Hide Audio and Video Cables

Hide audio & video cables when mounting a TV

Understanding all the ways audio and video cables can be hidden is critical for a professional television mounting.

With all the different kinds of audio and video cables and all the technologies that these cables share very often unplanned problems can happen that need a crafty fix.

Knowing the best ways to hide audio and video cables is a fantastic starting point to mount and install a television.

Track Molding < 1 Hour Installation

Track molding is the plastic-type trim with adhesive on the back and a hollow interior designed to hold wiring inside.

Open the track molding and insert the audio and video cables in the middle, then seal the track molding with the superior part, remove the adhesive cover, align the track molding and then press firmly against the surface.

The trim molding may also be decorated or painted, so it matches much better with the color of the wall.

Wall Fishing 1-2 Installation Hours

Wall Fishing is described as running audio and video cables inside a wall, and since there are different types of walls, this method can be a challenging task.

It involves cutting out two openings on the wall that will work as an outlet when the work is completed, then inserting a flexible rod inside the wall, and then guiding the adjustable rod to the other opening.

After successfully inserting the flexible rod, tape the audio and video cables to one end and route the cabling to the designated destination.

Drilling Through Studs 1 - 2 Installation Hours

When drilling holes through studs, a square opening of approximately 20 inches by 20 inches needs to be cut out on the drywall first.

Then a cordless drill holding a drill bit of at least one-inch diameter will need to be inserted in the opening, a hole will be required to be made through the wood stud, then the audio and video cables can be installed through the stud.

Some damage on the wall is expected due to wall notching or stud drilling and is anticipated with the procedure.

It is highly recommended to repair the wall opening only after making sure the television is mounted. The audio and video cables are connected correctly, and everything is fully functional.

Carpet Fishing 1 - 2 Installation Hours

Carpet fishing is required when audio and video cables need to be installed under the carpet. Just keep in mind that while fishing cables through a carpet fragile cables like optical or HDMI cables can easily bend and get damaged inside.

This particular method requires specially designed flat cables that can be easily installed between the carpet and its padding.

The cabling will be commonly directed through low-traffic areas to avoid wear or tear on the cables.

Starting by pulling up the carpet, typically around where the cabling would be run to or from. Next, feed carpeting tape from the beginning towards the end of the run and then tape the wiring tightly to the carpeting tape and then lastly fish the cabling through the carpet until the right location is reached.

This technique is best suited for two individuals - One to feed the cabling and the other one to help to pull the cable out of the carpet.

What's Necessary to Hide AV Cables

It is highly recommended that all the possible precautions are considered before installing audio and video cables inside the walls.

Following city and building regulations is paramount at all times when hiding cabling inside a wall.

Additionally, remember that fishing the cabling is only one part of what is necessary to install a television professionally.

And remember tv height, television mounts, types of audio and video cables, audio and video components to be integrated, and several more steps required to complete a project of this type need to be evaluated before even starting.