How would a contractor install 2 in-wall speakers in an existing first
floor room (with bedroom above it)? Specifically, would the wiring be
routed inside the wall to reach the audio equipment? Maybe along the
floor? (except in my case we will be installing laminate flooring).
How costly a job is this, with me supplying the speakers and wiring?
I doubt is can be routed inside the wall going horizontal. What is below
the room? It can probably go along the floor under some trim. Even fishing
the wire above the fire stop in the wall is a daunting task. It could run
from $50 to $350 to impossible depending on construction. No one can give a
good estimate not seeing the setup.
Make sure you specify how you want this done before work is started.
I'm assuming you have no basement or crawlspace, if you did that is
where I would run the wires. If you don't you have a few options:
1 Cut a groove in the subfloor to run the wires under the laminate
flooring. probably a PITA and won't work with slab construction.
2 Run the wires behind the baseboard. May require a groove to be cut
in the back of the molding or trimming the drywall a bit. Don't run
the wires in the space left for the flooring to expand & contract.
3 If your ceiling joists run parallel to your wires you could run
them across the ceiling but would requires a few small cuts to fish
I would go with option 2 and trim the drywall if needed. Shouldn't be
much trouble getting the wires up to the speakers unless like Ed said
you have fire blocking in the walls.
An electrician with remodeling experience is the right person for this
job. If your lucky you can find one to do it on the weekend off the
books since speaker wires probably don't need a permit.
be sure to install "in the wall" speaker wire (usually has white jacket)
not all speaker wire is made for concealed spaces.
| How would a contractor install 2 in-wall speakers in an existing first
| floor room (with bedroom above it)? Specifically, would the wiring be
| routed inside the wall to reach the audio equipment? Maybe along the
| floor? (except in my case we will be installing laminate flooring).
| How costly a job is this, with me supplying the speakers and wiring?
There are many ways to wire: Inside the walls, inside base/crown
molding, from above, from underneath, etc. In your case it sounds
like inside the base molding is a good idea. I hid mine inside the
crown molding and through the basement. The cost will vary depending
on the difficulty of the job and/or how you want it done. $20-40 an
hour is about right. Get three estimates, check references.
Actually, the speaker installation will be part of a much larger job,
which will include kitchen remodeling, laminate floor installation,
and ceiling smoothing. I will only be supplying the speakers. To
insure they will use the appropriate type of wiring, I was thinking of
also buying this myself.
There is a bedroom above and no basement below. It is a concrete slab
floor, and there are currently no moldings in this room.
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