A plasma TV mounted neatly on your living room wall will always be a crowd pleaser. Imagine watching the Superbowl or the NBA Finals on your widescreen TV while you and your buddies sucking down a couple of brewskies each. Obviously, this is every man’s dream. However, the whole experience would be better if you are able to hide the wires attached to and from your TV. Yes, these wires can make the room look cluttered and counteract the sleek and neat image that any plasma TV brings. Fortunately, the job of hiding these wires is not too difficult to accomplish. In fact, with some of these steps, you can achieve the neatness you desire in no time.
- Measure the cables. The first step in accomplishing the job of hiding the wires coming in and out of your plasma TV is by measuring the area on your wall down to the floor where you want each cable to run. Normally, you will have a 1 power cable extended to the nearest socket and 1 cable TV wire connecting your cable TV provider to the TV. For some systems, there will be other wires such as the TIVO cable, home theater wires, and other gaming console wires. Make sure that all of these wires can be aligned together into one conduit or raceway, which is the item you will need to be able to hide these wires. You will need to plan this out properly. When you are done, make sure that you have the exact measurements because this will be the primary basis for purchasing the conduit or raceway.
- Acquire the conduit. The conduit or cable raceway is the main item that you will need to hide your wires. Based on the measurements, purchase the right conduit. Make sure that it is wide enough for you to insert all of the wires attached to and from your plasma TV. If possible, purchase a longer conduit than the measurements you took to give you some breathing room when installing it. When purchasing the conduit, make sure to choose if you would it to be tubular or flat. If you plan to paint it and make it look like part of the wall, then you would do well to go with the flat conduit that will look like moldings.
- Paint the conduit. If you went with the flat conduit, then you will probably want to paint it with the same color as the wall to hide it completely. Well, if that is the case, then you will want to paint the conduit before mounting it. You will need to rough up the surface of the conduit to ready it for painting. Fine-grit sandpaper should do well. Once the surface is rough enough, apply the paint and allow it to dry.
- Mount the conduit. Before proceeding with running and mounting the conduit on the wall, you will want to insert all the cables in it first. Of course, this would be dependent on what type of conduit you purchased. If you purchased the closed conduit, then you will need to insert the wires beforehand. If you purchased the open surfaced conduit, then you can mount first and insert the wires later. In any case, line up the conduit as planned and make it adhere to the wall by applying double-sided tape. This should make the conduit adhere to the wall. Make sure that the conduit is not loose or can easily be peeled off.
Now since the conduit was painted with the same color as the wall, then you will probably notice that the wires are now cleverly hidden from the naked eye as if the wires were embedded inside the wall.