Heat Shielding for Speaker Wires

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  1. CAPacelli

    CAPacelli Well-Known Member

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    Going to be moving in to a new place in less than two months and I will need to run speaker wires along the wall underneath a radiator.

    Is there a type of recommended sheathing I can buy that will protect the wires from the heat in the winter and keep them from melting?
     
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    I wonder if you couldn’t use a high-temp sleeve like you’d put in an engine compartment for auto wiring. Failing that, if it’s a short space you might be able to just get some foil-type heat shield material at your local Napa or O’Reillys and cut it to length, then fold it over the wiring and put it under the rug or something.
     
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    How close and how hot are we talking? Would a PVC pipe be sufficient? Just cut some pipe, paint it the color of the walls or radiator and run the cable through that. You could also add the heat reflecting material the bird speaks of for additional protection.

    EDIT: ABS*** not PVC...
     
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    That was one of my first thoughts, I'll have to see how high the temp ratings goes on automotive shielding

    Close, like, right behind the radiator against the wall. ABS pipe may work, but I want to make this as aesthetically pleasing as possible for the girlfriend's sake. She already tolerates my huge speakers, I don't want to push it with :p
     
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    If the heat is too much, you could always do thin cable channeling from the corner up to the crown at the ceiling, painted to match, to the opposite corner and run it back. Not ideal, but if you can’t go under or through, over might be the last choice.
     
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    Techflex makes some high temp wire coverings.
     
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