|Installing LCD TVs Everywhere|
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|Written by Bryan Dailey|
|Friday, 01 April 2005|
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For all of the cabling, I used a special type of wall-mount plate that looks like a standard electrical outlet box but is sunk in about an inch. A company called Levitan makes a whole host of connectors that I used to terminate all my in-wall connections. Then I simply ran the shortest cable runs possible to each TV. For my smaller 15-inch standard definition TVs, the AC adapters were wrapped up and velcroed to the back of the display. For the 17-inch HD unit, the power cord was a simply power cable like you’d find on the back of a computer monitor, so I found the longest one I could and ran it through the wall and plugged it into the outlets that are hidden behind my bigscreen TV.
In the end, I'm about 80 percent pleased with the results of my project and I have learned some things in the process that I would have done differently if I’d known them earlier. I should be able to get things to my complete satisfaction with just a little more effort. I had envisioned the TVs sitting completely flush with the wall and having absolutely no wired exposed. To do this, a small notch will need to be cut into each wall and then the mounting hardware and the wires will need to be moved back several inches. I would have a professional electrician hardwire the TVs rather than using a standard outlet plug with utmost care taken to avoid creating a fire hazard inside my walls. Also, I know that over a certain amount of time, having an LCD TV in a humid area like a bathroom is going to take its toll on the internal parts of the set, so when these TVs finally go out, I’m going to look into what options there are for the kind of all-weather TVs that you might find on a watercraft installation. The current prices of these types of units were cost-prohibitive at the time of this project. However, I felt the same way several years ago about standard LCD sets. You also may want to consider creative locations for video monitors in your home.
For the guys who are worried that your wives might cringe at the idea of you installing TVs in every corner of the house, the solution is simple: draw a nice warm bubble bath, light a few aroma therapy candles, order in a few dozen roses and cue up some “Desperate Housewives” or spin an episode of “Sex in the City” and your problem is solved. Warning: this method doesn’t work nearly as well when trying to lug six-foot-tall speakers into your living room.