I am not sure if this is the right group to ask, but since everyone
sounds like a pro at what they do, I thought I'll try.
I've purchased 2 sets of In-ceiling speakers I'd like to install in
the kitchen. We live in a "typical" Canadian suburban house with
basement, ground level (where the kitchen and the living room are) and
second floor. I'd like to know how I'd bring the speaker wire from the
living room where the stereo is to the kitchen ceiling. Has anyone
done this sort of thing? Where I am not sure is the 'fishing' the line
part. How do I bring the wire up to the kitchen ceiling when the roof
is stud construction?
I've been to Canada often and find no house to be any more typical tha the
wide variety here in the US. The second floor is going to make the job much
more difficult, maybe impossible.
You could go down from the LR to the basement and over to the kitchen. Is
there any way up along plumbing lines to route the wires? Getting from the
wall to the ceiling is the hard part as the framing will usually make a
solid barrier inside the wall. Perhaps you should consider putting the
speaker sntot he wall?
try fishing the wire along a chimney opening or vent pipe (stack)
worst case scenario
make small holes in the inside corners of wall to ceiling and wall to floor.
or maybe remove a kitchen cabinet to access the wall to make holes to hide
the wires behind it.
Being that it's speaker wire, you won't have a whole lot more
degradation of signal if you use a few extra feet of wire to get
from point A to point B. IOW, consider an alternate, easier
route. Gravity is your friend, it's a lot easier to drop down
from both destinations and route it through the basement. Of
course, getting to -anywhere- from a ceiling is not going to
You need to figure out which way the ceiling joists run, go
between two of them to the nearest wall, find a way
around/through the top plate on the studs into the vertical gap
between 2 studs, and then you might run into a fire block that
will need to be drilled through. -Then- you need to break
through the floor, which is usually possible from underneath,
assuming you can find "landmarks" and take good measurments,
else you end up drilling holes in your exposed floor.
You will end up opening some holes in the walls that will need
to be restored. If you're good at it, they will be few and small.
If you're not so good, they will be many and/or big. Sorry, but
there is no easy way.
Baisez-les s'ils ne peuvent pas prendre une plaisanterie
Ok, I'm going to take a completely different tack.
Why do you want ceiling mounted speakers? I am
not trying to be insulting, but if you put in
ceiling mounted speakers you aren't thinking very
far ahead. How long do you expect to be using the
system you are installing them for, 30 or 40
years? If so then go ahead, otherwise you are
doing a lot of work that will just have to be
ripped out in a few years when you do a
significant upgrade. I keep seeing them doing
that sort of thing on home shows, and I have never
figured out why they are wasting the money. You
will probably never get the audio quality with
ceiling mounted speakers that you will with
discrete speaker boxes.
One option would be to use your cold air return(s) to bring the wire up or
down. I've pulled a cable wire from the basement by going up the cold air
return to the attic and then down another cold air return from the attic.
If you can position the speakers so that they're both in the same joist
space, that will help reduce the effort. Use closets, cupboards, etc to
your advantage. A patch in the back of a cupboard doesn't need to be
Finally, the concern about audio quality is in the ear of the listener. The
house we're currently in has multiple in-ceiling speakers. Yes, the sound
isn't the quality of my father's Boston Acoutics, but I can't really tell
the difference. I do like the convenience of having one location for the
music source and 7 different areas (master bedroom, bonus room, family room,
kitchen, den, main hall, back deck) to listen to it.
Don't plant your bad days, they turn into bad weeks,
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