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#356640 - 10/14/11 09:01 PM Good looking wiring?
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Now, I know this has been discussed ad nauseum, but now that I've moved into a house I own and have had professionally painted, I'm pondering the best way to mount and wire my QS8s.

The house doesn't have a crawl space or basement, and the attic is extremely cramped--in other words, I don't know if I can even get OVER to the right side of the living room, much less do anything when I get there.

The living room walls are pale green with a darker green under a white chair rail. I don't want to do what I did with the last place, which is run cables up the corners and down the edge of the ceiling to the speakers using foam tape. I discovered to my dismay how bad an idea that was when we moved out...

Any advice? I'm not a great painter, and we did just have the place painted for a pretty penny, so I'm less inclined to put up wire and paint over it. Still, it would be nice to have surround sound again.
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#356641 - 10/14/11 11:12 PM Re: Good looking wiring? [Re: Ken.C]
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I'm on a concrete slab and what I did was, I took the trim from around the carpet and ran the wire under the trim. Then I fished the wire in the wall out to the surrounds.
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#356652 - 10/15/11 02:22 AM Re: Good looking wiring? [Re: Wid]
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How good are you at fishing wires? Could you add a crown molding to the ceiling?
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#356661 - 10/15/11 08:14 AM Re: Good looking wiring? [Re: jakewash]
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I've never fished wire or put in a crown molding! Maybe?

OTOH, my wife informed me last night that she doesn't have a problem with exposed wire, and we could "just paint it!"

Aaaand I just mentioned the crown molding and she says "oooh!"

So.

Rick, I forgot to mention we've got Pergo in the living room, otherwise I would have been all over the carpet idea.
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#356664 - 10/15/11 10:24 AM Re: Good looking wiring? [Re: Ken.C]
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Ken, the wire is not under the carpet it is behind the base board.
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#356665 - 10/15/11 10:31 AM Re: Good looking wiring? [Re: Wid]
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Ohhhhhh... I see. So basically you just pried off the baseboard stuck the wire behind it and nailed it back on? That could be doable.

I suspect I'm going to be running into framing in the wall, like David. Probably have to do a surface mount of some kind.
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#356666 - 10/15/11 11:49 AM Re: Good looking wiring? [Re: Ken.C]
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Prying off that baseboard is not the easiest thing to do. I've destroyed mine everytime I've removed it.

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#356667 - 10/15/11 01:44 PM Re: Good looking wiring? [Re: CatBrat]
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Ken with the Pergo flooring there should be a 1/4" space between the wall and the flooring that is covered up with some type of moulding (shoe or quarter round usually). The gap is allowing for expansion of the flooring, you may want to research whether or not it is advisable to run wire within that gap ... I would probably think not. With carpet you'll not have that issue with the wires.
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#356682 - 10/15/11 08:52 PM Re: Good looking wiring? [Re: RickF]
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Yeah, don't pull the baseboard, pull the shoe molding or quarter round. If you break it, you can get a cheap mitre hand saw kit. Shoe molding does not have to be the accurate on the 45's
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#356687 - 10/15/11 11:57 PM Re: Good looking wiring? [Re: Argon]
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I have never once had an issue with the baseboard breaking pulling it off, solid wood nor MDF boards, perhaps just very lucky but I am very careful to only pull it out a little at a time and as evenly as possible along the length of the board.
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