How to Install, Repair or Conceal Home Theater Wiring
The wiring of various electronic units and systems has been a way of life for decades. It may have started when someone added a speaker to a handheld radio. It continues through today, with home theaters including several speakers and additional units such as Blu-Rays and standard DVD players.
Pre-wiring is part of the home theater installation specialist’s duties, but when it comes to the tasks required to install, repair or conceal home theater wiring, an electronics technician might be required, as well. The technician must know how to figure out home theatre wiring solutions, such as reading schematics, joining wires together, attaching clamps and cables, thread wiring through small areas and understanding the layout for the speakers and other units in the system. A contractor will know when an electrician is needed to implement your design and begin wiring the home theatre.
Some Tools used with Home Theater Wiring
Tools needed to repair or conceal for wiring home theater include crimps, used to connect cables and wire cutters and strippers. Wires that run across crawl spaces and along ceilings or inside the walls are easier to place with telescoping poles. It is important to know how to use and read a multimeter, which shows the output of voltage and current, as all systems and units draw various amounts of power. It is easy to overload and trip the circuit breaker in configuring home theatre wiring solutions. Conversion to a low-voltage home theater power system reduces this problem and power bills.
Confirm you have the right wiring and cables for the job and verify there are no harsh bends, breaks or damage to the wire, since that will stop or interfere with signal and sound. The conductor, which carries the signal, is also a receiver and depends on shielding to filter interference. There are several different types of connectors for your home theater system setup, so choose the right connections to match. Use the right gauge of speaker wire. Repair or replace damaged wiring right away. Avoid long runs of cable, which are a safety hazard and can interfere with signal.
Benefits of Grouping and Concealing Wiring for Home Theater Systems
Determine how the wire will be gathered or concealed. Your home theater plan should show the placement for each part of the system, with speakers set up to provide the best sound possible. Neat, clean wiring and an inviting ambience delivered by good placement of the separate input and output units makes the system attractive and perform as it is should.
Measure the cable before cutting it, leaving enough length to slide the TV forward when you need to get behind it. Surround sound involves dozens of wires that can be put into special tubing rather than having disorganized wires running down the wall and across the floor. Organize or hide speaker wires with cable clips, which have an adhesive that attaches to areas such as desks or walls. An orderly display avoids tripping hazards. Prewired baseboards fit into the home décor as if they were always there.
The California State Contractors Board requires a C7 contractor license for installs of communications and low voltage systems, such as sound systems. A C10 electrical contractor license is required to install electrical wires, fixtures or raceways.