How do I run CAT5 wiring in my house


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Old 07-16-00, 08:45 AM
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I live in a 2 story house and have 4 computers networked together via CAT5 wiring with RJ45 connectors. These wires are currently laying on the floor between rooms and even go down the stairs to my bedroom and living room. Are there techniques for installing this wiring in my existing walls or should I call wiring specialist (i.e., cable tech, electrician, phone company)?

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Old 07-16-00, 11:32 AM
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A lot depends on your personal skills and tolerance for making and fixing a bit of mess.

You would have to feed your wires down thru walls and keep them far enough from the regular electrical wiring to prevent interference from the house electric wires.

If you are lucky, and there is some place where you have easy access to a point where ductwork passes between floors, getting is a lot easier.

one way or the other, you would have to cut holes in walls, and possible notch studs and cover the notches with plates to prevent future accidental nail or screw damage. The easiest way to do the horizontal runs is to pry off your baseboard and run behind that because the baseboard will cover wall damage.

This stuff is pretty thin and flexable, you can get it into and thru places that you certainly couldn't get Romex.
 
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Old 07-18-00, 12:39 PM
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Are you familiar with the cat5 requirements? It's not just using cat5 wire. There are requirements for bend radii, how much force you can use pulling them, how close they can come to electrical wire, etc. You can find the information in the library, on the web, or in fairly new electrical wiring books.
 
 

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