When you’re lying idle on your lawn hammock or having a backyard party, an outdoor speaker might be the best companion for you. With heavy beats and rhythms, they’ll certainly give lives to the party!
But every good thing takes its toll of setting them up. And there is no exception with outdoor speakers as well.
In case you are new to this process, we’ve crafted a whole list of steps in this regard. Take a few minutes of break, and go through the whole process-
Step 1: Determine the location of the speaker
Before taking the first attempt to install an outdoor speaker, you need to figure out the right place. But, this might not be quite on your hands, as most of the speakers tell themselves about the type of place you should install it.
Based on the placement and location variation, there are a number of outdoor speakers. Have a look-
1)Wall of ceiling speakers.
In general, the most useful kind is wall or ceiling speakers. So, we would pick that up for this discussion. Lawn, patio, outside wall, deck, etc are the right places for these sort of outdoor speakers.
Select the right place and move forward to the next step-
Step 2: Prepare the opposite side of the wall
You are going to install the outdoor speaker right at the outer side of the wall. So, there will be drills and holes, creating dust and debris at the opposite side of the wall.
So, take a drop cloth and cover the opposite floor of the wall. Make sure whatever comes out from the access holes, are caught onto the cloth.
Step 3: Create wire-holes in the wall
Once you’re definitely with the right spot to set the speaker up, start drilling the wall to create holes to pass the wires.
If you want to connect the wires with a wall mount power socket, you might drill the holes horizontally. But in case you want to take the wire to the floor, you have to drill angled holes.
Step 4: Make the both ends meet
What we mean is, you need to make sure that the drilled holes have equal size of openings on both sides of the wall. In order to do that, you might try drilling holes from both sides in the same direction.
But the best idea would be to drill with a machine that reaches all the way down to the other end of the wall. Otherwise, it’s going to take a whole lot of guesswork.
Step 5: Pass the power and audio cable through the hole
Once you’re done with making a properly accessible hole, it’s time to pass the essential wires through it. If the wall is made of wood, that might not be a tough task to go through. But if it’s a cement wall, you might need some extra help.
What you can do is, you can take a strong but thin stick as a medium. Tying up the wires with the stick will help you to take the wires all the way through the wall holes.
Make sure to take both the power wires and the audio input jack at the same time.
Step 6: Create covers for the access hole
No matter you’ve created one access hole or two, you just need to ensure that they are covered in a proper manner.
What’s in the process of covering? Well, you can use a plastic or metal made blank at first place. This will secure the holding of the outdoor speaker as well.
To create even further insulation, you can use silica gun to create a waterproof, air-tight seal on the holes. While applying the silica get, make it certain that the wires are not harmed at all.
Step 7: Make sure that there is enough of the extra cable
Although, you should be careful at this point before, you might have made it checked already. We are talking about keeping enough of the extra cable inside the wall.
Now, how long of the cable you have to keep inside? A rule of thumb is, keep that much length of cable through which you can create at least a few drip loops.
Drip look is a U-shaped jog on the cable that you can make between the wall surface and the speaker terminals. Drip loops help to run the water(from outside) down to the cable and drip off the bottom of the loop.
Step 8: Staple down the wire run
Of course, your wires are going to be twisted and messed up unless you staple them up. Also, tangled and loosely hung wires can be a source of accidents.
Use a heavy duty staple gun to square off the whole wiring. Make the stapling at the equal interval and keep any kind of strain off the system.
Step 9: House the speaker
We are almost at the end of our process. By now, you should be done with all the hassles regarded to wiring. Now, take the speaker and make a proper housing for it. Make sure to keep it on such a space where it’s protected from dust and rain.
Step 10: Double check the connections and power up the speaker
The final step is to power up the whole system. In case you have not checked the wire connections by now, make sure to check them once again.
Don’t let any loose connection or loose stapling stay as they are. Use sealants like silica wherever you can. And if possible, stick the whole wire system to the wall. In this way, it won’t create any extra tangling or loops on the floor.