media cabinet #1: demolition and wiring

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Blog entry by rasp posted 04-01-2012 05:55 PM 2300 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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my parents took off to mexico for two weeks. it’s a good place for em. anyways, i figured i’d surprise them upon their return.

my dad wants to hang his 52” sharp TV on the wall. so last thursday after they left for the airport, I took out an old drywall knife and started cutting away. I used tapcons to attach a length of 2×4 to the block wall. I covered that 2×4 with a thin piece, and then another full size 2×4 to make it flush with the front edge of the framing.

I had to move two studs further apart (4 inches~) to allow for a box to fit in between them. I fit an L-shaped 2×4 beam in between the studs to support the weight of the media box. all the wiring runs through the 2×4 wall into the utility room. I used a piece of 3/4” inside diameter flexible PVC conduit. Inside this conduit, an ethernet cable, a coax cable (just incase), HDMI cable, and speaker wire, for the center channel speaker. the HDMI plug was a bit too wide to fit through the conduit. i had to file down to the two sides of the plug so it’d fit through. if you can find it, i would suggest 1” inside diameter for future projects like this.

I don’t have any experience with serious electrical stuff, so I called in a handyman. He added a receptacle in the utility room and relocated another one to behind the television mount. he is coming back to repair the drywall in a few days.

This is as far as I’ve gotten. I have a 3/4” sheet of maple plywood in the garage. I haven’t made a concrete plan for the media cabinet itself yet.

will be cutting that sheet up soon though. parents come back this thursday!

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#1 posted 04-02-2012 01:39 AM

better get crak’n, drywall is a slow painful process that I hate

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#2 posted 04-03-2012 07:37 AM

This is probably too late, but would this have been a good solution?

Datacomm 50-3323-WH-KIT Flat Panel TV Cable Organizer Kit with Power Solution

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#3 posted 04-03-2012 03:12 PM

Yeah, too late. Drywall is up. thanks though. i was looking for something like that in home depot and they didn’t have it. 50 dollars is quite a bit of money. I bought two new boxes, a few receptacles, it came to 12 dollars or so.

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