How to Hook Up a Car Radio in Your House

Written by nichole liandi
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If you have a spare car receiver and a spot in your house where you want to add some music or radio, you've got a good match. Although car stereos are designed to operate on the 12V DC electrical system found in a car, you can use them in your home in conjunction with an AC to DC power inverter. This will let you take advantage of the small size, powerful output and rugged construction of a car receiver in places like a garage or work room.

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Things you need

  • Wire cutter/strippers

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  1. 1

    Remove a half-inch of insulation from the red and yellow wires connected to the back of the car radio. Twist the bare ends of the two wires together with your fingers.

  2. 2

    Remove a half-inch of insulation from the black wire on the back of the car radio with your wire strippers.

  3. 3

    Cut two pieces of 14- to 16-gauge insulated wire with your wire cutters, each long enough to reach from the receiver to your AC to DC power inverter. For purposes of clarity, it's best if the two wires are different colours, red for positive and black for negative. Remove a half-inch of insulation from the ends of each wire.

  4. 4

    Slide the bare ends of the red wire and the red/yellow wire combo into the opposing ends of a butt connector. Place your crimp tool onto the centre of the connector and squeeze the handle to clamp the wires into the connector.

  5. 5

    Repeat the process previously described with the two black wires.

  6. 6

    Loosen the terminals of the power inverter and slide the ends of the red and black wires into the same-coloured terminals. Tighten the terminals to hold the wires in place.

  7. 7

    Plug the inverter into a wall outlet.

  8. 8

    Use butt connectors and your crimp tool to connect your speaker wires to the car radio. Hook up the right speaker to the grey and grey/white wires of the car radio, and the left speaker to the brown and brown/white wires.

  9. 9

    Turn your power inverter on and then switch on the radio.

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