Running a Cable Between Floors

Old 09-15-14, 12:43 AM
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Running a Cable Between Floors

I know many factors can affect the question I'm about to ask, but I guess what I'm really asking is if it is even remotely possible on a new construction (less than a year old) townhouse.

I want to run an Ethernet cable from the main floor down into the basement. The walls I want to use in both rooms line up perfectly. So, if I were to put a small hole in the wall on the main floor and attempt to feed a cable down, could it conceivably make it down to the next floor? And if I were to run into any sorts of obstruction, what would that be and how could I overcome it?
Old 09-15-14, 01:18 AM
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To go from the first floor to the basement.... you'll see where I drew a red circle. Going down you'll hit a 2"x4" on the flat that makes up the bottom of the wall. Then you'll hit the floor sheathing.... probably 3/4". If the basement was unfinished then you would drill up into the wall. If the basement is finished you could use a flexible bit in the wall where the circle is to drill the wall and get into the basement wall. Using a flexbit leaves the possibility of hitting a wire in the wall a distinct possibility.

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Old 09-15-14, 03:40 AM
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Are they still building in your area? if so go look at one going up and see how the wall is built. PJ Max has a good general description of how usually build but can be many different ways. If a wall on exterior there will be insulation and very hard to run line.
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Good info, thanks. I may have to rethink this one as the basement is finished and this is an exterior wall.
Old 09-15-14, 08:37 AM
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You could look at a wireless range extender.

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