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Old 11-14-2017, 07:49 PM  
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That is a very clever idea!

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What I do sometimes especially if the wall is an outside wall and fishing romex in an insulated wall can be quite tricky if not impossible at times.

A less labor intensive suggestion of course is if you have basement with access. Go down into basement and then back up again three studs over.

And if that is too much trouble you may want to consider taking off the trim where the floor and wall meet. Cut the sheet rock only high enough from the floor level up so it does not extend past the top of where the floor molding will be. Once you cut a strip of sheet rock then drill holes thru the studs. Run your romex thru those holes in the studs. Place a nail guard over each stud that you drilled (reason being sometimes it is difficult to get the drill in there and make the hold far enough back in the stud so a sheet rock screw does not puncher it or a nail from the floor molding. Put your floor molding back against the wall and secure it. Done. No need to replace the sheet rock you cut out because the floor molding is high enough to cover the cut out portion. But I would at least put spacer between the floor molding and the stud where you cut out the sheet rock to take up the difference in depth of the wall so the floor molding does not bow inward because of the void now.

Note be cautious of box fill calculations of the box you are tapping into. What size box it is and how many romexes are there now?


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I have suggested to people (although I don't mess with AV installation) to run their AV cables from the lowest part of the wall (closest to the floor, just above the wall board into a old work low voltage device box and cover the low voltage device box with this type of face plate. It has brushes to block seeing behind the hole but allows the AV cables to go in and out of the box very easily. Using the low voltage device boxes and the brush face plates are far cheaper in the end than some of the combo AV wall units and it also allows you to keep the power and AV lines separate to keep any unwanted interference away. You can run the romex up in the same cavity but keep the power to the opposite side of the cavity in the wall going up the stud.


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Old 11-19-2017, 07:22 PM  
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What I do sometimes especially if the wall is an outside wall and fishing romex in an insulated wall can be quite tricky if not impossible at times.

A less labor intensive suggestion of course is if you have basement with access. Go down into basement and then back up again three studs over.

And if that is too much trouble you may want to consider taking off the trim where the floor and wall meet. Cut the sheet rock only high enough from the floor level up so it does not extend past the top of where the floor molding will be. Once you cut a strip of sheet rock then drill holes thru the studs. Run your romex thru those holes in the studs. Place a nail guard over each stud that you drilled (reason being sometimes it is difficult to get the drill in there and make the hold far enough back in the stud so a sheet rock screw does not puncher it or a nail from the floor molding. Put your floor molding back against the wall and secure it. Done. No need to replace the sheet rock you cut out because the floor molding is high enough to cover the cut out portion. But I would at least put spacer between the floor molding and the stud where you cut out the sheet rock to take up the difference in depth of the wall so the floor molding does not bow inward because of the void now.

Note be cautious of box fill calculations of the box you are tapping into. What size box it is and how many romexes are there now?
Since you will want to remove the entire section of baseboard behind which you will run your new cable let me suggest that when you reinstall the baseboard you replace the drywall that you cut out by screwing drywall to the back of the baseboard. When you put the baseboard back in place countersink the screws a little and cover the screw heads with push in plugs. Then if you ever need to remove it again you pry out the plugs, remove the screws, and the entire baseboard comes off in one piece cap molding and all.

If you want the ultimate in future flexibility then remove the baseboard and drywall to the same height as 4000 Series Wiremold. Draw your cut lines using the sections of raceway themselves as the ruler. The cap molding will conceal any minor gaps but fill anything larger than 1/8 inch with patching compound. Make the horizontal cut with a circular saw using a masonry cutting blade and set the depth so that the blade does not cut the studs. Series 4000 Wiremold is 1&1/4 inches thick. 3/4 inch baseboard on 1/2 inch drywall is also 1&1/4 inches thick. By installing the available dividers you can have a path to anywhere on the wall that the Wiremold is installed for both the power and low voltage audio & video cables. You can then fish any power or low voltage cable from the back of the raceway up to the location of any new outlet.


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