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    Best way to hide cables after Wall mounting an LCD tv?

    Thinking of finally mounting my LCD tv but wondering if theres a good cable tidy to use as i dont want to go making massive holes in my wall to drop the cables down.

    Anyone reccomend and good cable tidy's or anything?

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    Make the holes. It's the only way;-)

    I was able to make one hole behind the tv then make another underneath it near the plug sockets. Bit of fishing to get the wires through but well worth it.

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    Definitely route cables through walls if you can. Patching holes up is pretty simple to do.

    don't forget, the higher up the wall, the chavvier it is............................


    get an attractive cantilever stand instead

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    scrumpypaul;8461789

    don't forget, the higher up the wall, the chavvier it … don't forget, the higher up the wall, the chavvier it is............................get an attractive cantilever stand instead



    Really?? Those with screens on their bedroom ceilings must be lords of the chavs.

    Any of the above or camouflage wallpaper :thumbsup:

    http://www.designyourwall.com/store//images/P/200-2993_big.jpg

    One to remember... if your hiding cables in walls make sure you have enough room for the power plug. IF you cut the plug and then feed the cut cable through, then rewire the plug the other end it will INVALIDATE your warranty.

    I recently had this out with Sony on a new lcd i got with 3 year warranty. The basically told me if i cut the plug zilch warranty ! ;-)

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    Squelds;8462288

    One to remember... if your hiding cables in walls make sure you have … One to remember... if your hiding cables in walls make sure you have enough room for the power plug. IF you cut the plug and then feed the cut cable through, then rewire the plug the other end it will INVALIDATE your warranty.I recently had this out with Sony on a new lcd i got with 3 year warranty. The basically told me if i cut the plug zilch warranty ! ;-)



    The plugs you get with TVs are just generic kettle types, they're nothing special. Surprised they were that strict. If you were concerned then buy another and keep the original in a box and cut the replacement. You can buy the ends separately to wire up yourself rather than hacking at moulded connectors.

    I had to buy a newer longer power cable for mine anyway though I didn't have to cut the end off as I cut a trench in my wall right down for the TV cables.

    No they are not generic kettle types. Most newer models now come with a fully moulded plug that goes straight into the circuit board inside the tv housing. You cannot just take these ones out without completely taking off the back of the tv and dissassembling the interface. All new Sony's have this so its not as easy as you think. I know it seems very stupid to believe that a warranty will be invalid because of a dumb plug... but thats their get out clause if you blow up your tv... 'sorry the plugs been cut, its your fault' !

    No other brands like Panasonic, Philips and i believe LG also now encorporate moulded end plugs that go straight into the tv housing so theres no way to get the plug off. Cant speak for lower quality brands like the Technika's, Onns, Wharfedale etc etc.... but most of the big highstreet names all do it now.

    Squelds;8465301

    No other brands like Panasonic, Philips and i believe LG also now … No other brands like Panasonic, Philips and i believe LG also now encorporate moulded end plugs that go straight into the tv housing so theres no way to get the plug off. Cant speak for lower quality brands like the Technika's, Onns, Wharfedale etc etc.... but most of the big highstreet names all do it now.


    Panasonic and LG must have started this very recently.
    Strange move if true.

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    scrumpypaul;8461789

    don't forget, the higher up the wall, the chavvier it … don't forget, the higher up the wall, the chavvier it is............................get an attractive cantilever stand instead



    I mounted my 50 inch plasma at eye level when sat down so its only 700 mm above the floor:thumbsup: why do people mount them high up ?? also I intend to put a floating shelf just below for Humax and home cinema so this will hide all cables

    Pay for an electrician to put plugs and cables directly behind where you want to put the tv. He will also be able to hide the cables to media player etc. Its the best way, else you will forever be looking at the crap job you have done.

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    This was my project:

    Trench made from TV to floor, trunking was placed in after this:

    http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac51/masterchief101/Tv1.jpg

    Trench filled in:

    http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac51/masterchief101/TV2.jpg

    End result:

    http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac51/masterchief101/IMAG0055.jpg

    Nice. Minimal. Like it.

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    Plum;8465354

    Panasonic and LG must have started this very recently.Strange move if … Panasonic and LG must have started this very recently.Strange move if true.



    It is a strange move indeed, makes no sense whatsoever for the manufacturers to do this. What next, moulded HDMI cables directly to the board??

    goldmax;8465406

    I mounted my 50 inch plasma at eye level when sat down so its only 700 mm … I mounted my 50 inch plasma at eye level when sat down so its only 700 mm above the floor:thumbsup: why do people mount them high up ?? also I intend to put a floating shelf just below for Humax and home cinema so this will hide all cables



    As you can see by the pictures I posted, I put mine a higher than normal eye level viewing. The bottom of the TV is eye level. I used to be adamant that the TV needed to be lower down but actually it is really comfortable at this level and if you are wall mounting it just looks a bit silly too low down. I still feel for those that mount above a fire place, their necks must hurt after watching TV for a while.

    TBH i can see the sense behind manifacturers doing this, but that doesnt mean i agree. You get some idiot that doesnt know how to wire a plug properly or does a dodgy job, blows the tv up and then claims via warranty that it does not work.... whos at fault ? To save them the cost involved in all of this its easier for them to stop it at source.

    So im not looking like a complete idiot myself ive had a look at all the tvs in my house:

    Sony 32" LCD - Moulded straight into board.
    Panny 26" LCD - Moulded straight into board.
    2 x Sony 26" LCDs - Both moulded straight into board.

    Samsung 50" Plasma - Standard kettle lead.

    So out of the 5 flat screen tvs i have 4 of them are built this way. Unfortunately when it came to hooking up my bedroom tv last month i didnt have room for a 50" Samsung. So i had no choice but to dissasemble the tv housing and not cut the plug so if anything goes wrong Sony will never know ! ;-)

    When I ran cables behind the wall for my TV I cut the plug on an extension cable, rewired it at and then lodged it behind the TV so I can plug in the OEM plug without cutting it. Sadly I now have to pull another cable through and it won't fit so it's wall cutting time again!
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