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hi all - not sure electrical is the right place for this, but i'll give it a shot.

i moved into a house that had cable tv/internet provided by unknown. i have always had Verizon Fios, so i had the house rigged for a tv in the tv room (obviously) and the basement. turns out we never go down in the basement (which is only partially finished, and i'm not going to get around to finishing it for a year or so) and the wife wants a tv in an unused bedroom upstairs.

this room has a cable wire coming out of the wall, but where it goes when its on the other side of the wall is a mystery. There are other rooms that were previously wired as well.

down in the basement there are 2 CATV wires that end near where the main verizon hub is, but these 2 CATV wires have been clipped.

is it logical to think that if i can get a male end cap or whatever its called on these CATV wires then getting cable up to the upstairs bed room is as easy as bringing the box from the basement up to the bedroom and getting the clipped CATV wire jacked into the splitter that currently goes to the basement tv?

thanks
 

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Sounds reasonable but until you try it or test the wires with a toner/tracer you won't know for sure.
 

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Assuming it was installed by someone who knew what they were doing, every cable run should be a home run (going to the cable demarc box).

Your cable installer may have clipped all the wire except the one being used.

You can use one of those cheap screw coax connectors but it may not deliver a quality digital picture. The proper stirpper and crimper will cost you about $20.

You cable company will do this for you. Of course they will charge you.
 

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thanks colby - yeah, cable company wants about $170, so $20 sounds like the better deal to me if i can figure it out.
 

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If you buy a tester to find the end point of the wire it will be closer to $50.

You don't want to buy anything expensive so something like this
http://www.lowes.com/pd_761625-295-40040S___?productId=999970936&pl=1&Ntt=continuity+tester

will let you find the wire in the basement or the demarc box. Attach the base unit to the center wire and the nut in the bedroom and then go find the matching wire in the basement. The center wire and the braided metal surrounding it form a pair of wire.

Do keep in mind that the cable company may not be happy your doing the project.
 
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