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How To Hide Wires Behind Baseboards in 8 Steps

Unsightly wires. Dangerous mass of wires. Keep your home safe if you have little kids.

  • 1. Mark the wall at the top of the baseboard with a pencil to give a reference for cutting once baseboard is removed.
  • 2. Score the top edge of the baseboard with a pen knife to release the paint and caulk so the paint will not peel.
  • 3. Use a broad knife and screwdriver to pry the baseboard from the wall. Be careful not to damage the wall.
  • 4. Mark a line 1/2 inch below the previous line. When drywall is cut on this line, removed and then replaced, the joint will be below the top of the baseboard.
  • 5. Use a drywall saw to cut the drywall along the lower line. Use the tip of the saw to poke a hole in the wall.
  • 6. Drill holes for the cable high enough to avoid nails in the bottom and middle of the stud.
  • 7. Attach nail plates on the side of the stud to protect cables from nails or screws.
  • 8. Attach the drywall and place fasteners into the plate on the replacement piece to miss the nail plates.

Do not attempt this at home if you are not confident of it.