Replace coax with ethernet

Old 05-28-17, 07:28 PM
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Replace coax with ethernet

I was hoping to replace a coax cable with ethernet from my homerun box to the study. I tried taping the wires together and pulling but it seemed the connection of the coax was too large, either for staples or hole to pull through. I ended up cutting coax connector off and taping coax to ethernet and pulling this way. It went great until the last 8 feet. Something got stuck and the tip of the coax pulled out of the sleeve and the tape released the coax so now i have ethernet cable run from my home run box to approximately 6-8 feet above the the termination box. Without drilling/cutting a hole is there an easy/recommended method to fish out the cable? Fearing it may still be stuck, should I pull it back towards the homerun box a little bit and see if I can then feed the cable outside of the staple down to my box? Looking for any advice. Thanks.
Old 05-28-17, 08:07 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

It's pretty hard to answer your question but if the coax was installed when the house was built.... it most likely got caught in a staple.

When homes are built... even the low voltage cables need to be fastened to the studs.

What I do when I know the cable is stapled but it's loose..... I strip the coax down to the center conductor and make a hook out of it. I remove the outer jacket from the cat5 and fold the 8 wires over the hook and tape so that there is no place where the splice is larger than the coax jacket and then pull it. It does not always work.

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