Having a television positioned over a brick fireplace is pleasing to the eye, but not so the power cord and audio and video cables that must find their way up the fireplace to the TV. Punching holes and drilling cable channels into walls is invasive and rarely practical, so the best approach is to hide the wires in plain sight using a surface mounted solution. The project might take a weekend to complete, but no lasting damage will have been inflicted on the wall or the fireplace.
Things You'll Need
- 46-inch Superb home theater wire cabling channel
- 14-foot custom sized Superb home theater wire cabling channel
- 15-foot HDMI cable
- 15-foot power plug extension cord
- Phillips screwdriver
- Electric drill
- Drill bit
- Wall paint
- Foam brush
- Spirit level
- Superb home theater wire cabling channel wall fasteners
- Masking tape
Attach an HDMI audio/video cable to the television. Attach a power plug extension cord to the television. Use a stepladder if necessary.
Hold the 46-inch Superb home theater cabling channel horizontally about 4 inches away off to the side of the television using the spirit level. Take the pencil and mark the screw holes in the cabling channel onto the wall.
Insert a drill bit the size of the holes into the drill. Drill holes into the pencil markings. Insert the wall fasteners into the holes.
Put the HDMI cable and the power plug extension cord inside the two grooves on the back of the 46-inch Superb home theater wire cabling channel. Pull the cables all the way through and secure them into the grooves using the built-in plastic retainer flaps.
Use the Phillips screwdriver to screw the 46-inch Superb home theater cabling channel into the wall fasteners.
Butt the custom-sized Superb home theater wire cabling channel vertically up the wall against the 46-inch cabling channel. Mark the holes in the custom cabling channel onto the wall with the pencil.
Insert a drill bit the size of the holes into the drill. Drill holes in the wall where the pencil markings have been made. Insert wall fasteners in the holes.
Pull the HDMI video/audio cable and the power plug extension cord through the two grooves on the back of the custom-sized Superb home theater wire cabling channel and out from the end of the channel. Tape the two cables temporarily to the wallboard with masking tape to keep them out of the way.
Use the Phillips screwdriver to screw the custom cabling channel into the wall fasteners.
Use the foam brush to paint both cabling channels with paint that matches the color and pattern of the fireplace.
Pull the power plug and HDMI video/audio cable through cable runways that have been screwed into the baseboard.
Attach the power plug to an electrical socket. Attach the HDMI video/audio cable to the HDMI input of an amplifier or a DVD player.
Tips & Warnings
- Do not plug the TV into the AC socket until all work has been completed.
- A no-name power plug extension cord can pose a fire hazard, as well as generate interference that can disrupt the video and audio signals going to the TV.
- Photo Credit home theater with big flat television panel image by Pavel Losevsky from Fotolia.com
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