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Hiding TV Cables Behind TV In-wall

Hey Everyone,

I'm looking for solutions to hide my Samsung Frame TV Box inside the wall behind the TV and above the fireplace. I ordered this from staples: https://www.staples.ca/products/1038389 ... -box-black, but unfortunately the measurements on the site were for the tip of each wing and not the inside box measurements so the Frame TV box doesn't fit. I've seen other options but they're north of $250-300 and this is literally just for a hole in the wall to put the box in so I can flushmount the TV.

I then thought that I could build a niche like people use in their showers and just do a cutout, drywall it, then put the outlet in one of those receptacle boxes meant for inside cupboards: https://www.homedepot.ca/product/ibervi ... 1000106170. Which if I'm thinking correctly these can be installed outside of the drywall and therefore I could make the niche stud to stud to fit the box (Option 1).

Then I thought that why bother creating a niche when it's behind the TV, why don't I just use a drywall access panel, https://www.homedepot.ca/product/watts- ... 1000793782, put some 2x4's in the hole to run stud to stud, use the utility box above in-wall and just have the Samsung frame tv box inside that (Option 2).

I know you're not allowed to mount receptacles inside walls where you need to remove part of the building to access, but would an access panel be ok to hide the receptacle in?

Really open to everyone's ideas as the TV will be blocking everything anyways with their 'no-gap' mount.
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Nov 6, 2014
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As long as its an inside wall which is uninsulated, just saw out a hole in the top and bottom and fish the cable through to the bottom. You won't see the hole behind the tv and there are many plate style you can cover the bottom if you need to give it that "finished" look.
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For an inside wall, as fordmaple said, drill a hole at top and bottom. Finish with this... https://www.homedepot.ca/product/richel ... 1000155271
In new construction, they put 2"pipe in, regardless of inside or outside wall. Doing that after the fact, is a bit of patching.
If you need power up to the tv then drill 2 sets of holes so to reduce electrical noise transfer into the signal cable.
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re: fishing from top to bottom, remember that there's usually blocking between studs that you'll need to drill through. Check with a stud finder.

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fordmaple wrote: As long as its an inside wall which is uninsulated, just saw out a hole in the top and bottom and fish the cable through to the bottom. You won't see the hole behind the tv and there are many plate style you can cover the bottom if you need to give it that "finished" look.
Would you happen to have a link to this cover plate? I think I'd like to go this approach so it looks a bit more finished but without me getting drywall dust everywhere!
hhuggles wrote: For an inside wall, as fordmaple said, drill a hole at top and bottom. Finish with this... https://www.homedepot.ca/product/richel ... 1000155271
In new construction, they put 2"pipe in, regardless of inside or outside wall. Doing that after the fact, is a bit of patching.
If you need power up to the tv then drill 2 sets of holes so to reduce electrical noise transfer into the signal cable.
So luckily the HDMI cord runs to a cabinet elsewhere in the house, but I have to hide this massive monstrosity https://images.app.goo.gl/ufxiM1FcssGkdEiMA

Which is funny because in every commercial for this tv it's nowhere to be seen so they must all run the cables elsewhere. The included cable for the tv is long just not long enough to run all the way to the cabinet.
jm1 wrote: re: fishing from top to bottom, remember that there's usually blocking between studs that you'll need to drill through. Check with a stud finder.

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I know there's electrical behind already, so I was hoping to just have a ledge like you would in a shower and just have it all tucked behind the tv so good that I wouldn't need to fish any wires anywhere else.
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barqers wrote: So luckily the HDMI cord runs to a cabinet elsewhere in the house, but I have to hide this massive monstrosity https://images.app.goo.gl/ufxiM1FcssGkdEiMA

Which is funny because in every commercial for this tv it's nowhere to be seen so they must all run the cables elsewhere. The included cable for the tv is long just not long enough to run all the way to the cabinet.

I know there's electrical behind already, so I was hoping to just have a ledge like you would in a shower and just have it all tucked behind the tv so good that I wouldn't need to fish any wires anywhere else.
OK, so I misunderstood and thought you were running new wiring to the TV. Reading more carefully now, there's already an electrical outlet and HDMI plug in the wall, and you just want to push everything into the wall so that you can hide your box?

Instead of making space inside the wall for the box, why not put the box into the cabinet where the HDMI cable currently goes and fish the Samsung special cable from TV to cabinet? You might have to poke some holes in drywall to drill through blocking, etc. but following the HDMI cable path will make it relatively easy.

The niche idea is okay, but if this is an outside wall, that insulation is going to be compressed and not work as well (DIYers who put shower niches in outside walls commonly complain about frozen shampoo bottles later) and that's a pretty big niche if you or future owners decide they don't want a TV there.
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jm1 wrote: OK, so I misunderstood and thought you were running new wiring to the TV. Reading more carefully now, there's already an electrical outlet and HDMI plug in the wall, and you just want to push everything into the wall so that you can hide your box?

Instead of making space inside the wall for the box, why not put the box into the cabinet where the HDMI cable currently goes and fish the Samsung special cable from TV to cabinet? You might have to poke some holes in drywall to drill through blocking, etc. but following the HDMI cable path will make it relatively easy.

The niche idea is okay, but if this is an outside wall, that insulation is going to be compressed and not work as well (DIYers who put shower niches in outside walls commonly complain about frozen shampoo bottles later) and that's a pretty big niche if you or future owners decide they don't want a TV there.
barqers wrote:
Would you happen to have a link to this cover plate? I think I'd like to go this approach so it looks a bit more finished but without me getting drywall dust everywhere!



So luckily the HDMI cord runs to a cabinet elsewhere in the house, but I have to hide this massive monstrosity https://images.app.goo.gl/ufxiM1FcssGkdEiMA

Which is funny because in every commercial for this tv it's nowhere to be seen so they must all run the cables elsewhere. The included cable for the tv is long just not long enough to run all the way to the cabinet.



I know there's electrical behind already, so I was hoping to just have a ledge like you would in a shower and just have it all tucked behind the tv so good that I wouldn't need to fish any wires anywhere else.

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