Food Truck Thursday returns to RTC; How to hide TV cords

Local Upcoming Events

  • This Sunday, April 10, is Good Deeds Day at Gesher Jewish Day School (4800 Mattie Moore Court, Fairfax) from 1 to 4 p.m. Volunteer for a project throughout the community here.
  • Also on Sunday: There will also be 7:30 p.m. outdoor screening of “Another Way of Living: The Story of Reston, VA” about community founder, Robert Simon, at the Reston Town Center Pavilion (11900 Market Street). Free.
  • The Reston Regional Library offers the opportunity for students to read to trained therapy dogs for 15 minutes on April 12. Sign up here.
  • From RestonNowFood Truck Thursday has returned to Reston Town Center. The vendors will park at Reston Town Square Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Thursday of the month through the summer and early fall.

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Image courtesy McEnearney Associates

Home Improvement Tips

No one wants to see a bunch of tangled cords coming out of their TV, especially if you are showing your home to prospective buyers right before your house removal. It does not take a handyman to get creative with your TV wall mounting. Use these ideas to hide your TV cords.

  1. Simple DIY style — This is a straightforward way to hide your TV cords. Cut a small hole behind your TV and another one behind your entertainment center, preferably close to the cable box. Next, pull the cords through mount plates or flexible tubing, making sure to tighten them to the wall. Make sure you use a stud finder to ensure you have an open space to run the cords through. Plug in the cords once they have been pulled through the wall. It is important to check your local building code to ensure that running the wires through the wall is safe.

Here are some other ideas for hiding TV cords, that can be used for both wall-mounted, and non-mounted TVs.

  1. Zip-tie it — Using a multi-outlet plug in place of a full power strip can help keep unsightly cords off of the ground. Bundle the wires with zip ties behind your entertainment centre to keep your TV space looking nice and clean. This also creates the illusion of more space, which is very important in case you are ready to sell your home and ready for home removal to a new place.
  1. Get strategic — If you have a TV stand or cabinet below your wall-mounted TV, strategically place items that will hide the length of the cord running down. You could use stacked books, large candles, vases. This will add accent features and keep the space nicely covered. It is a plausible strategy to use after home relocation, as it presents a chance for you to rearrange your belongings straight from the removal boxes.
  1. Use your furniture —Notch out one of the legs of your TV stand to hide the wires. On the backside of the TV stand (or cabinet), notch out a thin line running down the back. Direct the wires into the notched area to keep them from getting tangled and to keep them out of view. It doesn’t take furniture removal to get the idea that you can get creative and utilise your furniture to the fullest.
  1. Choose proper location for your TV — Often the location of the TV is poorly chosen and doesn’t allow any options for hiding the cords. That is why it is important to select the best place for your TV. Sometimes you will see a better location for the TV only after proper furniture removal. However, if that means a better looking interior and more convenient place for the TV, it is well worth the effort.

Article by Ella A. granted on behalf of ilfordmanandvan.com

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