Install Hardwired Outdoor Speakers Thru-Wall

Exteris Outdoor Speaker Setup: EA200/200SW Hardwired Speakers - Thru-Wall Example

Exteris Outdoor Speaker Install Guide: Hardwired Speakers - Thru-Wall Example Our second example hardwired outdoor speaker installation is a another typical situation where the planned route for speaker wiring is from the interior to exterior through an exterior brick wall at ground level.

 Important TIP!  Be sure to check local building codes before routing speaker cable/wire. This type of application will typically require cable rated for “in wall” installations and may require a permit.

 Important TIP!  The hardwired outdoor install/setup examples are more simplified since we covered all the detailed setup steps in the previous stand-alone outdoor stereo example. Therefore, if you skipped reading through the stand-alone example, we recommend that you read this page before proceeding.  

 

Exteris Outdoor Speaker Install Guide: Hardwired Speakers - Thru-Wall Example As with all the installation examples, the very first step is to decide where to place our new speakers. Again, we will install our hardwired EA200 or EA200SW outdoor speakers in the same location, e.g. to the left and right of the center window as shown. However, in this example, we will route our speaker cable through an exterior brick wall of the house to our outdoor speaker install location.

 

Exteris Outdoor Speaker Install Guide: Hardwired Speakers - Thru-Wall Example Next, we determine the routing path for the copper/cpvc pipe. Since we are routing the speaker cable through the wall,select a point on the exterior wall that not only provides access to the stereo system inside, but also avoids potential obstructions in the wall cavity, such as studs and electrical wiring.

 

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Exteris Outdoor Speaker Install Guide: Hardwired Speakers - Thru-Wall Example Once a suitable location is selected to penetrate the wall, confirm we have a clear path through the wall,then measure/transfer the internal wall penetration location to the closest mortar joint on the exterior wall.

Use a masonry bit to drill a hole in the mortar joint between the bricks and use a long wood drill bit to drill a hole in the outer wall board/covering (just behind the brick).

From the exterior side and using our thin stiff wire or long awl, insert the tool through the brick mortar hole all the way to the backside of the interior wall board, then (depending on the wall board material) push or tap our tool to penetrate the interior wall board - this is the point to drill a larger hole to accommodate the speaker cable/wire feed-thru bushing. The bushing protects the wall board and provides a nice clean finished look.

 TIP:  Use an electronic stud finder on the interior wall to locate potential wall penetration points. Use a thin stiff wire or a long thin awl to penetrate the interior wall board and gently probe the stud wall cavity for internal obstructions.

 Important TIP!  To be safe, make sure all electrical power is disconnected prior to probing the stud wall cavity.

 TIP:  Another option is to use a long wood drill bit to drill the interior access hole from the outside/exterior wall hole.

 

Exteris Outdoor Speaker Install Guide: Hardwired Speakers - Thru-Wall Example Now that a path through the exterior wall is identified, we measure and sketch the complete routing plan, purchase the needed materials, and start the process by cutting all the necessary pipe sections and dry fitting with elbows/tees etc., as we layout the entire path prior to threading the speaker cable through the pipe channel/raceway.

 TIP:  In order for the first elbow to fit flush against the mortar, use a metal hacksaw to remove about 1/2” of one elbow side as shown.

 

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Exteris Outdoor Speaker Install Guide: Hardwired Speakers - Thru-Wall Example Once satisfied with the dry fit layout, dismantle the pipe sections. Using the long stiff wire discussed above, tape the speaker cable to the back end of this wire and use it to feed the speaker cable through the exterior wall. Pull all the wire needed for the interior routing at this time, leaving enough wire on the outside to complete the exterior routing. At this point, seal the hole around the speaker wire on the exterior wall. We used silicon sealer and let the silicon cure before proceeding, but a small amount of mortar could be used also.

The next step is to thread the wire through the pipe sections and assemble. Starting with the pipe and fittings at the exterior wall penetration and work our way down to the speaker install point, using just enough copper pipe clamps to securely fasten the pipe in place.

 TIP:  Copper clamps may be used “as is” or cut/bent/modified “as needed” to meet our specific clamping requirements.

 TIP:  Use silicon sealer on pipe sections and fittings as they are assembled for water-tight seal.

 TIP:  Be sure to check the speaker Owner’s Manual for recommended wire gauge based on the total distance from stereo output to speaker input. In some cases, the recommended wire gauge may require the size of the copper/cpvc pipe to increase to accommodate the larger wire size.

 

The speaker cable run is now complete. Routed from an interior room through an exterior wall and over to the speaker installation location.

Click video for a close-up review of our installation to this point.

 

 

Exteris Outdoor Speaker Install Guide: Hardwired Speakers - Thru-Wall Example We are now ready to move either a set of EA200 or EA200SW speakers into position for connection to the newly routed speaker cables. Once in position, connect the speaker wires to the terminals on the cabinet backs - paying careful attention to signal polarity.

 

Exteris Outdoor Speaker Install Guide: Hardwired Speakers - Thru-Wall Example Rotate each speaker tower into its final position and another clean, ugly cable free installation is FINISHED!

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