HDMI CABLES BROKE IN WALL-Gutted!

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  1. WeegyAVLover

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    Hi All,

    I had hoped that this weekend I would be posting pictures of my livingroom finished with all the furniture and AV kit installed.

    Unfortunately when I was putting TV on the wall and attaching cables the both HDMI connectors bent and they are now totally and utterly goosed.

    It has taken me nearly 3 hrs to bring myself to type this post so please be gentle with your responses... I am a man on the edge... Feel utterly gutted.

    Room is totally finished decor-wise but the plan was to have all the my AV kit in a cupboard with only speakers and TV on display.
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    My totally soul destroying plan at this moment in time (unless you kind AVF-ers have any other ideas) is:

    1) Gouge wall so I can get to cables and remove cables.
    2) buy new cables and run in wall channel
    3) replaster wall & paint.

    I think this has happened because there is not much room between brick and tv connections and the bracket I have is very close to the wall.

    I need some advice:

    Can anyone recommend a TV bracket that will give me a bit of clearance between the wall and rear of TV?
    HDMI cables for running in tight spaces? I know you can get swivel head HDMI connectors but some people have told me these are not great - views?

    Lastly a big shout out to my wife. When she was helping me do this and saw what happened and my reaction she has been awesome, just saying "we can fix it!" and "it will be all right". When I told her the steps above we are going to have to do to fix it she just said well I know how much it means to you so we will get it done and sorted. All she has asked is when it is redone I make sure I do it right so this does not happen again....

    God I Love her and she could bring a tear to a glass eye with comments like that!

    Thanks
    Col
     
  2. Dony

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    Sorry to hear that fella...it's every AVFer's nightmare. :thumbsdow

    How much of the wall would you need to open up to get it back to the way you want? My advice would be just to suck it in like a kick in the balls and get it redone as quickly as you can.

    Can you (or do you want to) post a pic so that we can see the space you are dealing with?
     
  3. Chox1988

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    I'd be livid if that happened here, sounds like we have a very similar setup wiring wise, if youve got socket type faceplates on the wall at either end of the cable is it not possible to take those off, pull the wire out from yanking at one end and then try to route a new one through the cavity by tieing it to something with more structure.

    Im sure i saw something on dragons den that allowed exactly that, its guts were essentially a metal coat hanger but designed just for getting wires through cavities without needing to tear walls apart
     
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    My extremely modest AV setup is on a sideboard unit which I sit at to watch TV and use my PC, and all the cables are at best draped down the back, within easy reach, should I want to. Making the cables easily accessible and free from stress on the connectors is one way of reducing costs.
     
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    You can get various right angle connectors which will work fine. I wouldn't worry about flexible ones
     
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    I feel your pain.

    Before you start gouging channels in the wall - you could try splicing on new connectors. You'll need a good 10 inches of exposed wire before the connector though. It would be difficult, but not impossible.... probably worth a try.

    Alternatively, Getting a pro in to do it may work out cheaper than the re plaster and paint.
     
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    Always do it in channel from the off :suicide:
     
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    Been using this for 2 years without complaint. Can reach behind and pull cables through the brush plate and turn on the LED's with ease.

    Tilt Plasma LCD TV Wall mount bracket 50 42 40 37 34 30 | eBay
     
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    2 options to consider -

    1- run a hdmi cable around the skirting board and hide it in cable conduit designed to look like beading .

    2- run a cable over the ceiling between the floorboards above the room in question between source and display so that you only have to chase out a channel in the plaster from ceiling to display ( some of which will be hidden by your display anyway .

    I used the latter in my cellar to connect a hdmi switch box to my PJ.
     
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    Why can't you pull a new cable? Just gaffa tape the new one to the mullered connector and tug...
     
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    The same thing has happened to me mate, I bought a new tv and when taking the old tv off the wall I forgot to remove the hdmi cable from the tv, and as I lifted the tv down it yanked the end of the hdmi cable off, the wall is a feature wall so not as easy as just ripping the cable out and then replastering and then painting as its covered in fancy wallpaper!!!!!
     
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    Did you just crush the metal connectors? You can re-terminate it as long as you have a few inches of slack. You might have a solderless option. Basically, break it open if you can and re-terminate it. No need for breaking plaster off.

    You just need a mate that's good with an iron any xbox modder could do it if you're crap for about £30.
     
  13. WeegyAVLover

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    Thanks

    Here is how it looks right now (please excuse te mess on the tables - it has been a rough day!)

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    You cannot see the cables & cannot bring myself to picture them. The gouge would have to be from middle of TV to bottom then from there to left of alcove.

    I am hoping a plasterer once I have replaced cables can finish the channel to a smooth unnoticeable finish... What are the chances?
     
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    Yup. I agree. Provided you duct tape the new and old cables together very well (but not so thick it will catch) can you not just pull a new cable through by pulling on the good end of the cable you destroyed.
     
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    Have you guys got any TV bracket & cable suggestions?
     
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    Its because hes actually plastered it into the wall, attaching duct tape and pulling would pull the plaster off
     
  17. WeegyAVLover

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    There is no trunking... I just have the cables in the wall and plastered over the top of them.... i know not ideal and wish I had done that.

    I think by doing what you are suggesting would not work.
     
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    With those ceiling lights washing over the wall, even a pinprick will show up.
     
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    If the plaster is still softish, but not too soft, you might get away with pulling it. Probably not, but I would try it before gouging into the plaster. Perhaps try seeing if there is any movement in the original cable by pulling it a little back and forth.
     
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    Plaster has so must moisture in it. When I got my hall plastered, my electrics tripped for 3 full days. Moisture got in the telephone line that I ran (no trunking). I had to run cables underneath my house to sort it...
     
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    It might turn out to be a blessing in disguise, I'd put in a channel/trunking now for future use. Better that you have to redo it now whilst you're still in the middle of decorating than ripping the place apart when it's all done!

    Hope it all gets re-done to your satisfaction! :)
     
  23. WeegyAVLover

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    absolutely no chance of me doing that....
     
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    problem is we have finished decorating and have just about finished moving our bits and bobs in the room... Arrghhh! I am getting emoitional :)

    As for moisture in the plaster... Doubt it... It was done in November so any moisture would have long since gone.

    But Yes conduit is a good idea and I am gonna try and fit it in.
     
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    There's some pic's in my set up link in my sig of how I did it with conduit in the wall.

    With the right tools (wall chaser with dust bag fitted), you could get it done pretty quickly with not too much disruption. The 2 runs you have to do, fitting and re-plastering could be done in a couple of hours.

    I appreciate it's very annoying, but I wouldn't stress yourself too much over this.
     
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    There are plenty of swinging arm brackets that allow you to have plenty of space to work behind the TV/Plasma and then fold them flat again. My TV/PC monitor is on one of these because the sets angled towards where I sit, and the standard brackets didn't have enough distance between the wall for the TV to be at the angle I needed. The one I bought has a plate for up to 38" TV's.

    Have a hunt around Ebay 'till you see one you like at the price you can afford.

    There is cable tubing on Ebay for use with HD cables. I used it in my sons room. It's not as good as burying it in plaster, but you won't have to go through that saga again of you use it.
     
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    You say the plugs are bent, just how badly damaged are they?

    It may help to post pics of the damage as we may be able to suggest ways/tools to help repair them. Got to be worth the effort of posting a picture before you rip the walls apart
     
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    Thanks I can do. But connections were bent and I thought at the time they were not that bad so bent them straight and the looked fine. However they simply don't work any more.
     
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    Anyone got any suggestions on what type of TV bracket to check out?

    Allowing TV to sit further off the wall an extra 1" or 2" would be good enough I think.
     
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