Planning for the Future
The third and final issue that I would like to cover is building for the future. Even though speaker wire has remained relatively unchanged for decades, all other AV cabling is ever-changing. If you have the luxury of doing this build as new construction, then do your customer a favor and run smurf tubing (Blue Carlon Conduit) or 2” conduit from your AV cabinet to all of these components: projector, aux. monitors, network hub or anywhere that could potentially need AV in the future. A prime example of this is in the last job that I just completed. We ran smurf tubing from the AV cabinet to the upstairs cabinet, future outdoor speaker locations, potential secondary AV storage area and to a secondary TV. On top of the smurf tubing we also ran more than 1,000 feet of Cat 6 to every conceivable location that may benefit from a future network connection.
I hope these few tips will help you with future home theater installs or with your own home theater. There is a lot of information I didn’t cover in this article, but you can always feel free to comment on the article and I will do my best to respond.
Written by Jason Larceid. Jason is a hybrid tradesman with experience as an electrician and project manager. As an electrician Jason has extensive experience in residential wiring and low voltage. He has also spent significant time on the other side of the table designing and expediting builds as a project manager.