Pedestal Mounting NEAR LB5, LB6, LB8
Homeowners sometimes prefer that outdoor speakers be mounted on or near ground level amidst plants, trees and flowers. It's a great way to minimize the visibility of speakers, particularly large ones. NEAR LB4 speakers offer accessory ground stakes for just this purpose and NEARSCAPES systems come equipped with ground stakes. If you want higher output and more robust bass without using subwoofers, the larger LB5, LB6 and LB8 are the better choices.
Below are detailed instructions how to fabricate pedestals that allow you to secure the larger LB speaker models to the ground. Once you have all the parts it takes just a few minutes to put them together.
What You Will Need (per speaker)
- One Carlon® (Thomas & Betts) E971FB, non-metallic round floor box, which is available from electrical supply distributors such as Barnett.com and others. This floor box is typically ( but not always) available at chain home improvement stores.
- TIP: This part and the adaptor ring described below are not always in stock at home improvement stores and other local outlets so it would be wise to order them in advance from an electrical supply distributor.
- One Carlon (Thomas & Betts) E97ABR2, adaptor ring, which is available from electrical supply distributors such as Barnett.com and others. This part is almost never available at home improvement stores.
- Alternate: The E97DSC is a kit that comes with a similar adapter ring plus a cover plate While you won't need the cover plate, this kit will suffice when you need an adaptor ring right now as it is sometimes available at home improvement stores.
- TIP: If you use the "open" ring supplied with the E97DSC kit you must glue it to the floor box as described in the assembly directions below.
- Two 1" 6-32 standard electrical device screws or similar size self-tapping screws.
- TIP: Use stainless steel or brass screws for maximum weather resistance.
- Optional - PVC cleaner and cement.
- "For Plastic" spray primer and paint or combined spray primer/paint for plastic.
How to Make the Pedestal
- Paint the floor box with the color of your choice. Most likely the same color of the speaker enclosure and bracket (whether the original color or a new one). Keep in mind that most of the box will end up below ground so there is no need to be super-thorough below the first couple of inches.
- While you're waiting for the paint to dry, tightly screw the LB bracket clamp to the ring using the two 1" screws.
- Feed speaker wire through one of the floor box holes and connect it to the terminals on the back of the LB bracket clamp.
- Shove the ring/bracket clamp assembly into the box. The fit is really tight so it will take some muscle to get it fully seated.
- OPTION: If you want to be sure that the ring will not separate from the box, even if hit by a rogue riding mower, use the PVC primer and cement before assembling.
- TIP: If you use the alternate "open" ring supplied with the E97DSC kit, assemble the LB bracket to the ring first and glue the ring into the floor box.
- Plug up the floor box conduit holes that won't be used to feed the speaker wire with the plugs supplied with the floor box.
- To ensure no water gets into the box from above-ground sources, put a small dab of caulk in the unused bracket wire slot.
- Set the floor box into the hole in the ground, pack earth around the box.
- TIP: Line the bottom of the hole with gravel or crushed stone to facilitate drainage.
- TIP: Make sure the NEAR bracket clamp is above ground level
- Slide the speaker onto the bracket clamp/box assembly and lock the lever.
- Remember to install the security screw into the locking lever with the screw and allen wrench supplied with the speaker.
- Contact us if you have questions about any steps in this process.
The Glorious Result