questionswhat is your favorite way to hide the cables for…

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Running them through the wall. As in, inside in between the studs.

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I personally have my giraffe lay in front of my tv. The long neck is perfect for blocking the wires.

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@falcondeal: I have a mini giraffe so his neck isn't long enough.

...(sadly the "official" website is no longer available, this was the best link I could find)

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I did what @zuiquan: said. I think it needs to be an inside wall (need conformation on this mine was). Then I added 2 http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=105&cp_id=10425&cs_id=1042510&p_id=4001&seq=1&format=2 to finish off the hole nice.
I did use fish tape to run the wires.

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=105&cp_id=10520&cs_id=1052005&p_id=8288&seq=1&format=2
Works for a 1-3 cables. They also have flat HDMI cables.

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@caffeine_dude: I'm pretty sure you can do that in an outside wall too, depending on your wall structure. You can always literally drill through the outside wall and have the cables run down the outside of your house, which is what the cable company will do if you don't specify you want a wall fish in some cases. My husband ran additional outlets for cable and electric in our house and they are in outside walls.

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@mkdr: Ya the cable company is crazy. I had one pull my wall phone jack out of the wall and their cable out of the hole.
They did not bother to unscrew it so I could fix it easily.
That was the last time I let them work on anything without me. Turns out when you 'help' them they are pretty nice guys.

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@caffeine_dude: My husband works for a cable contractor now...I have learned a lot about what goes on with cable installations in the last few years. Funnily enough, he got the job because I had him run all of the wiring inside my house when I moved in (it was so old it never had cable run in or to it) and was insistent with the cable company that their person was only allowed to hook up the line to the house. This was due to a previous bad experience similar to yours. Their rep was so impressed with my husband's work he offered him a job.

The stories he has...

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Get thee to a hardware store, and buy a fishtape.
So named because of it's ability to "fish" wires thru things.
With a little care, one can run the fishtape under the carpet, near a wall
It doesn't have to be from point A to point B all in one shot, neither.
I have TV and ethernet cables run thru the place,
and if you don't already know where, you won't know.

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While I agree that cables should be run in the wall space, I have seen and have done the cable covers on the wall (sort of like conduit). Now, a company does make a rather large (wide) and flat channel to run them in, where each section of the channel or conduti screws to the wall . The whole thing is then painted to match your wall color. This is really nice for HDMI and power connections after the flatscreen is mounted on the wall.

I had preplanned my cable, and even speaker wires for my flatscreen, everything in the wall. Forgot about the HDMI and the power cord. Can you see it after it is painted ot match the wall color - yes - is it highly noticeable - not really (that is the key).

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the plastic channels that look like chair rails are what I use. They're even paintable, and fit a power cord, 4 hdmi cables, 1 set of component cables, Kinnect wires, wii sensor wires, 2 sets of AV cables and 1 s-video cable.

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I'm fond of hanging the TV from the ceiling, personally. Long vertical shaft sets it where I want it, handles all the cables, and can be turned for different viewing angles. Just like the displays you see at the airport, at the bank, etc...

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@kamikazeken: Thanks. Do you have a link to an example of this? That sounds pretty cool.

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@zuiquan: Agreed. But there are certain reasons that I prefer not to. I thought of fishing the wires through the wall studs as well. I'd think about that possibility again.

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@caffeine_dude: Thank you very much. The wall plates are really nice.

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On an interior wall I like to use a fishtape unless said wall is insulated. Otherwise, wiremold is the way to go.

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If you cannot run it through the wall, pick up a rectangular dryer vent from home depot. Cut it to fit, and drill holes where necessary. Paint it to match your wall. Affix with screws.