I'm running HT cables and for part of the way they will be running just
along the floor against the brickwork of my fireplace landing. I use the
fireplace, and occasionally an ember or two will fly out and hit the
fireproof throw that is on the floor in front of the fireplace. I'd like to
find something I could use to wrap the cables in, that would not melt if hit
by an ember. I also would not want it to melt against the cables. My plan is
to wrap that portion of the cables that is within flying distance of any
I had to think a minute too. I think he means 'Home Theater'
Hmmm, if I had to look at a wire by my hearth, I might consider putting
it in a 1/2" copper pipe or something like that. You maybe could also
get a decent looking piece of tubing stock in the bar stock section of
your local hardware store. Maybe in your installation that would look
worse, I don't know. Maybe put it in the copper pipe and then paint
the pipe a color that would blend at the location.
Did you consider going outside around the back of the fireplace? Then
I'd definitely run it in some conduit but maybe you could put a single
gang box on either side of the fireplace for the wire to go in and out
of and that may be behind something to help conceal it.
If you're talking low-voltage audio wire, I'd run it through
copper tubing. Well, actually, *I* would drill through the
floor and go under the hearth, but I assume there's some
reason you don't want to do that.
Duct tape, which is to say the thin aluminum tape that is used to seal
air ducts with, not the plasticy stuff. But the cords would melt inside,
since there is no thermal protection.
A metal raceway or conduit would help in this regard, because of it's
thermal mass and the air space between it and the cable.
With this in mind, and the size of connectors on the ends, a larger than
other wise need conduit would be good.
Thanks to all for the suggestions. I should have mentioned that the
fireplace has an Avalon insert in it, and it sometimes happens that the
embers pop out when I open the door to put more wood in. Otherwise I would
definitely be using a screen as Don suggested.
Would love to run it underneath but there's no basement. I like the idea of
quarter round or copper tubing. I'll have to see what I can find at the
local hardware store.
So the post *really* should have read...
I need to add a basement to my house because I'm running HT cables from
one side of my fireplace to the other and don't have a convenient way
to do it.
Can I dig it myself or should I hire a professional.
Good luck, let us know how it works out!
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