Looking for a quick and easy way to hide TV wires for your wall mounted flat screen? Look no further than this amazing product offered at Home Depot: the Commercial Electric Flat Panel TV Cable Organizer Kit.
It’s against electrical codes to run a TV power cord (or any electronic power cord) through the wall. The Commercial Electric product offers a solution that is quick and easy for people who want to mount their TV, but does not have the electrical components installed in the right area. i.e. where the TV would be mounted. All you need to clean up your TV cords are:
–Commercial Electric Flat Panel TV Cable Organizer Kit
– a drywall saw
-Mark the studs on your wall using your stud finder. Also, verify there is no plumbing running behind the drywall in the area as well. (We learned the hard way.)
-Double check and make sure your HDMI cords have enough length to attach to the TV, run through the wall, and to the corresponding device. You might need longer cords.
-The Commercial Electric kit comes with a template for the pass-through plates. Use your scissors and cut this template out.
-Use blue painters tape to make a loop to attach to the back of the template to place on the wall.
-For consistency, use a tape measure to determine the distance from the floor to the bottom of other electrical plates. You will also want to make sure the extension cord on the bottom pass-through plate will be able to plug into an electrical outlet.
Once you have determined studs, plumbing, and the correct placement for the two pass-through plates, it’s as simple as tracing the template with a pencil and cutting with the drywall saw. Just follow the instructions that come with the kit. They are easy to understand and will help you navigate plate placement as well as feeding your cords through the wall.
I’d like to mention that the two plates are relatively large compared to regular wall plates. The top plate cut-out ended up being a 4″x6″ hole, the bottom plate 4″x4″.
After you have installed the plates according to the instructions, hang up your TV, plug in your devices, and enjoy a wireless viewing experience.
So there you have it. A quick, easy, and UL approved way to hide TV wires in your home.
Thoughts & tips
The project is easier with two people for cording feeding purposes and hoisting the TV back on the wall. However, one person should be able to complete the installation of the Commercial Electric system.
Double measure and double check to make sure your top pass-through plate will be covered by the TV and that there is not a stud or plumbing in the way.
Have a vacuum nearby, cutting the drywall makes a ton of drywall dust.
Most HDMI cables that come with your equipment are 6′ long. We needed a 10′ cord to run from our TV, through the wall, to the Apple TV. So, measure for that.