Home Entertainment systems – This is one thing many people are looking to learn more about when it comes to spicing up there homes. I’m here to help you overcome any fears of tackling your own home entertainment center and using these tips properly, you can begin home improvements with what you want, rather than what you need.
Our guidelines below will take advantage of the experience of a home audio specialists and audiologists to plan any major room improvement projects consisting of upgrading your Home surround sound system. If you or a member of your family do not have professional training in this area, the steps below that we’ve provided will be easier than you originally thought. A professional interiors consultant who does this as a career will help you do it the right way and avoid a certain electronics disaster.
Steps to our Project
I’m going to run through the different steps we’ll take to prepare our room for our Home entertain system. To do this, we’ll need to either DIY this, or Hire a Home Improvement contractor in your local area to help you out.
- Painting: Your contractor will start with paint first. Make sure they put some painters tape on your outlets if they are going to be painting. Using painters tape is much easier and will protect your outlet covers just as well and Cleanup is so easy! Just let paint sit for a couple minutes and is semi-dry before removing the painters tape. The less adhesive the paint is, the better that removal process is.
- Kitchen: If your planning on have speakers installed in your kitchen as well as the entertainment room, better have your Contractor run some low-voltage wiring as well. Once again, when having your Contractor drill holes in the walls to insert the speaker cabling, make sure to mask off the areas they’ll be working in and cover any valuables to protect from dust that will be created.
Side note: Using the proper tools will make a huge difference while you work on your home entertainment project. Using the correct tools makes your job easier, safer and Fun! You’ll not only be saving some money by wiring up your own receiver and speakers, but you’ll also get to tell all your friends about the handyman tasks you’ve done around you house without your Contractor! Caution: *You should also make sure to read the instructions on using the tool correctly for the best results on your project.*
- Seal Wall Receptacles: After your Contractor has drilled the necessary holes and put junction boxes and ran your low-voltage cabling from where your receiver will sit to where your speakers will be mounted, make sure seal the receptacles boxes to keep heat or cooled air from leaking under and around those areas. Whether you are using Rubber gaskets or Sealant, they are all available at local hardware and construction store.
- Outdoor Speakers: If you’ve decided to put Speakers on the outside of your house that will be controlled from the same receiver your indoor speakers are connected too, speaker to your Local Handyman or General Contractor to correctly run the wires from outside of your home into the junction box located near your receiver.
Pro-Tip: When hiring our a Contractor to run the proper cabling from each of your Speakers – Have the Contractor Label all the wires with either matching numbers on both ends or Matching Letters on both ends. Then you can Create a diagram of which Number or Letter goes to which speaker in the house and keep it in a safe-place in case of troubleshooting.
Now that your contractor is finished running all the speaker cabling from each speaker, and has installed the Proper Junction boxes and face-plates, all that’s left to do is connect the Red & Black wires to the Back of the Receiver and the Rear of the Speakers themselves. Make sure to test is Speaker as your plug the connecting wires into them to ensure that there are no Kinks in the wires and that the receiver/speakers are working in conjunction with each other.