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nate11877 11-18-2008 01:26 PM

Re-wiring
 
Hello all and thanks in advance!

Here's my situation. Earlier this year we moved into our new house. The family room was pre-wired for sound (2 front, 2 rear) in the ceiling with speaker mounts. The previous owners left the speakers (tiny Sony's from a cheap home theater system I assume), mounts, and wiring. From the looks of it, the previous owners did the wiring as it does not look anything near professionally done and if it was I hope they didn't pay much.

Anyway. A few days ago the speakers started dropping sound and/or crackling a lot (I tested with some old speakers I had to rule out wire failure). So now I'm looking at getting some new speakers. But the existing wiring is very cheap and lowgrade, so obviously I'd like to upgrade the wiring along with the speakers. My question is, can this be done easily without cutting holes in the wall (something the wife is adamantly apposed to)? I'm hopefull that I can just splice the ends of the new and old wire, tape it up with electrical tape and then pull the old wire out while simultaneously pulling the new wire through. Has anyone had any luck with something like this, or am I asking for trouble by not cutting some holes?

rlpiii 11-18-2008 02:08 PM

Re: Re-wiring
 
I had done that multiple times on my other houses without any problems. The only problem you could run into is if the old wire was pulled through small holes in studs. In my new home, I saw how small the holes through studs were when the stereo guy, the builder used, ran the wire.


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