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Old 2010-04-21, 02:02 PM
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Hi Greg/everyone,

We're thinking of wall-mounting our television above a small entertainment unit. At this point (and likely until we move, about 5-6 years down the line) we won't be running any speaker cables. The only thing running from the entertainment unit to the tv will be a power cord and 2 HDMI cables.

Is it worth it to install a conduit/wall plates for these 3 cables to hide them, and possibly a recessed power outlet, or should I just tie the 3 together and run them (as neatly as possible) outside the wall? The house is completely finished, if that helps.

Thanks.
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Old 2010-04-21, 02:16 PM
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You can buy paintable race-way to hide the cables over the drywall. Way less messy and probably a bunch cheaper. We had the builder put in the conduit and besides the fact that the HDMI cables I bought are too thick, I like it. Very clean look. Now I just need to get the built-in finished to hide the electronics.
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Old 2010-04-21, 02:26 PM
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You can buy paintable race-way to hide the cables over the drywall. Way less messy and probably a bunch cheaper. We had the builder put in the conduit and besides the fact that the HDMI cables I bought are too thick, I like it. Very clean look. Now I just need to get the built-in finished to hide the electronics.
Thanks, Highwood09 - that looks like a decent option. I'm still on the fence about putting plates in... I would have liked to get Mattamy do it in the first place, but our budget was constrained at the time (and kind-of still is! haha).

Raceway is just a small plastic enclosure that snaps around your wires, correct? I'm not sure if I'd prefer to see the 3 wires, plastic casing, or nothing, on the wall.
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Old 2010-04-21, 03:18 PM
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The attached link gives you an idea of what I was referring to. I know nothing about this particular product, it just came up when I did a search for it. Hope it helps.

http://www.levelmount.com/p-105-leve...rd-covers.aspx
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Old 2010-04-21, 03:51 PM
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Properly painted, and disguised (possibly with camouflage such as picture frames, plants, etc.) you often won't even notice raceways. Next time you go to a restaurant, doctor's office, etc., see if they've used raceways to hide cables along the wall or ceiling. Chances are they have, and you never noticed it until you thought to look for it.
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