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hiding cables

Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by mark rosser, May 16, 2002.

  1. mark rosser

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    can anyone suggest a neat way of hiding the numerous cables that run around the edge of the most people's lounges.

    Does anyone know if there is such a thing as 'hollow' skirting board with a removable face to run cables in?

    I know i can channel them into the wall, but am trying to avoid this if possible as the cables go past patio windows and a fire place.

    cheers
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    my cheapest and neatest way is mini trunking... go to any good electrical retailer.. and get some 16mm (hieght) x 25mm ( width) white trunking, this can sit on top of the existing skirting and hides numerous cables... or you can go for 2 compartment trunking to seperate the signal cables from the power and speaker from the low level stuff... it can be painted too if the walls arent white..
     
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    There are 2 options that we have used at work.

    First is the MK plastic hollow skirting option (people who makes mains plugs, light switches etc.). This is designed for using in offices etc. and has upto 4 different comparments for running the cables. Available is many colours, from your local electrical specialist.

    2nd option is to put in box skirting, which is basically having your skirting set off the wall at the base and top using a couple of bits of wood.
     
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    A further issue...

    I'm lucky enough to have access behind my walls for cable runs. However, my soon to arrive CRT will be positioned in the middle of my floor. Anyone go any ideas for neat cable management from wall to room centre?

    At present I have a wooden floor which I don't want to lift. I am planning to put down carpet in the HC room and considered two layrs of underlay to help with sound insulation (attic conversion).

    Would this added thickness (2x underlay & 1 x carpet) give me enough height to hide cables (perhaps in a channel cut in the inderlay)

    Will I end up with a depression in my carpet where the cables run/ Has anyone done this?

    Thanks in advance

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    my brother is a carpet/ wood flooring fitter, he would never run cables directly under carpets that could have a lot of traffic on, for example my new house the previous owner had run the lead from the sky dish to the tv under the carpet accross the threshold of the door, just under the carpet and a channel cut in the underlay, not only will it damage the cable ( which it did) it also damages the back of the carpet, where there is excesive load on a single point.( carpet looked worn from the top with a distintive line )

    Its okay to tuck the odd lead round the edge of a room providing it doesnt affect the lay of the carpet, but i would seek another method in your case espicaly if you will be walking over it, and the number of cables.

    over to another specialist for the middle of the room problem, unless you lift the wooden floor
     
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    Dominic,

    Thanks for the insight.

    I would not be laying the under-carpet cable in an area of high traffic (dedicated HC room, from front of PJ to under screen).

    However, I take your points and what you describe is largely what I would expect. Any other ideas, anyone?

    Peter
     
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    When I fitted my rear surrounds I had a friend router out the floor boards to about 12mm wide and about 4mm deep to lay the cable in and then put the carpet tiles over it.
    Given that typical floorboards are about 18mm thickness and that I only cut the boards that were along the edges of the room well away from any foot traffic its work very well and you can only see the cable when it comes out at ends to conect to the speakers and the amp.
     
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    Marshall Tufflex are makers of all hi-impact (incase your misses decides to bash it with the vacuum) plastic skirting trunking and I believe it can also be painted. It mainly comes in black or white, but you can also get wood effect trunking now (ie. Mahogany or Pine)

    They've been in the business for yonks and can supply manufactured bends to suit. Theres a truck load of electrical wholesalers that can help you out here, try City Electrical factors (CEF), Newey & Erye, A C Electrical, AMP or Edmundsons. These are probably the biggest, dont go to B&Q or the likes of, their charge you the earth (If they stock it, which is unlikely). This stuff is dear though even after a main account discount, but it will look like real skirting board.
     

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