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yohan 07-22-2008 01:21 AM

I want to add an Ethernet / TV Cable / Telephone jack to 4 bedrooms ...
 
I would like to add 6 jacks in total, 4 in the bedrooms, one in the living room, one in the kitchen in an older (1959) house. The jacks will have 1 cable, 1 phone, 1 or more ethernet.

I have all the cabling and I'm no stranger to crimping or hooking things up (I have an IT background)

I am, however, a stranger to pulling wires in a home and I have never added an outlet/plug/jack of any type in a room with existing drywall.

The basement has panel ceiling.

Should I go from the basement and drill up into the walls or should I pull the baseboard and drill down through the bottom 2x4 ? I searched and can't find anything specifc for this ..

Whats the best way to do this ? Is there a certain height they should run? What if I cut out drywall and there's electrical wire running, will there be interferance etc ?

Thanks..

Speedy Petey 07-22-2008 07:10 AM

If you have a basement and can drill up that is definitely the way to go.
Look for other wiring or plumbing that is going up into a wall and drill in the same plane as them.

Crossing and running short distances near line volt stuff is no problem. Do not run parallel to and near it for more than a few feet.

I keep lo-vo stuff the same height as receptacles.

yohan 07-26-2008 07:30 PM

Thanks for the tip, I've been doing this. Do I need to install a box behind these? Whats the best way to mount keystone jacks to the wall when I have all the cables up through...

It was more work than I expected, when I got under the panel ceiling theres cement along the outside wall between the joits that was added, enter the demo drill .. I'm uber tired but have access to under the outside walls where I want to go in through and didn't have to add any drywall work for myself (yes!!)

Bcoleman6 07-28-2008 05:21 PM

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Originally Posted by yohan (Post 143323)
Thanks for the tip, I've been doing this. Do I need to install a box behind these? Whats the best way to mount keystone jacks to the wall when I have all the cables up through...

It was more work than I expected, when I got under the panel ceiling theres cement along the outside wall between the joits that was added, enter the demo drill .. I'm uber tired but have access to under the outside walls where I want to go in through and didn't have to add any drywall work for myself (yes!!)


I would mount a box, HD sells orange box/brackets for low voltage old work. Something like this.
http://www.hometech.com/techwire/cn-sc100rr.jpg
They also sell cover plates with 1 to 6 holes for snap in jacks (Cat 5, coax, and phone).

yohan 07-28-2008 11:39 PM

That looks awesome, I dont have to depress a jack into the wall and drill it in all combersome, plus I'll have more room for looping the wires around ... Looks like those just have the bracket that turns behind the drywall and holds the Keystone (up to 6 cut out) jacks ?

nap 07-29-2008 11:59 AM

correct.

Those (low voltage cut-in rings or old work rings or remodel rings) are simply a box and the attaching mechanisms without the box portion. The provide attachment points for a standard trim plate.


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