Making home improvements can sometimes be fun. Taking a livable space like a patio and making it more entertainment-friendly is easy to do and provides years of benefit. Install a patio sound system so you can spend warm days and nights outside with friends and family. Have plenty of food on hand because your yard will probably become the gathering place of the neighborhood!
You will need:
• Outdoor speakers
• Outdoor volume control box
• Speaker wire designed for outdoor use
• Power drill with wood or masonry bits
• Speaker mounting brackets
• Wire tacks
• Wire snips
Step 1: Find a sound system intended for outdoor use. The most inexpensive systems are wired but if you can afford wireless outdoor speakers, you do not need to run any wiring. When an outdoor sound system is run off an indoor system, installation of either type of speakers is easy.
Step 2: Select a sheltered location for the speakers, such as under a porch or eave. Run the speaker wire from the inside sound system through a wall to the desired outdoor location. When drilling the hole through the wall with the power drill, select an inconspicuous spot and make the hole as low as possible. If you must drill through brick, stone, or block, use a masonry bit.
Step 3: Select an exterior wall and use the screwdriver and provided screws to install the volume control box. Run the speaker wire through the box and to each speaker.
Step 4: Test the sound coming from each speaker. Adjust speaker positioning to fill any sound voids.
Step 5: Mount the speaker brackets in the selected locations. Pre-drill holes into masonry or solid wood because shingles and siding may not be strong enough supports for the speakers. Attach the speakers to the brackets.
Step 6: Use the wire tacks to secure the speaker wire to the outside wall. Do not drive any nails into the wires because this creates a fire hazard.
Step 7: To keep moisture out of the volume control box, caulk each of its edges.