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Cleaning up-IR wire behind TV
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Post 1 made on Saturday February 7, 2015 at 09:32
longshot16
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what are you folks doing with the emitter wire behind TVs? We have done everything from the little adhesive backed squares to just electrical tape 😳.

Site visits always result in something dangling behind the display.


Please help.
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Post 2 made on Saturday February 7, 2015 at 09:49
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We usually tie-wrap and tape any access wire, along with the cable release cords. Haven't had any issues to my knowledge.

OP | Post 3 made on Saturday February 7, 2015 at 10:12
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Then don't behind us on any installs. We do the same but once we move a display for a service call the world comes to an end.
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Post 4 made on Saturday February 7, 2015 at 10:14
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Snap has the tie wraps that snap into hole on back of the tv. Or you bend ties and thread through holes. I really like the foil ac duct work tape available in home centers. Forms to contours and does not come off unless you pull it off.
Post 5 made on Saturday February 7, 2015 at 10:20
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emitter wires get 3m super 33 electrical tape, and in my house thats what hold the emitters on the devices that don't have 232 or buried emitters
Post 6 made on Saturday February 7, 2015 at 15:55
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I embed the emitter and route the wire over to where the AV connections are to bring it out. I zip tie it with the HDMI & power cord and then slip tech flex over all three.

In the last 5 years i have run into 2 TV's that were so thin i couldn't figure out how to get to the emitter without really taking it apart so i stuck the emitter on the Back for one and on the bottom for another with hot glue. Then i made a little bead of hot glue on the back that i stuck the emitter wire into so it couldn't sag. On one TV i had to make 3 beads of hot glue because the AV connections were so high up on the TV.

Electrical tape IMO may seem tacky/hacky but it looks the best. The problem is that it gets gooey and starts to fail. The hot glue isn't too bad looking and it won't fail.
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Post 7 made on Saturday February 7, 2015 at 17:24
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Thank goodness for IP control on Sony TVs. I hate dealing with emitters and the included wires! Almost as much as binding posts on amps and receivers! What was wrong with spring terminals? :P

I usually do what Mac does....pull it tight and tie it in with the other cables. If it sags, electrical tape usually does the trick.

If only CEC worked brilliantly....
"When I eat, it is the food that is scared." - Ron Swanson
Post 8 made on Saturday February 7, 2015 at 19:38
Mac Burks (39)
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On February 7, 2015 at 17:24, Audiophiliac said...
If only CEC worked brilliantly....

It does for some TV's. The Samsungs we used at our last project are all controlled via CEC. Only ON and OFF though. I don't think we were able to get input selection to work but we didn't need it.

Everyone would look at the TV and say "is that it?" Power and HDMI.
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Post 9 made on Sunday February 8, 2015 at 02:25
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On February 7, 2015 at 19:38, Mac Burks (39) said...
Everyone would look at the TV and say "is that it?" Power and HDMI.

Well, yeah, if you're not trying to do anything, HDMI and CEC work fine. It's only the interesting and flexible systems that have problems.

Try making things work when you've got an Integra receiver; satellite and Blu-ray; and the client wants to be able to watch either source using the surround system or just using the TV speakers. (Hint: the Integra receiver turns on even when its CEC is turned off!)
A good answer is easier with a clear question giving the make and model of everything.
"The biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." -- G. “Bernie” Shaw
Post 10 made on Sunday February 8, 2015 at 02:31
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we use small zip ties and zip them to the mount arms. Then use Gorilla tape to suck them tight once the emitter is stuck to the ir sensor.
Post 11 made on Sunday February 8, 2015 at 08:49
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On February 8, 2015 at 02:31, iform said...
we use small zip ties and zip them to the mount arms. Then use Gorilla tape to suck them tight once the emitter is stuck to the ir sensor.

Apperantly you have never had to service a system done with Gorilla tape. Over time that stuff leaves a mass of sticky ooze.

3m super 33 electrical tape. This is the ONLY tape we use. From prewire to emitters. After prewire or years holding on an emitter, the residue is minimal if at all.
Post 12 made on Sunday February 8, 2015 at 10:07
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On February 7, 2015 at 10:14, thecapnredfish said...
I really like the foil ac duct work tape available in home centers. Forms to contours and does not come off unless you pull it off.

6" of Velcro even holds power adapters when needed and it's reusable after a service call. [Link: homedepot.com]. It sticks well to most TV metal, not so well with plastic. Screwing in a piece to the drywall is also a method I use.

I haven't tried the foil tape. Good tip.

Post 13 made on Sunday February 8, 2015 at 14:53
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On February 8, 2015 at 08:49, ShaferCustoms said...
Apperantly you have never had to service a system done with Gorilla tape. Over time that stuff leaves a mass of sticky ooze.

3m super 33 electrical tape. This is the ONLY tape we use. From prewire to emitters. After prewire or years holding on an emitter, the residue is minimal if at all.

I do and the tape comes off without any residue. And it stays on unlike electrical tape that comes off after a while AND leaves a sticky residue as well.
That's been my experience, I don't know about yours.
Post 14 made on Sunday February 8, 2015 at 18:55
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I use wire ties through holes and 33+. Occasionally I'll use one of the square patches. While I don't like the patch look, they will survive an aggressive cleaning lady.
Post 15 made on Sunday February 8, 2015 at 19:13
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I use a small dab of hot glue and stretch the emitter tight so it wont sag. I cant stand old sticky electrical tape falling off, but the 33M sounds like it may not do that.

I dont know if I have the patience to embed an IR. You actually pull the back of the TV off to embed?
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