1. Join Now

    AVForums.com uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Skirting Boards with cable fixings

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Building DIY' started by 1ofaKind, Nov 21, 2004.

  1. 1ofaKind

    1ofaKind
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2002
    Messages:
    233
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Midlands
    Ratings:
    +4
    Hi All,

    In the November Issue of essential Hi-fi and home cinema there is an article on stands. They show a picture of a usa only :( skirting board which comes with a trunking kit. The trunking goes on the wall to run your speaker cable etc then the skirting board clips onto the trunking. Seemed a neat solution and was wondering if anyone had any experience of a similar product in the UK or is it going to be the old fashioned put trunking at the base of the plaster and put the skirting on as normal?

    Cheers
     
  2. TheChump

    TheChump
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    I'm looking for something similar as well, if anybody can help. Did think of buying ordinary skirting board and routing out a channel in the back, but then had to think of something to attach the skirting board to the wall for easy access - even Velcro came to mind!! :laugh: :laugh:

    If there's something a lot neater out there, I'll be happy to hear about it.

    OK, I've done a little bit of research :lesson: :lesson: and there's plenty of PVC skirting trunking available. However, most of it appears to be for commercial premises (at commercial prices too). Is there anything available for domestic use at a decent price? MK electric seem to to a particularly nice and straightforward version, but haven't been able to price it, yet. Link at;

    http://www.mkelectric.co.uk/products/item.asp?itemid=1114&rangeid=1028
     
  3. 1ofaKind

    1ofaKind
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2002
    Messages:
    233
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Midlands
    Ratings:
    +4
    Well I have emailed the company in question to see if they have a UK distributor or if its import only.

    The web site from the magazine article is

    www.wiretracks.com

    I'll post back what they reply. :thumbsup:
     
  4. richgtfc

    richgtfc
    Standard Member

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2003
    Messages:
    129
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    19
    Location:
    Edinburgh
    Ratings:
    +0
    Have a look at this

    Cheers
    Rich
     
  5. Dade

    Dade
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    I used to work for a company that used to do installs in hotels etc and the way they used to do things was to make the skirting in-house with the back hollowed out. It was then fixed to the wall with plastic clips. the plastic clips were screwed to the wall these would then fint into a 'dovetail' groove in the skirting. the bonus when using this method of fixing skirting, besides the ability to run cables behind it is that you can carry out all the painting and finishing before you fix it.

    I think you would get these clips from a joinery specialist. I cant recall the manufacturer, sorry.
     
  6. TheChump

    TheChump
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    The wiretracks system just seems to be trunking at the base of the plasterboard! That is, cut 100mm etc. off from the base of the plasterboard and slot the trunking in in its place. The standard skirting can then be placed over the top of it. I would think you could do this with any standard trunking, dependant on size, of course, which is going to save you a lot of money! I think there are tidier solutions available. I've found a local distributor for the MK electric skirting trunking - I'll price it today and come back to you.
     
  7. 1ofaKind

    1ofaKind
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2002
    Messages:
    233
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Midlands
    Ratings:
    +4
    Maybe I've interpreted the piccys wrong but the way it looked to me & my dad when we saw it was that the skirting board has the opposite half of the trunking built in and then just clips on. This would in theory mean you don't need to screw the skirting board on and its much easier to mess about with the cables.

    I will most likely end up putting some slightly deeper trunking at the base of the plaster and then just put the skirting on as normal. I was initially only going to route speaker cables but might need to route a DVI/VGA cable aswell which are a bit thicker than some of these systems can deal with.

    Keep us posted on how you progress :thumbsup:
     
  8. TheChump

    TheChump
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    OK, I've taken a further look at the wisetracks system and it definitely is only trunking at the base of the plasterboard - information taken directly from the web-site as follows.

    WireTracks is a wiring channel system that you install behind your baseboard molding. WireTracks consists of a wiring channel that is installed in plane with your drywall and a wiring channel cover. After you attach standard baseboard molding to the wiring channel cover, they become an integrated unit. When you want to add new wiring, simply remove the cover, install the wire, and replace the cover. Adding new wiring has never been easier.

    However, the skirting must attach itself directly to the trunking, either by adhesive or tape, to become an 'integrated unit'. I think it'll end up being much cheaper to do it yourself, to be honest - just use their idea (and improve on it if you can!!)

    I've priced the MK Electric 'Lincoln' skirting trunking at the local Newey & Eyre electrical depot - for a 3m length of 85mm high by 20 mm deep two compartment skirting trunking it works out as £13.60 + VAT - for a grand total of £15.98 for each 3m. I believe they're supplied in packs of 5, so 15m in total for £80. Not a bad price, to be honest, compared to some of the more commercial trunking I've seen. The trunking requires additional internal and external corners as well, which would bump up the price (knowing the way these things work, it'll probably be where they make the money :laugh: :laugh: )

    I think I'm going to end up doing it myself - I'll rip out the bottom 80mm of plasterboard and slot in a 60mm or so piece of trunking and attach one side to the breezeblock wall and the other side to the skirting. It should end up a neat looking job, but with my DIY skills who knows..........
     
  9. TheChump

    TheChump
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    Also popped into B&Q Warehouse this evening just for a look and a bit of a price comparison - surprise, surprise, they also do two different types of skirting trunking. However, they're between £13 and £14 each just for a 2m length, so the MK version doesn't seem that pricey after all. :) :)

    Also took a look at the ordinary PVC cable trunking. The most suitable one was one compartment about 16mm deep by about 38mm high (really wanted a 2 compartment one about 60mm high) and a 3m length was just over £4. The only problem was once both halves were attached together they were very difficult to prise apart again. I think that attaching ordinary skirting board to one side of this isn't going to work as it'll be very difficult to detach and reattach it again :( :(

    Still thinking at the moment what to do...........
     
  10. A[L]C

    A[L]C
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2002
    Messages:
    445
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Ratings:
    +9
    Very old thread, but was wondering what you went for in the end and where you got it from
     
  11. Dave_Gregory

    Dave_Gregory
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2006
    Messages:
    99
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Ratings:
    +8
    I looked into this when I was running my speaker cables round the room, and skirting trunking is a great idea until you get to a doorway and then you are stuffed :confused: Also you will need to do the whole room in the same stuff regardless of where the entry and exit points are so that it doesnt look odd and that can be expensive.

    Dave

    wow just noticed how old the thread was eek !!!
     
  12. IWC Dopplel

    IWC Dopplel
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2008
    Messages:
    3,632
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    103
    Location:
    Hertfordshire
    Ratings:
    +341
    All my cables are hidden behind skirting. If you have an old style house you can fit skirting with 25mm clearance from the floor then over the top screw MDF to the front with the cable now hidden. Also cheaper than buying replacement deep skirting boards
     

    Attached Files:

  13. DaveCHCI

    DaveCHCI
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2006
    Messages:
    50
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Location:
    Staffordshire
    Ratings:
    +5
    There was something very similar on Dragons Den for covering gas/water pipes! Obviously it failed when Duncan kicked through it! :rotfl:
     

Share This Page

Loading...