Panasonic TH-PWD8BK - A step by step illustrated installation

Aled Mann

Standard Member
Please find below photographs of the installation of my Panasonic TH-42PWD8BK which took place yesterday (August 20th 2006) by http://www.northerndigital.co.uk

As you can see from the pictures below they were absolutely professional throughout and listened to all my comments. They offered sound advice on the best settings for my equipment and more importantly took maticulous care in their work. They were constantly double checking every step of the process making sure everything was ok whilst vaccuming excess mess at any given opportunity. I can't reccomend them enough.

I am very happy with the result they've given and all that's left for me to do now is finish decorating the room!

Thanks again lads for your sterling work. :thumbsup:

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My lovely assistant Alice ;) x



The boys get the brackets up!



Preperation for the cabling begins.



That's the cabling finished!



Such tidy lads! Always cleaning up as they go. :smashin:



In go the fuses and the plastering.



Here goes nothing!



That's 1 panasonic pwd8 and 1 Yamaha YSP-1000 mounted rock solid on the wall.



*Click!* The screen comes to life!



Now connected to a Denon 1920 DVD player, we fire up Lord of the Rings. The sound and picture are incredible.



And here's the (almost) finished result! Now all that's left is for us to finish off the decorating! :D

 

sapper

Active Member
Enjoy the world of Plasma :)

Adrian
 

[email protected]

Novice Member
Looks excellent.

What is the distance from the seat to the screen? My room looks a similar size and Im thinking that 37" might be a better size.

Also how do you find the virtual surround so far? Very appealing because it looks so clean. Do you plan on adding a sub?
 

Aled Mann

Standard Member
Cheers Sapper! :D

The room is just over 3m wide [email protected], so Im sitting about 2.5m away. I wanted a 37" too but the 37PWD8 was more expensive than the 42PWD8 so I thought sod it, I'll go for it! Im glad I did though because when you're sat down it totally immerses you. It's class! :thumbsup:

The sound from the Yamaha is simply outstanding too. I won't be going the sub route just yet as I'm totally skint, but once it was callibrated, Tom the installer cranked it up during Lord of the Rings and in one scene, there was a loud banging on a door and all 4 of us looked out the patio window at the same time. We could swear that the sound was coming from outside! It was very weird but very cool!

So yeah, so far I'm really pleased with it! Once the room is finished I'll post up the final result. :)
 

pyrotenax

Active Member
Very nice Aled Mann , nice and neat :). Although looking at the picture below , doesnt look very professional :nono:

 

compo

Standard Member
looks like you have neck ache to come as set looks a little too high at that distance from seating and the way they have put the electrical wire's on a diagonal in your wall is ileagal under current regs.
 

Steve Zodiac

Active Member
compo said:
looks like you have neck ache to come as set looks a little too high at that distance from seating and the way they have put the electrical wire's on a diagonal in your wall is ileagal under current regs.
Did you notice his lovely assistant Alice? I doubt Aled will be looking at the screen much!
 

rayferry

Active Member
I don't know who or what is sexier, the screen or Alice!!!

Only one choice really

Alice, Alice, Alice.
 

Aled Mann

Standard Member
compo said:
looks like you have neck ache to come as set looks a little too high at that distance from seating and the way they have put the electrical wire's on a diagonal in your wall is ileagal under current regs.
Personal preference. Its fine where it is for us. We had it held there before we installed it; and if you notice the drawing on the wall you'll see we initially had it much higher than that! Its also on a tilting bracket, for those "I want to lie down" moments.

Interestingly, why is that cabling illegal?
 

Steve Zodiac

Active Member
Aled Mann said:
Interestingly, why is that cabling illegal?
I'm not an electrician, but if that load of cables includes a mains voltage, then I think it's supposed to be run in a vertical direction only.
 

rayferry

Active Member
Steve Zodiac said:
I'm not an electrician, but if that load of cables includes a mains voltage, then I think it's supposed to be run in a vertical direction only.
I would like to see a house that only has the mains cables running vertically.
Also I can confirm that mains supply cables have no knowledge of the direction they are installed.
 

Steve Zodiac

Active Member
According to compo's profile he is an electrician, so I hope he would know.

rayferry:

Obviously cables run horizontally under the floor and in attic etc; we're talking about cables buried in walls here!

Not really sure what you mean by: "Also I can confirm that mains supply cables have no knowledge of the direction they are installed."
 

rayferry

Active Member
I am trying to think of a good reason why you could not run a mains cable in any direction you wanted. Your mains cables are buried in your walls in the same way as this installation in plastic conduit. In the photographs they have used square plastic trunking to route the cables up to the installation. I would maybe have an issue with running mains supplies so close to signal cables, and in an ideal world it maybe best to use to longer route but as far as I can see there is nothing wrong with routing the mains cables at this angle. I don't have the regs to hand but would be interested in reading up on the reasons.
 

Steve Zodiac

Active Member
It's simply down to safety reasons. I you (or anyone) runs cables diagonally in the walls and the they know (and remembers) where the cables actually are, then that's fair enough I suppose - though not according to the regs I suspect.

What the regs are for is to also ensure the safety of anyone else moving into the property. If someone new to the property decides to attach something to the wall, thinking it's not above or below a socket or switch so should be ok, then get their drill out and bang - they didn't expect a cable there! I would probably use a metal/electricity detector first, but not everone does.

Anyway, it's not my field as I said before. Hopefully compo or another electrician will put us right. :)
 

rayferry

Active Member
From the safety aspect you are quite correct Steve, but as you say unless you check it's possible to drill into a cable at whatever angle it's installed.
 

Steve Zodiac

Active Member
Looking at the photos again (especially the first!), it looks as though the mains supply may not be in the diagonal run.
 

pyrotenax

Active Member
Just to clarify ....

Concealed cables at a depth of less than 50mm from the surface of the wall or partition must not be routed diagonally , except where protected as described in Regulation 522-06-06 (i) to (iii) (e.g. earthed metallic covering or earthed metalic enclosure). Cable capping is unlikely to be suitable.

I also hope it was installed by a competent person who has a minimum of Part P qualification. I also hope the installer did all associated electric tests on the *addition* and left you with a completed Minor Works certificate.
 

Steve Zodiac

Active Member
plasmad00d said:
Concealed cables at a depth of less than 50mm from the surface of the wall or partition must not be routed diagonally , except where protected as described in Regulatio 522-06-06 (i) to (iii) (e.g. earthed metallic covering or earthed metalic enclosure). Cable capping is unlikely to be suitable.
I take it this wouldn't apply if all the cables in the diagonal run are low voltage cables, i.e. not mains?
 

andyr300

Active Member
cant we get an after photo with alice like the before pose,but with the plasma in...and alice in it aswel

did i mention to get alice in the photo?
 

alicelou

Standard Member
Unfortunaty another photo with me and the screen will not be gracing this forum anytime soon but thanks for the intrest... :)
 

dazzlew

Active Member
I had my PX60 installed by Tom back over a month ago, I just haven't yet got round to putting up my pictures. Overall I was very pleased with the result too and can recommend him also.
 
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Gobbler

Guest
How come you decided to have the plasma installed so high? I've noticed people do this often.. like put it above a fireplace etc.

Would it not be easier to watch if it's at head height when seated so you can look straight at it?

Either way, that Yamaha thing looks fantastic. I want one pls.
 

alicelou

Standard Member
Haha!! I wouldn`t know where to start but it looks good though, i am really impressed with it and the guys were very professional throughout!
 

dazzlew

Active Member
Gobbler said:
How come you decided to have the plasma installed so high? I've noticed people do this often.. like put it above a fireplace etc.

Would it not be easier to watch if it's at head height when seated so you can look straight at it?

Either way, that Yamaha thing looks fantastic. I want one pls.
If you look closely at the pictures there is an outline of a fireplace surround just below the plasma wallmount.
 
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ProjectorBoy

Guest
just a quick note to all the experts ! The mains cable is not in the trunking with the signal cable it takes a different route to the mains socket and terminated behind the screen by a 5 amp switched fused spur. The vacuum altho it is plugged in to the socket for those of you who dont know is a dewalt which runs on batteries as well as mains and at no time was there any danger of electric shock. Regarding the height when sat on the sofa the screen is at a comfortable height with no strain on the neck. Everbody is entitled to there opinion but up to now i have had no complaints on the quality of my workmanship.

Tom Hodkin
Northern Digital Solutions
 

hornydragon

Well-known Member
plasmad00d said:
I also hope it was installed by a competent person who has a minimum of Part P qualification. I also hope the installer did all associated electric tests on the *addition* and left you with a completed Minor Works certificate.
THis only applies to to the mains work and not the AV cabling.

Many people have plasma installed too high just because they choose where it goes while standing up (its a brave installer who decides to mount it elsewhere, other than where the client specified it!) But its loks a very nice clean install and all credit to Tom Hodkin and his team.
 

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