How to connect speaker wire to a wall plate

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How to connect speaker wire to a wall plate
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In-wall speaker wiring simplifies a speaker hookup and gets rid of messy speaker wire runs around the house. When you're hooking up your speakers, there's still the final link between the speakers and the wall plate where the in-wall wires terminate. You can make these connections in a jiffy, if you have some speaker wire and a couple of simple tools.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Speaker wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire strippers

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Lay out a length of speaker wire that's long enough to reach from your speaker to the wall plate. Consider how you'll route the wiring when doing this. Cut the wire to length with a pair of wire cutters.

  2. 2

    Split each end of the speaker wire between the two leads of the wire with the wire cutters. Pull apart the leads so 2 inches are separated.

  3. 3

    Insert the ends of the leads, one at a time, into your wire strippers. Remove a half inch of insulation from each end of both leads.

  4. 4

    Identify the positive lead on your wires. The positive lead will be marked with a "+" or colour-coded red.

  5. 5

    Loosen the terminals on the wall plate by twisting them to the left until a hole appears in the post of each terminal. Slide the bare end of the positive lead into the terminal that's colour-coded red or marked "+". Slide the bare end of the negative lead into the terminal that's colour-coded black or marked "-".

  6. 6

    Loosen the terminals on the speaker by twisting them to the left until a hole appears in the post of each terminal. Slide the bare end of the positive lead into the terminal that's colour-coded red or marked "+". Slide the bare end of the negative lead into the terminal that's colour-coded black or marked "-".

  7. 7

    Connect any further speakers by using the method described in the previous steps.

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