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Old 07-09-2014, 05:33 AM
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Does it make sense to install 2"inch PVC conduit in a new townhouse to future proof the house ?the townhouse has 4 floors and I plan to have coax to all floors for cable tv/internet.... There is also cat 5e to the main living area for phone connection .

Wanted some advise whether it would be useful to install the conduit or not? They are asking abt 500 usd to install from attic to basement...
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Old 07-09-2014, 06:29 AM
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Hmmm. Never thought about doing that before. I guess the one thought I would have is whether the PVC conduit is going to allow you to not have to call a professional in the future should you need to change the wiring configuration in your house. I sort of doubt it - at least if it were me. I'm quite sure I would need a professional to come and fish it through the PVC conduit. I guess you potentially avoid the need to reopen walls when you fish the new wire, but I doubt you will save a whole lot on the fees a professional charges. I don't really see fishing coax or cat 5e cables through walls to be that big of a deal for a professional who knows what he's doing (i.e., not a guy from he cable company), so I would probably not pay for something like this, but I suppose I'd be open to being persuaded otherwise. I will say that when I moved into my house and had two cable outlets installed, I had the installer wire both coax and cat 5e to each outlet he installed - I thought that was fairly sufficient future proofing. Also, it seems to me that the future is in getting rid of wires in your house, not upgrades to existing wires, but who knows what the future holds.
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Old 07-09-2014, 07:09 AM
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I'd just have every wire you could possibly think of needing run now and save your money on the conduit. I fished my own speaker wires through multiple rooms and levels of my townhouse and it wasn't hard. So wouldn't be a huge deal if you have to do it in the future. The hardest part was patching the drywall which I actually hired someone to do because I hate messing with that. I think the wave of the future will be more & more things becoming wireless actually.

Is cat 5e high speed Ethernet? I would run that to practically every room for internet, because even if you go wireless you never know where you'll want to plug in the modem.
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