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These 10 Messy A/V Racks Are Not for the Faint of Heart

These 10 wiring jobs might leave you without much of an appetite. Click through the slideshow at your own risk!

These 10 Messy A/V Racks Are Not for the Faint of Heart
These racks are so messy with wires and cables, you might be hard pressed to find the electronics.
Credit: Images provided by members of the AV Install Nightmares Facebook group

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Andrew Nichols · April 22, 2019

Every custom installer has a wiring horror story, a time when they walked into a job and immediately canceled their dinner plans and prepared to work overtime. This is because, all too often, homeowners think they can handle the setup and cable management of their home.

In fact, there's a whole Facebook group dedicated to showing off the results of these poor excuses for home installs.

We’ve compiled a slideshow of some of the most atrocious rack installations and nests of wires spotted in the field by keen industry folks who were too shocked to look away.

It isn’t clear in some of these pictures if the tech was installed by an actual integrator or a homeowner who wanted to save some cash. But either way, all of these images illustrate an immense need for a qualified installer.

Good wiring sets up a home for a better user experience. Residential integrators know poor A/V wiring and cabling isn’t limited to the residential world, either. Here's a good example of some seriously terrible restaurant A/V installs from our sister publication Commercial Integrator

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No matter the situation, a lot can be learned by examining these photographs. While it's definitely easier to leave a messy but otherwise functional rack alone, a certain amount of personal pride should come into play for a reputable integrator. 

Either way, pointing out these disasters is both fun and a little bit scary.

Thanks to the contributors over on the AV Install Nightmares Facebook group for these photos. 

Check out the slideshow to see them for yourself! 

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  About the Author

Andrew is a journalist and educator living in the Providence area. He was previously the Editor-in-Chief of a gaming and tech website, and the Managing Editor of his university newspaper, The Torch. He received his Bachelors in Writing and Masters in Teaching from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Andrew at

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