Home theaters have become quite popular in recent years. However, these can be quite large too. Therefore, it’s not uncommon for one of the cabinets to end up at the middle of the cable outlet. Obviously, you can try and reshape the cabinet. But, the chances are that that’s not going to look very aesthetically pleasing. The best solution, in this case, is to simply move a cable outlet. You can always count on your Yardley handyman for a job like this, but if you’d rather DIY it, keep on reading.


Remove the problematic cable outlet

Before you can move a cable outlet you need to get rid of the one that’s creating the real issue at hand in the first place. In general, this is a rather simple step as you’ll probably just need to unscrew the box. Once you do that, all that’s left for you is to pull out the cable away from the wall. This requires your electricity to be turned off, so keep that in mind for your own safety! Basically, you want to remove the cable from the outlet box so that it’s hanging through the wall gap. It’s also important to get rid of any additional pieces that were a part of the outlet, such as a supporting board, mounting plates, etc.


Cut a hole in the wall

The new hole you need to make in the wall should have the same dimensions as the gap you made by removing the outlet box. You’ll be needing a hammer and chisel in order to complete this process. Essentially, what you’ll have to do is to measure the distance between the cabinet and the outlet box. Using the mentioned tools, you have to cut through the drywall. In some cases, you may have to use a drill. Whatever the case, make sure that there are no studs located in the wall behind where your new cable is going to go.


Put up the new cable outlet

In order to move a cable outlet effectively, you need to get the cord out of the last hole into the one you’ve just made. It would be helpful to cut out a piece of backerboard; this piece can then be used for the junction mounting plate. You should screw the plate while at the same time making sure that the cable is going through the hole you’ve created. The cable should then be placed into the old box with backerboard as support.

Of course, a board will be necessary as a cover over the edges of the work box as this will then provide a proper cable outlet. As the cable goes through this, you get yourself pretty much the same setup as the one before – it’s just that you successfully managed to move a cable outlet further away. In order to add finishing touches, use drywall on the old hole and a caulk cover-up.


The whole process is rather simple but it can seem complex. And it’s perfectly understandable if you don’t want to deal with it. For professional help don’t hesitate to call for your local Yardley handyman and ifixit. We will make sure that your cable outlets, entertainment systems and whatever else you want make for a perfect fit.

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