Maybe we need to upgrade the installer too?
August 20, 2013 3:35 PM Subscribe
The house we bought years ago came with an existing home theater system, speakers wired into the walls, TV installed above the fireplace, components tucked away in a cabinet, all cables hidden away in the walls. It has been pretty awesome, but some of the components have started to fail. We bought a new TV, and the installer is talking about having to open up the wall to run the new HDMI cable alongside the existing cable that is already running through the wall from the TV to the component cabinet a few feet away. We really don't want to cut the wall open if we don't need to, and it seems to us that it should be feasible to use the existing wiring to pull through a new HDMI cable. Are we wrong?
posted by ambrosia to home & garden (7 answers total)
I should add that the existing system was pretty state of the art when it was installed, with a great deal of attention to detail. I'd be surprised if the original installer didn't anticipate eventual upgrades, if that would change how wires were run. But we're not the experts, so we're just not sure if this is standard procedure or maybe this isn't the installer for us.