I gave up on wiring my home!!

February 16, 2012 at 13:15:39
Specs: Windows 7
After purchasing 1000 feet of cat6 plus color-coded end connectors plus punch-down tools plus wall plates, I decided that this project is beyond my ability!! Should I just donate these materials to some charity? Is there a market for this stuff? It's all brand new.

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#1
February 16, 2012 at 13:19:38
I wouldn't say there's a market for it and used you'd be lucky to recoup 50% of what you paid.

You might try local "for sale" sections of the newspaper or watch "items wanted" column.

What is the problem you're having exactly? I ask because I've done a lot of cabling and it's really not that complex. I might be able to offer some sound advice and even a couple tricks/trips for making the job easier.

From what I can see the only tools you'd need that you haven't mentioned would be a drywall saw, a long drill bit (drill bit size depending on how many cables you'll be pulling per run), a hundred feet of heavy twine or small guage rope, and a fish tape. Oh, and a patch panel to terminate all the cables to of course.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#2
February 17, 2012 at 05:03:34
Wiring is done one foot at a time. Start in the rooms where mistakes would not be that apparent. Install one line at time and test after each.

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#3
February 17, 2012 at 07:27:31
Sorry wizard-fred but that's just not really good advice unless each and every run is a single cable.

What if you want two or more network ports per wall outlet? Then pulling cables one at a time would take a whole lot longer than need be. Chances are you're going to pull minimum two cables per wall outlet. Be it 2 network or one network/one phone is irrelevant.

If it were me, I'd be using 4 hole faceplates and I'd be pulling 2 and 2 which would require 3 cables. Phone only uses one pair and there are 4 pairs in a Cat5e/6 so you could have up to 4 phone connections with a single netowrk cable ergo the single cable for 2 phone connections.

There are two reasons I recommended some heavy twine. One, it can be used to pull cable where possible and two, you can use the twine to measure out your length and that is what I'd be using it for in this case.

Pull the twine along the exact path your run is going to be. Start where your patch panel is going to be located and stop where you outlet is going to sit. This will give you the exact length of cable required, including all bends and twists and going around objects. Then, add an extra 6 feet (2 metres) just to be sure you have enough wire just in case. Then use that twine to cut however many lengths you need for that run (2, 4, 6 etc), label them ath both ends (1, 2, 3 etc) and then pull all cables at one time together. Do this for each run in your house and it will save you a lot of time, and hassle.

Since the OP hasn't responded back I suspect they never will but I'd be more than happy to help them figure out how to do this with the least amount of hassle.........or anybody else for that matter.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#4
February 17, 2012 at 09:01:21
Forgot to add, you want to wait until all runs are pulled and terminated to test. It's a two person job with one person at the patch panel and the other running from outlet to outlet with the other end of the tester. A pair of walkie-talkies can be very helpful with this.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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