08:05PM | 02/08/04
Member Since: 02/06/03
28 lifetime posts
I have a stupid do you install a wall plate for anything ..i have my internet cable coming thru the wall but want to make use of a plate so it loooks nicer. The hole i punched out is rather big but not bigger than a plate ...what do i screw the plate into in order to hold it tight to the wall ? What stops the wall from cracking when i do this? ..Hellllp!!!

Thanks ,


05:52AM | 02/09/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
549 lifetime posts
You have two ways to approach this wall plate business. You could buy a simple wall plate blank or one with a coax connector and attach it to the wall with a pair of anchors and screws; or you could install a wall box and attach the plate to that.

To attach a wall box: Buy a rework electric box (blue plastic rectangular box with tabs top and bottom that grip the wall from behind and tighten with screws). Draw an outline of the box on the wall and carefully cut out the rectangular hole with a key-hole saw. Route the wire into the box, then insert the box in teh hole and tighen the tabs into place. Attach the cover.

Easy way: buy a pair of plastic wall anchors. Mark the hole locations top and bottom of the plate and drill 1/4 inch holes in the drywall, insert anchors, attach cable to plate and attach plate to anchors.

If this is not clear, post back.

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