- Chasing walls for flat screen/sky/freesat/DVD
About to start this in the house – the plan is to have a scart for DVD, HDMI for Sky, 2nd HDMI just in case, standard aerial cable connection hidden inside the wall. I don’t have any home cinema gear and don’t plan on having any. anyone done this and got any lessons learned? Am I missing anything?Posted 4 years agomolgripsSubscriber
My house has thermolite blocks on the wall, which are sloppily rendered in something, then lined with plasterboard with an air gap. I cut a hole in the plasterboard up top and one down low, which both seemed to have enough clearance for cables, but spent most of a day thrutching and swearing trying to get the cables through to no avail, because there was a bulge in the render.
I cut a piece of plasterboard out and had it sorted within half an hour… So if your house is made this way definitely cut the plasterboard. Top tip – make cuts angled inwards towards the channel you are making so that you can place the piece back without it falling through the wall.Posted 4 years agoGary_MMember
I did this in our house recently, not above the fireplace though 🙂
Walls are breeze block with a gap between that and the plasterboard so as above hole top and bottom and drop the cables down then use those AV plates with brushes on to cover the hole. I dropped 3 hdmi cables, 2 network cables (one for the powerplug going into a hub and the other for the tv, optical cable, a standard aerial cable in case I ditch sky and switch to freeview, and a length of string.
Oh and just to explain waht the cables were for – hdmi – sky/apple tv/games console, network cables – powerplug plugged into double socket spur behind tv, one cable going to network hub, one coming from hub to tv, optical cable for a sounbar, string in case I need to run another cable (tie it to the cable and pull).
What are you doing about power for the tv? It’s not good practice to drop the power cable down the wall. If you’re comfortable with electrics then run a spur from a nearby socket.
What are your walls made of?Posted 4 years agoGary_MMember
Yeh so did I but at the opposite side from the hdmi cables. I wouldn’t run power in the same channel as the hdmi cables in case of interference. Ran both together in another installation and the interference was terrible so had to make 2 channels – standard aerial cable though so don’t know if hdmi would be affected so much.Posted 4 years agoBigJohnSubscriber
I just spent £70 at Screwfix for a Titan SDS drill with loads of chisels, drills and other attachments. I got it to chisel through 120mm of concrete in my cellar to install a sump pump but it’s so good I’m looking for some brick walls to chase channels in and drill big holes through.Posted 4 years agomonkeypSubscriber
I dry lined our wall making sure there were some hefty studs to mount the TV bracket. I used square section guttering down-pipe for the trunking with 45deg end exiting the wall for a neat finish. This allows me to pass whatever cable I like down and keeps them together. It was also cheap!Posted 4 years ago
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