How to Hide a Cable Cord

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Cable TV is, in many homes, an entertainment staple. Like anything audio/video however, there is the persistent dilemma of how to hide cables. Incoming cable TV wires usually come from a terminated wall jack. Cosmetically, that's a start, but the wire then strings haphazardly across the floor or is stapled to the wall to make it look cleaner. Various companies have plastic molding solutions designed to conceal cable wires. Using these wire concealers can make a dramatic visual improvement to a cable installation.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic wire molding
  • Heavy-duty scissors
  • Cut a length of channel mold to fit over the cable wire, spanning from just under the wall plate to 1/2 inch from the top of the floor or baseboard.

  • Cut an additional length of channel mold to reach from the base of the vertical piece, to the location of the television or equipment rack.

  • Slide the coaxial cable (while still attached to the wall) into the open side of the vertical piece of molding. Peel off the adhesive backing and stick it to the wall.

  • Insert the coaxial cable into the open side of the horizontal span leading to the TV or rack. Remove the backing and stick this to the wall.

  • Snap the 90-degree elbow in between two pieces, fully concealing the cable.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a right angle adapter for the cable's fitting to create a straighter drop from the plate. The coaxial cable's connector screws onto the adapter, which, in turn, screws onto the plate's fitting.
  • Paint the channel mold to make it blend seamlessly into the wall.

References

  • Photo Credit Coaxial cable image by lefebvre_jonathan from Fotolia.com
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