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Old 04-11-2013, 08:48 AM   #1
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Home Theater Install Question

HT experts chime in please.

Just bought a new home. I have : TV, AV receiver, 5.1 speakers and all necessary hdmi's, optical, etc.

I need to run the cable wire (coaxl) from one end of living room to other, likely through ceiling (not across joists. There are already recessed lights throughout ceiling). During that process, I want to run speaker wire in the opposite direction and install two in-ceiling rear channels.

I will also be mounting TV above fire place and running wire for center channel (under TV) and two front channels in adjacent shelves next to fire place.

Question: should go with an AV/HT company that charges $160/ labor to run the wires and do install, or should I hire an electrician to run the wires?

I am pretty competent with AV equipment and the mounting of TV. I think the running of wires in ceiling and through the fireplace may be a bit beyond my scope. Thats really all I need the HT company for.

Any guidance is appreciated!

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$160 is nothing for an AV company with a low voltage license. Electricians generally know nothing or very little about AV (interference, termination, etc.)

I would not even show up for $160.

Is it $160 total or $160/hr for two techs?

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$160 is nothing for an AV company with a low voltage license. Electricians generally know nothing or very little about AV (interference, termination, etc.)

I would not even show up for $160.

Is it $160 total or $160/hr for two techs?

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$160/ hr total, but two techs come out. One senior guy and one helper.

My main concern is really just the physical running of wire through ceiling, which I dont think I cannot do and think an electrician could do, no? I have a painter coming after so not worried about patching holes, etc.

I think i can do all the interface (very basic system) and hook ups, etc. Is there any need for an HT company if the only value they are adding is physically running wires and not much more?
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I say you DIY it, but that's just me. I'm not sure what your skill is with running wires but it's not hard to do most of the work yourself and then get an AV company to help out with the hard parts.
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I would never pay by the hour.

Ask for a quote for the job.

Any decent company will quote the job.

Then it does not matter how efficient they are or whatever.
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I would never pay by the hour.

Ask for a quote for the job.

Any decent company will quote the job.

Then it does not matter how efficient they are or whatever.
Yes, I agree. Quote is coming from them.

I just feel like an AV co will comand a premium for running wires given that (this company in particular) usually works on high-end projects. An electrician on the other hand prob runs wires all day long...

I may DIY it given that I have a painter coming anyway and can hopefully fix whatever I ruin...
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Yes, I agree. Quote is coming from them.

I just feel like an AV co will comand a premium for running wires given that (this company in particular) usually works on high-end projects. An electrician on the other hand prob runs wires all day long...

I may DIY it given that I have a painter coming anyway and can hopefully fix whatever I ruin...
If it is just speaker wire, anyone can do it, just make sure they don't run near electrical lines and cross them at 90 degrees.

When you start running Cat5, Fiber Optic, etc., then you have to have the ability to terminate the cables properly.
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If it is just speaker wire, anyone can do it, just make sure they don't run near electrical lines and cross them at 90 degrees.

When you start running Cat5, Fiber Optic, etc., then you have to have the ability to terminate the cables properly.
Ok, I figured as much. Thank you! I'll wait to see what the AV company comes back with in terms of a quote, but I already hear from my electrician who can run the speaker wires for $85/hr labor.
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