Mounting flat screen TVs, projectors and even light fixtures on the wall frees your tabletops from the clutter these items can create. Hanging these items on your walls makes your room look sleek and comfortable. Unfortunately, mounting items does not address the problem of unsightly wires flowing down your walls. By following these steps, you can make the walls of your rooms wire free.
Things You'll Need
- Wire tacks
- Barwalt Grout Digger (the kind with a diagonal edge)
- Drywall mud
- Drywall tape
- Putty knife
Hammer the wire into the wall using a wire tack. A wire tack is a thin, U-shaped tack that holds the wire into place.
Hammer the wire into the wall at the baseboard using another wire tack.
Mark two border lines on the wall. Mark them from the component you want to mount all the way to the baseboard. Use your ruler to keep the wire lines straight because the wire will fit between these lines. When you mark the wire lines on the wall, keep them 1-inch apart.
Use the Barwalt Grout Digger to scrape or gouge drywall from between the wire lines. Dig a shallow trough about ¼ inch deep or at least deep enough to contain the wire.
Place the loose length of the wire into the trough you’ve dug with your grout digger. Using the putty knife, apply some drywall mud in the trough and cover the wire. Apply enough mud to fill the trough, then scrape the mud flush with the wall.
Tape over the mud using drywall tape. Then use your putty knife, and cover the drywall tape with another thin layer of drywall mud.
Allow 24 hours for the drywall mud to dry.
Remove both wire tacks.
Use a bit of drywall mud to touch up the holes left by the wire tacks.
Paint over the drywall mud.
Run the remaining bit of wire from the baseboard along the carpet and up into the electrical socket.
Tips & Warnings
- - Although only tiny bit of wire will show where it enters the wall and where it emerges near the baseboard, try to use wire that matches the color of your wall. Matching the wire to the paint color will make your component truly seem wireless.
- Make sure you do not tug the wire, or it will pull free from the wall, and you'll have to start over.
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