The Invisible Audio Upgrade Part 2: Installing a Rear Speaker Wallplate
- a GE or other type of wallplate with speaker terminals
- a bludgeon or hammer
- a dull or about-to-be-dull chisel, alternatively; a ninja spike will suffice
- a pair of pliers
- a tomahawk or prybar
- speakerwire; preferrably in-wall type
- heat shrink tubin’ for the speakerwire
- a pencil
- wirestrippers or something that can do that like scissors
- spackle for filling in mistakes and imperfections
- a wall
- a soldering iron with solder
- a blue electrical box that suits your needs
- safety goggles, hearing protection
- a vacuum cleaner
- a source of intense heat, such as a lighter
Start by prying back the baseboard around the floor/wall joint with your tomahawk. You dont have to take everything off, just enough to allow you to work. Then start marking things up with your pencil to locate where the plate will go. We put ours under an outlet so there would be some apparent continuity. We placed the plate very close to the molding because it is easier to do so. This will be hidden behind the bed and sending wires into the headboard at the bottom- that guided our decision as well. After marking we drove a ninja spike into the wall repeatedly (at blinding speed) to create a rough outline where the plate will mount:
From here we emptied out the space betwixt the holes so the electrical box could fit. This takes a bit of doing to get both tight and straight. We have a few around the house that our electrician, Mr. Magoo, put in slightly askew.
Next, we soldered up our speakerwire to the plate, careful to slide the heat shrink tubing on FIRST:
Then we started routing the wires behind the baseboard to get to the closet where all the controls we be located. We knocked a hole in the wall below the plate but behind the baseboard to conceal everything.
You can use any brand you want for this that suits your fancy- we tried out the
Sorry, already out of the box… hehe…
This arrangement suited us over using the flatwire for one simple reason: We needed the wires close to the floor, the baseboard was already peeled away a bit and the run is super short (3 feet) so we didn’t want to use the Flatwire for such a short jump. Otherwise we would have done a complete Flatwire install. This turned out great and we are happy with the results. This wallplate is designed for smaller gauge wire than the front channels, but that is fine since there isn’t much power going to the rears anyway.
Check back next time for more!