Hiding the Wiring for a Wall-Hung TV
Hanging the bracket is only half the battle.
Synopsis: Flat-panel TVs have become a common sight in many homes. Electrician Brian Walo says they work best as wall-hung installations, yet nothing detracts from the appearance of a wall-mounted TV more than a mess of cables and wires running down the wall behind it. Walo’s suggestion? Hide the wiring in the wall behind the TV. Before putting a TV on the wall, Walo says to read instructions for the mounting bracket thoroughly, then to install the bracket properly. After the bracket is in place, it’s time to install an outlet on the wall behind the TV. It’s great if the power source can come easily from the attic or basement, but if not, it might be necessary to open the wall to tap into nearby wiring. Finally, wire the A/V cable carefully, considering future upgrades and the need to separate line-voltage and low-voltage cables. This article includes sidebars about mounting brackets and about the correct way to install A/V cable so that it doesn’t lose signal because of electromagnetic interference.
There’s nothing better than shredding through the packaging on a new flat-panel television like a kid on Christmas morning. There’s also nothing worse than realizing that you have to figure out how to mount the TV and decide what to do with the wires.
Sure, it’s easy just to drop the new TV set onto the same entertainment center, console, or shelf that the old TV set rested on, but I think that a wall-hung installation is a more fitting choice. Yet nothing detracts from the sleek appearance of a wall-hung TV quite as much as a bunch of wires running down the wall. In-wall wiring is more complicated, but it provides a clean appearance that you’ll appreciate.