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How To Hide Your TV Wires in 30 Minutes – DIY

How To Hide Your TV Wires in 30 Minutes – DIY


Hello, my name is Nils from DIYNils.com and in this video I’m going to be showing you how to get rid of these unsightly wires and add an outlet behind your wall-mounted TV in a professional and code-compliant way – all in about an hour. Before we get started with today’s project, I want to thank our Sponsor DataComm Electronics. DataComm is the maker of High quality audio/video components a couple of which you’re going to see in the video here not only their 4k HDMI cable but specifically their organizer kit that’s going to make this whole thing possible and easy to do. You can find links to this product as well as their website in the description below. Just a quick caveat before we get too far along, the type of project We’re doing today is for drywall with timber framing like this where you’ve got 16 inch studs on center with some bays in between them. That’s kind of a requirement for what we’re doing here today If you have solid walls like brick, concrete, stone, anything like that, I recommend you use some cable channeling or a different way to do this That’s not going to work for the project that we’re doing today To get started with this project the first thing we need to do is take down the TV and remove all of the existing wiring, the plugs, everything that we can to get a clean surface to work with. With the TV removed and the cabling and wires and everything gone as well We’re ready to go ahead and check the area to find out where it is that we’re going to want to put our top plate and our bottom plate First we’re going to check the studs, see where they are and we’re also going to check for fire blocks to see if there’s anything in our way, so I’m just using the stud finder here, and we see there’s one right there and Then there should be another one 16 inches away. Now one easy way to quickly determine about where your studs are going to be if you look at the receptacles that you’ve already got, outlets or Cable boxes, anything like that, they’re almost always going to be attached to a stud and in this case It looks like each of these is on the right side of a stud So there should be a stud right to the left of either of these. There’s not one there and then there’s one right here next to it and then same thing over this direction one right there next to it so we can use that and Figure out where the bay is so this is all open in here, but I’m also going to run the stud finder up What I’m checking for is what are called fire blocks which are horizontal pieces of 2×4 That run in between and they’re usually about halfway up the wall so we want to make sure there aren’t any of those that we Have to work around. If you do have those and you can still do this project. It’s a little more complicated because you have to cut the drywall, Drill through it and then feed your wires through it, patch your drywall, so it’s a little bit more work But it definitely can be done and shouldn’t stop you from doing it with our studs [marks] We’re going to go ahead and use the templates that come with the kit to mark where the top Receptacle and bottom receptacle are going to go one thing to keep in mind is the receptacles do have little wings that are used to hold them on in the drywall these are not mounted to the stud itself like an outlet would be for example so you don’t want to put your templates or your receptacles right up against the Stud here because that’s going to get in the way I’m going to move out just a little bit. Another thing to keep in mind Is that on the bottom section there’s going to be an extension cord so I can actually put my my template over here if I Wanted it to be over here and have the one above it. That’s fine I can just run an extension cord. If I want it over here I could do that and just run the extension cord. What really is important is that the top receptacle and bottom receptacle are in the same bay; they’re in between the same two studs. I’m going to put one right about here. I’ve got a stud right here. I’m going to put one just a couple inches away from it Now the stud finder I’m using actually has a level built into it. I’m just going to use that to make sure that the Template is nice and level Right there. I’m just going to use that to help me out, get this nice and straight. Then I’ll just follow along the template do the same thing on the bottom When it comes to cutting out the actual pieces there’s a couple things to make this really easy. First I’m going to use a screw and drive it into the middle of this Any kind of screw will do And that’s just going to act as a handle to make sure that when I cut out the piece It doesn’t drop back into the wall then I’m going to use a Jab saw which is basically a little saw with a point on it That’s meant for cutting drywall To cut out the square if you don’t have a jab saw you can definitely use a box cutter or a utility knife to Score around here, and just make several passes until you get all the way through and that’ll work just fine, too But since I have a jab saw I’m going to go ahead and use it Now on this last piece I’m going to hold on to the handle so I can keep a grip on it as I cut it free and out it comes. Now in my case, you can see that it’s totally hollow back here. This is an interior wall, which is not insulated. Sometimes interior walls are insulated Or you might be mounting the TV onto an exterior wall when it’s facing the outside. In either case if you have some insulation in here, Then you just want to make sure to do shallow cuts so that you don’t get the tip of the saw snagged on there. You can definitely still do this installation if you have insulated walls as well. It’s a little bit more tricky to work around it, but it works just fine. Toward the end of this video. I’ll show you an installation in an insulated wall. Now this next part I’m going to show you is completely optional. It’s not required for this project, but I think it’s going to make this a little bit better, so I’m going to go ahead and do this. If you’re worried at all about bugs or insects or anything like that This is the way to go now the wires that I’m going to feed through here there’s going to be an opening from here to there and if I want to seal that off, Then I’m going to use this pipe to do it. I picked this up at the hardware store It’s called a six foot bilge and pump discharge hose. It cost about $8. The nice thing about this versus the audio/video hoses that you can find is that it’s completely sealed It’s not cut down the side or perforated or anything like that And it’s got these sections every foot or so that allow you to cut it to size. So I can take something like this, and I can see that if I cut one right here Then that’s about all I need. It’s about four feet of this it looks like. I’m just going to take some scissors This is soft enough that even a regular pair of scissors will cut right through it okay, and now I’ve got myself a channel that I’m going to run my audio-video wires through my low voltage wiring through and That will run them from the top to the bottom Another reason you might want to use a hose like this or some sort of channel is because if there’s some new technology that comes along for example something after HDMI Then I can actually just run that through or if I need to add additional cables, remove cable, I can just feed them through here And it won’t be any trouble to find them from here to there even after the plates are already installed Now with my low-voltage pipe cut to size I’m ready to actually connect it to my top receptacle, so what I’m going to do for that – and again, this is optional, but I think you just make life a little easier later. I’m going to set it up So where I squeeze it and it fits right in there, and I’ve got a nice little place for my AV cables to drop through. I just happen to have some white electrical tape that I purchased to fix some of my my mac wires that are getting a little Little Iffy, so I’m going to take a length of this just kind of tape this in place. Tape my Tube in place Onto the back of the receptacle here. I’m going to run this around several times. Alright now It’s all sealed up again an optional step but just something to keep in mind if you’re worried about Pests or critters or if you just want to make sure that this pipe is going to stay in place So that you can feed other wires more easily even after the kit’s installed. Next I’m going to make sure my tabs are in Just like this, so if the wings are out like that then it’s not going to fit in the hole properly So I’m just going to make sure these tabs are all in and then I’m going to drop first my electrical wire down Again, this is rated for use in a wall. So this is up to code and ready to go And then I’m going to drop in my Av Tube push both down in there And put this in bottom first check all the little tabs, or wings make sure they’re in good Okay It’s going to be a little tight because of this tube. It’ll swing in. Okay Catching on… …that. Okay there we go. Push that in Once you’ve got that then we’re going to use a screwdriver And we’re going to make sure to do this part by hand. You don’t want to use a power drill, for example, and over-tighten these wings I’m going to push it flush up against there and As soon as I twist it to the right it’s going to flip the wings down so they can start to grab on to the drywall, and you’ll feel it kind of snug up. There we go. And it’s ready and now it’s staying in place the same with the other three as well. Now with the top piece installed, we’re ready to pull the bottom pieces through. Mine are just sitting right there. Okay, I’ve got plenty of extra on the electrical cable, and then I should have just a little bit extra there. And this is flexible so I can pull on this just a little bit but I’ve got my pipe ready and My electrical wire ready so now we’re going to do a little bit of prep work on our bottom receptacle to get it all hooked up. I went ahead and coiled up some of this excess wire that I’ve got here. If you want to you can optionally cut this and re-splice the wires or re-strip the wires. These are all stripped already which makes this really convenient. I’m just going to remove these labels they basically say white to white, black to black and this bare one goes to your to your ground the green one, so, and the first thing I need to do is push them through this little box that I’ve got this is just our little Receptacle box for pushing the wires through and this will keep everything contained Okay, once I’ve got it in there, then I’m just going to connect them. So for this next part, I’m just going to use these little push-in connectors Which are really convenient so you can see there’s two holes one’s already got a wire in it And the other one is ready to receive one So I’m just going to push the matching wires into the receptacles into the little push-in connectors. So we’ll push the white into the white, and you’ll feel it kind of give in – there you go, it’ll just kind of sink in there like that. Do the ground for the bare wire and then we’ll do the black and they go. Okay, so those three are now connected and ready to go and next up. We’re just going to push these gently into the box here And then we’ve got some screws that came with this so that we can Fasten this all down so it should end up looking like that before we do the screws and Then I’m going to take these screws out and tighten them all in and we’ll be ready to go. Aright, so now that’s on there nice and tight our electricity is all set here as far as this bottom receptacle. The last thing I’m going to do is take my pipe and then attach it. Just like I did with the top one onto the bottom one here with some tape So our pipe is in there now as you can see and I’ve kind of sealed off this area with some white electrical tape Now we’re going to do the same thing. We’re going to push our Box and everything that we need in I’m going to put the electrical side in first like so Okay, so all of our wings are in Just feeling along the bottom so I want to, on this bottom piece I need to make sure to push the left side all the way in And that’ll that’s what will make the right side fit nicely Okay So that looks good same as before. We’re just going to tighten it down with a screwdriver instead of a drill Okay, so this is really secure It’s on there nice and tight now I can drop my A/V cables down and this thing will be just about ready to go. All right, we’re almost all set here. So the last part is we’re going to drop our A/V cables down our tube And they should come out right here, and then I’m going to plug power into my outlet. Now one pro tip here You’re going to find that there is a little spot where the hose the pipe here tends to get a little jammed when you’re trying to fish wires through so what I found that makes this a hundred times easier is when you’re trying to feed wires through here if you just Loosen these screws you can pop this out again, and it’s this little spot back here that kind of gets squished You kind of imagine that getting squished in the wall like that So if you just pop this out let me show you how much easier it makes it so I’m going to take this This flimsy wire here Which has no real rigidity to it at all this is not a DataComm wire it’s just a really flimsy one that I got for cheap. So I’m going to take it I’ll even take the the non taped up side and Feed it through down there But there’s not going to be any resistance because I’m basically giving it a straight shot all the way down You can see it feeds through really simply And we should see it either pop out or at least get to the end there where I can pull it out Okay, I think we – yep I see it. There we go So that’s how easy it is if you actually just pop this guy out to feed your wires You shouldn’t necessarily have to do that depending on the wires. You’ve got but if you do experience any difficulty in pulling the wires through then that’s going to make it a whole lot easier Then we just put that back in place. We grab our A/V cables there, tighten this up again, and we’re good to go. Now for our last installation step as far as hooking up the wiring we just need some electricity, so we’re going to take the little extension cord that came with this. One thing I really like about it is it’s got these flat and completely Twistable and piece on it so I can actually plug this in and then rotate it in any direction in my case not far to travel so I’m not even going to bother to undo the zip tie on here, but I’ll just plug this in. Make sure that’s in all the way and then I’m going to twist this around to where it fits the way I need it And in you go, so I now have power up to the top and I’ve got my Av cables down here, and I’m cooking. DataComm also provides a single outlet power solution kit, and I went to a friend’s house to do an install in their insulated Walls So I wanted to show you what that looks like right around four minutes in I Realized that I didn’t have my tape measure so I had to take a few minutes so skip ahead 20 minutes on the timer on the bottom right and Then you’ll see I grab a tape measure feed it in from the bottom to the top and then as you watch here I’ll tape all of my A/V cords to it and then pull it through the wall. The rest of the installation is pretty standard just like you saw in the video before but With the exception that this time, we’re just using a single outlet kit. So, if you have an insulated wall Then this project can be done pretty much just as easily just by using a tape measure to fish your wires through the wall. Total time for this installation minus 20 minutes of searching for the tape measure: Twenty nine minutes. All right, we got the TV put back up We’ve got all of our devices hooked up down below in the coffee table here And no wires. You get a nice clean look, looks professionally installed, it’s up to code and it works beautifully. If you’ve got any questions, if you want to see any of the products that we showed in this video including the DataComm Electronic products we showed, check out the links in the description below – they’ll take you directly to where you can purchase them on Amazon. I’ve also got links to all of the products that I used in this video The tools, anything else that you might need if you’re a DIY’er or want to become one, be sure to head on over to my website DIYNils.com where you can get links to projects like this, you can read articles, you can learn more about different things you can do around the house to make your home a little bit nicer. I’m Nils, Thanks for watching Thank you so much for watching this video. If you’re not already subscribing to my channel, I would love for you to do so. Give me a thumbs-up on the video if you liked it and by subscribing, whenever I come out with a new video, it goes straight into your inbox Thanks for watching and we’ll see you on the next video.

  • Was checking the solutions that were okay to use on a tv screen. This came up and one with a laayyyyyydie on "Clean with Confidence". She's got 750,000 more subs and teaches you how to use a rag…..then there's this guy….what a legendary idea.

  • That looks easy. Experience tells me it would cost 5k to get a builder fix the wall after I have fu**ed it up

  • OK…I get it; there is something put in front of the outlet. What happens when the wife says lets move this table and that ugly extension cord is exposed once again. Should have installed it directly above, dropped the wires down and fed power from the existing outlet.

  • Since you are cutting into a wall right next to an outlet don't you think it would have been wise to have found out before you cut that there are for sure no wires behind that wall when you cut. You mentioned nothing about making sure there are no wires behind the area you are cutting into. That saw could have hit a wire and you could have gotten one hell of a jolt.

  • 😂😂😂😂 only possible in USA-houses with half inch wood walls. Here in Switzerland, our walls are made of stone and 7 inches thick😂😂😂

  • the power outlet to the top – so the tv can go right into the outlet on top and doesn't need to be feed through the coil correct?

  • I’ve done this thousands of times as an electrician. I take the receptacle out of the box then take the box out of the wall on the bottom. Cut a hole in the wall feed the wire down to the bottom box put the wire in make the joints up put the outlet and box back in the bottom. Put the media box and data cable or hdmi in the media box put a surge arrester receptacle in the media box and put the tv back up. That way you have cut one hole instead of 2 for the power. You don’t have to plug anything into the bottom to power the top and it’s protected against power surges such as lightning. You still have to make a hole in the bottom anyways for the hdmi and whatever else you need, but they make hdmi plates that go into single gang boxes. Commercial is a little different and less steps but the same outcome. Not too bad for a DIY job I wouldn’t expect you to put the wire in the existing outlet box.

  • Cocked up and cut a small length of tape cuts and edits in after using a lot more tapped around the whole lot 😂

  • Never coil a wire, Coiling the wire will cause them to get hot and at some point will catch fire this guy knows nothing

  • This only works if you have a cabinet below to hide that tacky extension cord. If no cabinet then you need to tap into electrical outlet to conceal power completely.

  • Never I say never wrap electrical wires around them self’s and always remove cable ties. Unwind the cables you are making a fire hazard as the wires will get hot being wrapped like that. Yes I now it only a tv. No way is that up to code.

  • Good job! My only recommendation would be to run a couple pieces of string with loops on both ends through to hose for future cables. That way when you need to run another cable in the future, you can just attach the one end of the cable to a loop and pull the string at the other receptacle.

  • Don't follow this, this is not up to code. There is nothing wrong with this product, just how it was installed, so if you like this kit please follow the directions. But if you want a cleaner install, look at a kit that just has the part that goes behind the TV, and tie into the outlet below.

    As for the problems with this install. First the hose, it is not fire rated for in wall, and if you are doing that for bugs, they will just go around the hose. look for a wall plate that has the brush, that will keep the bugs out as much as possible. Second, you can not just roll the extra wire and stuff it in the wall, you must cut if to fit. Third, there should not be any of the wire jacket in the electrical box.

  • Nice video but messy extension lead at the bottom. Bad idea to loop live cables just ask any electrician. Finally feed the cables through pipe before fitting both boxes.

  • DIY Videos be like, “So to save you $10 dollars for something that can easily hide your wires with almost no time, you can do what I say, your needed materials: Diamond plated place mat, 47 pure gold doorknobs, this 100 dollar wire cutting kit, and about 24 days of your time.”

  • Great so now it looks like i have a toulet paper holder on my wall . Thats the most ugliest way u have ever seen to hide cables. Really you put the big ugly box in your wall. GAY

  • I just covered my wires with A Banner of my favorite sports Team. Toooooo easy & looks great.👻💯😀😀😀

  • Erasable chalk pen for marking. In Australia timber framing have noggins which need to be negotiated.

  • I live in the UK and my house was made from solid brick. Could you recommend what would be alternative? Many thanks

  • Never coil cables, always cut to length. Luckily you're pulling hardly any power but with more load this over heats cabling and can cause fires. Just friendly advice from an english electrician

  • Run the data and media wires through the tube BEFORE you insert the top box in the wall.
    OR use a pull line through the tube. You shouldn't have to remove the box to install the media cables after you've already installed the box.

  • Obviously this if for US houses only
    (with different building technique, voltage, etc.).
    Outside of the US viewers should address their comments with that in mind.

  • Thank you for showing this great product! My electrical outlets are a number of stud bays away from my wall – mounted TV and this is the perfect solution.

  • Thank you very much. I followed your steps on this video and my TV looks great! DO you also have a video on how to mount the surround speakers too?

  • You can use painters tape instead of pencil marks. This eliminates marks on the wall for studs, etc.

  • Why didn't you just tie into the receptacle on the wall instead of using that stupid scab extension cord rig?  Professional  /Schmororessional ! PSSSSHHHH!

  • installs wires through wall to have a nice clean wire free setup

    slaps 4 ft of bundled up extension cord against the wall

  • I looked at the HDMI cable you linked, but it doesn’t say anything about being CL3 rated. Aren’t they supposed to be when going in the wall?

  • This video makes no sense!!! Why didn't you just come out of the outlet that's already there,very confusing video,please don't do it this way people,looks like shit.

  • Actually , I like that outlet box, it is not overly expensive…Still I would just not worry about how fast the job took and (Frankly it takes me 30 minutes just to gather the tools for this type of job). I would run a new receptacle at the TV and put the Hdmi and cable in a separate bay. I also would recommend the Vesa mount that swings off the wall , I constantly need to add or remove things from the back of the TV…

  • Lots of electrical code violations if used in many parts of the US. Generally;
    Jacketed wired (Romex) need to be attached to the framing members.
    Wires of different conductor sizes cannot be joined ie: 14/2 w/ grd. to 12/2 w/ grd.
    An extension cord can’t be used as a permanent source of power to an outlet.

    All of this would have been brought up in the video had the required electrical permit been obtained.

  • To resolve all the issues with fire blocks, splicing, hidden extension and also concrete walls, just place the darn TV on a console.

    I mean I don’t get it about having a TV placed so high up when you want to watch it from the comfort of a sofa. Can someone please enlighten me?

  • Neat idea! Although I imagine just a hole in the wall with the tube would be sufficient to lead the wires down inside the wall, instead of installing a couple of boxes and needing to have electricity fed through three different bundled up wires (which includes the two extensions) all the way from the wall socket to the TV. This way you wouldn't have to cut such big holes either. All in all it would be simpler, more cost efficient and world wide code compliant.

  • Do not waste your time or your money.
    This guy is ripping you off.
    He's telling you to go to Lowe's or Home Depot.
    Spend a bunch of money on extension cords.
    When you could simply hardwire it.
    Also that tubing is a waste of 💰.
    This guy is a corporate shell.

  • or you can put the AV cables in the tube before you put it in the wall… that way it is complete when you are done.

  • Possible in uk and America (Fox do not know how to built house overthere) not possible on most part of world where people use bricks 🤷🏿‍♀️

  • 6:51 thank goodness you said low voltage wires I was going to say that is not code and I hope that you're not going to be running 120 volts through that plastic tubing it's not fire code it's not fire rated.

  • 1 Nice bubble butt lol
    2- why buy the expensive "Kits" as you will not see them when the TV hides the top and the components hides the bottom. It is very easy and cheap go get 1 1/4 or 1 1/2 white PVC pipe to make the cord tunnel with 22 1/2 angle elbows for each side. also in my case we needed the tv and its components on its own circuit since the breaker box was close that was easy as well… if you get a surge protector with a long cord, you could put the cord down the pipe to plug it in using the existing outlet… the pipe and the elbows were about $10 total (add in the cost of the pipe primer/glue if you do not have some already)

  • Perfect. Moving in to a new house later this month, and this is exactly the kind of prep work I need to do. Thanks Nils.

  • How was there not a fire block 48” up from the floor? Flex bit solves dry wall issue (no cutting around the stud) but if you absolutely have to, consider doing the back side of the wall. Multi tool works good for cutting as well.

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