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Tame the Cable Jungle: How to Hide Wires When Wall Mounting Your TV

Mounting your TV on the wall creates a sleek, modern look, but those dangling cables can quickly ruin the aesthetic. Fear not, cord-cutting warriors! Here's a step-by-step guide to keep your wires hidden and your entertainment center clutter-free, all while assuming you're working with a standard drywall wall. How to hide cables when wall mounting tv:

TV mounting prep
TV Mounting Prep

Step 1: Know Your Enemy (The Cables)

First things first, identify the cables that need to make the journey behind the wall.  This will typically include your HDMI cable for the main connection, but could also involve an optical audio cable for your sound system or even speaker wire for surround sound setups.

Standard 15-16 inch American Stud Bay
Standard 15-16 inch American Stud Bay

Step 2: Scouting the Perfect Path

Next, locate a stud bay in your wall – the space between the vertical wooden supports. This is where you'll make your entry and exit points for the cables.  Use a stud finder to locate a bay with minimal obstructions, making the cable run as smooth as possible.

LV1 and LV2 Brackets
LV1 and LV2 Brackets

Step 3: Sizing Up the Situation

Now, let's talk about hole size. An "LV1" opening, which is a standard single-gang size (think light switch cover plate), should be sufficient for most cable setups.  For those with a multitude of cables, an "LV2" (double-gang) option might be necessary. To ensure a clean and professional look, consider using an LV1/LV2 template tool.

Cutting An LV1 Hole With a Drywall Saw
Cutting An LV1 Hole With a Drywall Saw

Step 4: Careful Cuts with the Drywall Saw

Grab your drywall saw and carefully cut two holes in the wall – one behind the TV where the cables will enter and another lower down, typically near the baseboard, where they'll exit towards your entertainment center. Remember,  measure twice, cut once! Be cautious not to cut too deep – aim for a depth slightly deeper than the thickness of your drywall.

Fiberglass Fish Rod Kit
Fiberglass Fish Rod Kit

Step 5: Fishing for Success (Optional)

If your cable run takes a sharp turn or encounters a tight space, a fiberglass fish rod or even a chain with a magnet attached can be lifesavers.  Simply feed the tool through the top hole and guide it down to the bottom one, then attach your cables and pull them through for a frustration-free experience.

LV1 Bracket with Finish Wall Plates
LV1 Bracket with Finish Wall Plates

Step 6: Finishing Touches - The Wall Plate Savior

Finally, to add a polished touch, install wall plates on both the top and bottom holes.  These will not only cover any imperfections from the cutting but also give your cable access points a clean and professional look.

Bonus Tip: Before patching any holes, make sure all your connections are working properly!

With these steps, you'll be well on your way to a clean, cable-free TV mounting experience. Now, sit back, relax, and enjoy your clutter-free entertainment haven!

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