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Old 02-21-2009, 08:15 PM   #1
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Default Easy Guide to install Power behind a mounted TV

I have been asked this question many times so i want to post some help on this. The easiest way to get power up behind your wall mounted tv and not have to buy a separate power bar/conditioner for the this, or tap in to existing power in the home.

step 1

Install a power outlet behind the tv, this is a standard plug that you would use in your home. Make sure you mount the box to the stud just like a rough install would.

Step 2

Install the same power box and outlet behind your entertainment unit where your powerbar/conditioner will be, usually directly below the box you installed behind the TV.

Step 3

Run standard in-wall electrical wire between the 2 boxes, make sure they are wired correctly. Get a wire fish line to do this.

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Get a good heavy duty extension cord 6' is all you should need, cut off the female end. You will also need to buy a replacement male end from the hardware store. Now attach the male end to the cut off area and plug 1 side into the power-bar and the other into the wall outlet you just installed.

Now you will have power to the outlet behind the tv and will obey all electrical codes with out ever taping into your home electrical wiring. if you plan on using the outlet behind the tv for lighting just make another cord and plug it into the other outlet. The nice feature about doing it this way is when you unplug the cord from the outlet by the power bar there is no longer power running to your tv.

Hope this helps people planning on installing there TV but are worried about power.
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i have always thought about doing this, but i could never find a male to male extension cord haha.....thought about making one but wanted it to look like it came that way...........1 thing is i would recommend using a (1 duplex plug) if you look at your plugs they have 2 plugs, they do make them with a single plug, that way for resale it is easily identified. You could also mark the wall plate as well. Just a thought.........good post the OP!!!
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PS i really love your HT
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Thanks for the nice comments, good idea with the plug, other recommendation would be to remove it if you move, just to add to my post.
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Great idea wish i would have done this.
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+1 Very clever idea! Only additional suggestion I'd add is to use a recessed receptacle behind the TV for additional plug clearance.
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+1 Very clever idea! Only additional suggestion I'd add is to use a recessed receptacle behind the TV for additional plug clearance.
most the time you dont even need this i did 3 of those in my house & the other was on backorder so i just installed a regular plug & it worked fine....wasted $30 lol but it depends on the mount u get i guess!
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most the time you dont even need this i did 3 of those in my house & the other was on backorder so i just installed a regular plug & it worked fine....wasted $30 lol but it depends on the mount u get i guess!
True that - the recessed receptacle is purely optional.
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The clock recepts do make it easier for plugging in the power. Brett you paid $30 for a clock recept. I get them for between 5-8 bucks
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The clock recepts do make it easier for plugging in the power. Brett you paid $30 for a clock recept. I get them for between 5-8 bucks
no haha it was around 30 for 3 of them.......i should of just saved the money & put in 50cent plugs LOL
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