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02-20-2007, 12:35 PM
I'm installing in-walls in my new house and forgot to run the wires out to where the speakers will be mounted before the drywall got installed. Right now the wires come out behind the 50' Plasma. I was wondering if anybody has sliced thru the dry-wall, shoved a speaker wire in to where the new speaker will be and then install the speaker and finally re-mud the strip where the speaker wire will be. Anybody have any other sugggestions? How about a suggestion on in-walls in the 200-400 range.

Dusty Chalk
02-20-2007, 02:02 PM
Yeah, it's a bit more work, what with the chicken wire (to hold the drywall compound in place) and scraping and sanding and everything. At this point, you should do the cutting and running, but save the repairing for when the rest of the house is finished.

02-20-2007, 10:07 PM
Has your drywall been textured and painted?

There is no reason you can't cut a groove in the drywall and
put the speaker wire in the drywall. Like Dusty says, it's a bit
more work with re-mudding and sanding, etc. I've done this
before with good results.....the groove in the drywall was done
by running a large drill bit (at an angle) where the wire was to be run.

resulted in a "v" type groove instead of going thru all the drywall.

Run the wire through the groove, and mud as usual. The re-mud is
probably a 3 day process (mud, sand, mud, sand, etc). Once the
groove has been filled, then it's time to put a texture on the drywall.
You can put a texture on the wall by using a "texture in a spray can"
($10). You can use fine, medium, or heavy texture according to size
of the "straws" that comes with the spray can. (heavy, medium, light).

My house is an older house, and the walls are not textured. But
there is a light texture due to painting over the years. Thus I use a
light texture when going over drywall.

If your wall has not been textured or painted then the
process of course will be simple....good luck, Vardo