How to Hide Wires Behind Drywall


To get the most effect from a surround sound system, the speakers that come with the system should be mounted around the room at listening height or at roughly the level of your head. Flat-screen TVs can also be wall-mounted above a floor or stand. If you mount any of your audio or video equipment in a room though, you end up with the problem of wires hanging down the wall. You can remedy this problem by hiding wires behind drywall.

Things You'll Need

  • Drill with bits
  • 8-foot string
  • Lead weight
  • Wire
  • Tape
  • Hold the speaker or the TV up to the wall where you want to install it if the item is not already in place on the wall. Mark the spot on the wall where the wire coming from the electronic item touches the wall. Take the speaker or TV down once you have marked the location of the wire if the item is already hung on the wall.

  • Place a drill bit slightly larger than the width of the wire or the electrical plug that you need to snake behind the drywall onto a drill. Make a hole where you marked the wall with the drill.

  • Move to the base of the wall directly below the hole you drilled for the wire or plug. Make another hole of the same size where the wire or plug can come out at the bottom of the wall.

  • Tie a weight at one end of an 8-foot string. Push the weight through the top hole you created in the wall and lower the weight down on the string until it reaches the bottom. Bend over a piece of wire to make a hook, insert it into the hole at the bottom of the wall to grab the string and pull the bottom of the string and the weight out of the bottom hole.

  • Tape the string to the wire or plug that you want to hide behind the drywall. Pull the string down through the wall gently, pulling the wire with it. If necessary, use the wire hook you made to pull the plug attached to the wire through the bottom hole.

Tips & Warnings

  • Any weight will do to pull the string down through the wall, but fishing weights have pre-drilled holes that make them ideal for attaching to string.
  • Once you have the wire at the bottom of the wall, you can run it along the baseboard and cover it with a small strip of masking tape that matches the color of your wall or baseboard.

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