had to go a little bigger:
http://www.idealtruevalue.com/servlet/the-129559/Detail
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The problem is that wire track is generally not big enough for serious wires.
I will say that the one I used above is not very big. I had to do some pushing to get the cover on over the TV power chord - it is pretty thick. But I don't have many wires since it is a bedroom setup, so was able to get by. If you need to run cables for several components, one track like mine would not do the trick.
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My new condo had in-wall pre-built for speakers and the tv. If I hadn't had that, I would simply run paintable conduit -- in-wall isn't worth it, for me.

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come on in wall is the only way to go....

and its sheetrock you dont drill anything!
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here's my bedroom setup with the wire track:



yuck!
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yuck!

Not cool.
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Old 12-26-08, 01:49 AM
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The adtec system I mentioned, and similar ones to it provide for a lot of cabling. I'd recommend against the tubular conduits as they'll be easily visible even if you paint over them.
I would have gone for hiding the cables inside the wall, but it's single brick and there's no cavity.
Shelland, just wondering why you ran cabling underneath AND to the side of the tv? Could you not have mounted the box underneath the TV, so only one vertical conduit would be coming down from the tv.
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Although I think the price is prohibitive, it's a great idea. Flatwire. You can attach it righ to the wall then tape, spackle and paint. In cases where you have walls that you just can't fish wires through and you're not willing to settle for exterior channels, these will do the trick.




http://www.flatwirestore.com

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Old 12-27-08, 09:21 PM
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Obviously there are strong preferences on the board of which is the way to go. Well to each his own. I'm just glad that there are options that work and look good if you dont want to take the PITA route.
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