Monday, July 12, 2010

DIY Re-Wireing sound system

 Ok so we bought a sound system before the tv and media center...alright so the furniture is totally more important to me than it is to the husband hehe.
We finally decided to wire the surround-sound speakers correctly. There are three speakers in the front: Center, Left and Right. Two speakers in the rear: Left and Right and a Sub woofer.

So the sub woofer has been chilling as the wii remote induction charger station - seriously drives me crazy, I was very excited to get it moved. While the rear two speakers chilled out in the unit.

 We pulled the tv out from the wall where the previous owners had wired the cable through the in-take duct to the laundry room, we fished the Rear Left and Right wires along with the modified Sub Woofer wires through the same postion.
 Handy husband came up with the idea to snake all three of the wires from the laundry room through the floors using Fish Tape to the opposite wall. While drinking his coffee at the same time of course.

We pushed the Fish Tape between the floor joists and using a pair of pliers pulled the fish tape up to through the side of a floor vent. Then tied the three wires to the end and slowly pulled the wires back to the laundry room then up the intake vent to hook up to the TV. The speaker ends, we then pulled them through a hole drilled into the floor joist into a created hole using a one-tooth hole cutter, which will later cover using a plate of some sort
Clip those little wires into the back of the speakers and tada we have speakers behind the couch now. We made these cute little shelves ourselves too!

The sub-woofer was a little trickier. The wire was only about 2.5 feet long which would never have made it under the floor then to the corner behind the chair, so we snipped the cord and soldered to silver and copper speaker wire from Homedepot:
Tape - with electrical tape to keep the wires insulated

Funny side note: we had the sub-woofer plugged into the wrong input before so when we re-wired it and tested it for the first time, it was 1000 times better. Gotta love me some bass.

Now we just need some cute shelves to hold our little speakers up! Maybe like this from Target?

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