Finishing Up the Flat Screen TV

Posted by John on February 5th, 2013

So it’s been around a month or so since we started setting up our sitting room. We added a couch and finished hiding the HDMI cable now we’ve just finished up the work on the power cables for our flat screen TV. We really enjoy the space so far. It’s nice to have a place to hang out upstairs without being in bed.

Last time we left off on this project, I had run a power cable to the new outlet location.

hiding flat screen tv cables

Since then, I’ve had my work inspected and was cleared to device out the box. Instead of installing a typical outlet, I added a receptacle designed to accommodate the TV plug.

flat screen tv outlet

The recessed outlet permits the plug end to avoid hitting the back of the TV. Here’s what the wall looks like now..

flat screen tv outlet 2

Once the TV was back on the mount, I used a simple zip tie to keep the long TV power cord up and out of the way.

flat screen tv hiding power

All done.

flat screen tv hiding power

Before I started this little cable hiding project, I thought I could pull it off for around $30 as compared to the Powerbridge install we did at a neighbor’s house for $90.

Here are the rough material costs. I didn’t keep receipts.

-HDMI Cable boxes (the orange ones in the wall) $8
-HDMI Cover plate $14
-Outlet box $4
-Recessed outlet $13

That’s a total of about $39. Close. Now I didn’t include any tools or cable since I already owned them nor did I include the permit cost. The permit for the dining room outlet was only about $20. For some reason, the township charged me $60 for this one. I was expecting to pay $20. So, all told, I spent about as much as the Powerbridge. Oh well. In any case, this dual box approach is a little more flexible for smaller TVs compared to the one larger Powerbridge box.

So now we have to add some furniture. More on that next time 😉

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  • It looks great! Just yesterday we were talking about mounting the living room tv to the wall with a rotatory arm so we can rotate towards the kitchen a bit.
    I can't believe you have to ask for a permit to move an outlet around. That's crazy! I guess it's for security purposes? Although now that I think about it, I don't know how people around here do it. I guess no one messes with the electrical unless they really know what they're doing… otherwise they call a licensed electrician. We have a friend who's an electrician so we're always sure we've done it right.

    • The permit is definitely overkill on our part. When we lived in Philly, the city forbade homeowners from doing their own electrical. New Jersey is totally fine with it. So, I don\’t mind the hassle and the added cost to keep it legit.

  • Oooh permits. Sometimes I really think some places go totally over kill with their requirements. Thankfully we live in a relatively relaxed township!

  • The recessed outlets are so nifty! Blah hate dealing with permits and paperwork. I'd rather just do it!