I have a new plasma TV that I'll be mounting to a wall. The wall has a
power outlet about 4-5 feet below. Is it going to be okay for me to
simply drill a small hole behind the TV and run the power cord down to
the base of the wall, drill another small hole, pull it out and plug it
into the outlet? Ideally, I'd also like to run the satelite cables in
that same space behind the wall (they are component cables), anyone see
issues? I guess the main problem would be that the cables will be
exposed behind the wall but I don't know how to tell if they are safe
for that type of thing. However, with the way I see most nice
entertainment systems all having "hidden" wires, I'd think it's okay.
By the way, this is an interior wall.
Extensions cords are meant for temporary use only. What you're describing is a
If you're willing to fork over the dough for a plasma TV, don't be a tightwad on
install. Get an electrician to move the outlet higher up, and plug the TV in
This shouldn't cost you too much, and the final result will be much nicer.
Video and audio cables can be run in the wall cavity without problems. They
"exposed" any more than the rest of your household wiring - the wires aren't
Thanks for the reply. Is the power cord that comes with the TV
considered an extenstion cord? Even if I move the plug up I'll still
be using the power cord to plug the TV in. I take it the power cord is
a hazard to be run in the wall?
I don't know the code name for it but bottom line is it is an appliance cord
whether it plugs a lamp in or a TV.
Your best bet is to locate a box up the wall and plug in there if you don't
want to run some sort of wire mould.
no. no 110 volt cords in the wall i know they can cause fires.
you'll want an electrician to install an outlet for you. the rest of
the low voltage stuff is not a fire hazard in that way.
maybe cover the wiring with a nice dvd rack?
With some possible exceptions power cords are not allowed inside a wall.
You can do what I did (I had other reasons not to enter that wall or I would
have put all the wires in it including proper cable.) and run some plastic
conduit on the wall surface. I even painted the conduit the same color as
the wall. You can buy conduit made just for that kind of use.
Install an outlet behind the TV. You can also install a cable
outlet in back of the TV, preferably at least foot away from the
On 21 Mar 2006 17:10:05 -0800, email@example.com wrote:
The only real issue is if it were an outside wall because of the vapour
You'd be safe doing what you want... It doesn't restrict the wiring any more
than a conduit would. You just want to avoid having any joints/plugs/etc.
inside the wall.
All true, but if you sell your house, you don't want to have any
slipshod, non-code AC Wiring in the walls. If there is a fire, you
could be liable.
Even if you own the house, say it burns down because of something
illegal you did. Your fire insurance company would have a case for
not paying the claim.
I would not run a power cable from an appliance inside a wall.
Also I would not run the cable coax or any video feed in the same cavity because
there is a possibility of interferance cause by the EMF of the power cable.
Are u mounting the TV on an outside wall? If no, its piece of cake to snake a
romex wire up the wall to install a old construction outlet box.
Also reconsider mounting the TV on wall. What will happen if u decide to change
the room around? By a nice piece of furniture to place it on. Mounting flat
screens on the wall is sooooo 2001 and its consider tacky in my neck of the
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