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Old 08-04-2008, 10:14 PM   #16
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My recommendation would be to run it through the attic to get to where you want it, try and run it down the outside wall in a closet where you can patch up the wall and wont have to worry about it too much (or where you could put a "access hole" to run additional wire in the future). I was able to run my cable down through one hole in the center of the house which worked perfectly to run all the main level jacks (and garage jacks) to the basement where I have a full data rack setup with all Cisco and 3Com professional grade equipment (Cisco router, 48 port Cisco Switch, 3Com gigabit switch, with gigabit fiber backbone).

Little advice, use a tape measure and double, even triple check your measurements before you make any holes, make your measurements from something that is common to both floors, in my case I was able to base it off of the laundry chute to make sure I put the hole in the right spot.


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Old 08-04-2008, 11:50 PM   #17
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Correct, I am going from 2nd floor to first floor. I figured there was no way to run the cable under the floor to get the wire from where it starts upstairs over to the side of the house where it needs to drop to the first floor.

If there is better way, please, please tell me.
There could be an easier way, depending on the direction your joists run and what is in your ceiling. Potlights are nice because they can provide an access into your ceiling.

Otherwise I would probably avoid that. Patching a ceiling is a little worse than patching a wall, in my opinion.

Either way it's gonna suck to do, involve a lot of fishing from "outlet holes" if you want to avoid patching.

If you go the route of making holes to patch, when you are cutting the holes in your walls cut the sides with your drywall saw angled so that the pieces are easy to patch back in.

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Little advice, use a tape measure and double, even triple check your measurements before you make any holes, make your measurements from something that is common to both floors, in my case I was able to base it off of the laundry chute to make sure I put the hole in the right spot.
theatretch's got some good advice.

However, to avoid having to measure and possibly making an error you could put a length of coat-hanger cut at an angle to make it kind of sharp, put it in your drill and drill through. It'll drill through wood and drywall and leave a small hole where it comes out. Then you'll know without having to measure and very minor repairs
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Correct, I am going from 2nd floor to first floor. I figured there was no way to run the cable under the floor to get the wire from where it starts upstairs over to the side of the house where it needs to drop to the first floor.

If there is better way, please, please tell me.
Where does the wire come from now? There is nothing wrong with using the attic.
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The wire is going from a bedroom on the second floor, down to the living room below it.
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The wire is going from a bedroom on the second floor, down to the living room below it.
And I imagine the walls don't line up? Making the attic route necessary?
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And I imagine the walls don't line up? Making the attic route necessary?
The rooms are both along the front wall of the building. However, I want the cable to travel horizontally along that wall for about 25 feet. This will place it close to the side wall of the building.

With the attic route I was planning on bringing it up the front wall, then over to the side wall in the attic and then finally down that side wall to have the wire end up somewhere near where I plan to place the TV and cable modem.

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