How to hide ethernet cables on a wall

Written by steve montgomery
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With the advent of more Internet connected devices such as DVRs, game consoles, home theatre PCs, HDTVs and Blu-ray players, there is a need to have at least one Ethernet cable running through your living room. One option is to have the cable installed inside the wall, but this method can be time consuming and costly. Sometimes you have to have cables on the outside of the wall and you need an attractive way to hide the cable.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Cable raceway kit
  • Ethernet cable
  • Laser level
  • Scissors or snips
  • Paper towels
  • Household cleaner

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  1. 1

    Determine the route you want to run the cable. Pull all furniture away from the wall where you will be working.

  2. 2

    Measure the distances and cut the raceway to fit. On long runs you may need to use multiple pieces.

  3. 3

    Lay the raceway along the walls with the hinge side down.

  4. 4

    Clean the wall so the raceway will stick properly.

  5. 5

    Set up your laser level so that it projects a line where you want the top of the raceway to be.

  6. 6

    Peel back the release liner on the back of the raceway and stick it to the wall, working about a foot at a time.

  7. 7

    Lay the Ethernet cable into the open raceway.

  8. 8

    Close the raceway. Paint as necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • Depending on your budget and style you can get cable raceways that will blend in with almost any decor.
  • If you think you may want to move the cables in the future, you can get systems that screw into the wall so you can remove them later.

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