Ten Simple Ways to Conceal TV Cables Inside the Wall Under an Hour.

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When it comes to interior design, no one wants unsightly wires lying around. Whether you're mounting your TV or installing plug-in wall lights, keeping the wires hidden can make all the difference to your decor, and eliminate potential hazards for your loved ones.

When a friend of mine redecorated after a major water leak, they wanted to have their TV mounted on the wall but didn't want to see a mess of wires dropping down to the sockets, so they asked for my DIY expertise.

I knew that since their home's exterior walls were made of plasterboard over breeze block and diving walls, and had stud framing and wall insulation behind it could be channeled or drilled, through which the wires could seamlessly run, completely hidden and out of sight.

If you're looking to do the same, follow these step-by-step instructions for a hassle-free, quick and easy process. With the right tools and basic DIY knowledge, this should not take more than an hour, depending on the size of the project.

You will need:

- Stud/ wire detector

- Multi-tool with flat saw attachment

- Drill and screw bits

- Spirit level

- String

- Tape Measure

- Rawl plugs

- Brush Wall Plates

How to Hide Wall Mounted TV Wires: Step-by-Step

1. Safety check and mark-up the wall

Begin by checking the area where you plan to hide your TV wires with a stud/livewire detector. Next, mark the wall with a pencil where the wires should go and where studs are located, if any, so that you have a clear understanding of what's behind the plasterboard.

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If you want to place the wires coming from the sockets on the lower part of the wall near the item to be mounted, first conduct a careful inspection of the area for drilling and cutting. You should also consider the length of the cables that you plan to conceal to help you determine where to place the entry and exit points properly.

3. Determine where to put the wire openings

Once you have identified the exact location of your item or TV on the wall and plotted out any obstructions from the wires, decide where you want the two openings for feeding the wire through to be. It is best to have them positioned directly above each other to make the wire-feeding process more manageable.

4. Prepare for installing the wall plate

Remove the brush portion of the wall plate and mark the rectangular or square shape as well as the screw holes on the wall using a spirit level. You can place the wall plate right beside and in line with the existing wall sockets below, hidden by the TV for the exit point.

(Image credit: Jasmine Gurney)

5. Cut holes for entry and exit

After marking the entry and exit on the wall, use a wire detector to triple-check that there are no obstructions. Then, you can use a flat wood cutting bit on your multi-tool to cut out the holes.

Top tip: If you do not have a multi-tool, you can drill a hole in all four corners and use a plasterboard knife to cut out the squares.

(Image credit: Jasmine Gurney)

  • Find the right drill for the job.

(Image credit: Jasmine Gurney)

6. Disconnect the TV wires

Disconnect the wires of your TV and get them ready to feed through. You can install the face plates before or after feeding the cables through the wall.

7. Install the face plates

To install the face plates, drill a hole where you marked the screw holes using a wood drill bit. Use a suitable plasterboard rawl plug and screw to attach the plate. Repeat this for both the entry and exit points, but do not add the brush fronts yet.

8. Feed the wires behind the wall

To feed the wires behind the wall, get a long string, longer than the distance between the entry and exit points, and tie a weight, such as a drill bit, to one end, leaving enough string to tie around the wire or a knot that is loose enough to undo easily. Drop the weight through the entry point (top hole) and allow it to fall behind the wall due to gravity as you feed the string, making sure not to let it go. Keep feeding until you see the weight through the exit point (bottom hole), then grab onto the weight without letting go of the string's top part.

9. Feed the cable behind the wall

Tie the bottom end of the string around the cable and pull on the top end to feed it up behind the wall. Once you reach the top, pull enough cable through to plug into the TV and then disconnect the string. Repeat the same process for any other cables.

10. Wrapping Up

After routing all of your cables, slide the cable ends through the brush and secure it onto the faceplate. Connect the cables to their respective devices, such as your TV. Lastly, either mount your TV onto the bracket you've installed or place your furniture back to its original position. Congratulations, you're all done!

How to Conceal Disagreeable Wires?

This effortless solution to rid your walls of wires can significantly enhance the appearance of your space and make your home entertainment system look professionally mounted. It can also be applicable to wall-mounted plug-in lights too without calling in an electrician. Just use a single wall plate cut with a smaller entry hole to install the light, ensuring the wire is long enough to connect to a socket below.

Pulling wires through exit point

If your cable entry and exit points are misaligned, use a metallic wire or flattened hanger with a hook or magnet at the end to catch the cord's weight and pull it through the lower hole. Be sure to examine that there aren't any studs in the way that may interfere with your string access.

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