Question about Pioneer PDP-4350HD 43 in. Plasma Television
You are correct in having concerns. Many articles on the web say cut two holes, run the wiring and you're done. This is incorrect, unsafe, and can void your insurance policy in case of a fire.
Many local building codes are based on the National Electrical Code (NEC).
First, the NEC does not allow flexible power cords (or extension cords) to be mounted inside of walls. This means you can't run the TV power cord inside the wall. So a new AC wall socket will have to be installed where it will be hidden by the plasma when mounted.
Second, all wiring run inside a wall must be rated by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) as Class 3, or CL-3. This means the cables between your cable box, DVD player, etc. must all be UL CL-3 rated. Fortunately, CL-3 rated HDMI, Component, Coax, and other cables are available. They are just a little harder to find and will cost a little more.
Third, make sure the wall mount you purchase can handle the weight of your plasma and is securely bolted into the wall studs.
If you follow this advice, you will pass inspection by even the most picky home inspectors and insurance companies.
Posted on Dec 05, 2008
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