Installing and Concealing FlatWire
Southwire says that the average consumer can install FlatWire without the need for any special tools or training. Here's what you need to install FlatWire:
- A marker
- A spray adhesive
- A plastic squeegee
- A drill or electric screwdriver
- A clamp if installing any FlatWire that requires custom connectors
- Mesh tape and a concealing compound
First, measure the distance between the power source and the respective device. Southwire recommends that you add 8 inches (20.3 centimeters) to both ends to be on the safe side.
Next, use the marker to draw the path the FlatWire will take. You may not have a perfectly straight path from the power source to the device. You can bend FlatWire 90 degrees with a simple fold. Keep that in mind as you draw the pathway so that you can keep the folds to a minimum.
If you're installing speaker wire, you'll use the spray adhesive to attach the FlatWire to the wall. The adhesive allows you to make adjustments before it tacks. Smooth out the FlatWire with the squeegee to get rid of any bubbles or wrinkles. You'll need to mount the anchors or wall boxes with a drill or electric screwdriver. Now it's time to trim the end of the FlatWire to the right size. Then you can attach FlatWire to the appropriate connector or wall box and you're ready to plug in your devices.
If you're installing a data, video or subwoofer wire, you'll need to mount your wall boxes first, plug the FlatWire in and test it, then adjust the length of the wire using the custom connector. Determine how long the wire will need to be and use the guide on the custom connector to align the connecter with the pattern on the wire. Snap the connecter shut to hold it in place, use a clamp to secure the connector, gently break the guide away from the connector and cut the wire to the right length.
Now you can glue the cable to the wall the same way you would with speaker wire. Then you coat the wire with mesh and then the concealing compound. Once the compound is dry, you sand it smooth and then paint over it. Your wires are now practically invisible.