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Old 10-07-2010, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Clayton, NC
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All,
I am pretty tech savvy and I'm sure I could do this myself but it's one of those so much to do so little time things in my mind.

I need to have about 4-5 rooms in my new house wired up with Cat6 cable. I already have the cable and the wall plates. I have planned on doing it myself but I could better use the time on other honey-do projects like tiling the bathroom and mounting Tvs.

Has anyone out there used someone locally that is good at running cable and terminating it? I want all of the cables to end up in the closet in my upstairs office. There is plenty of space above and below the rooms where the cable is going for someone to walk around and run the wire so it should be a 2-3 hr job tops. I'm just wondering if it might be a better use of my time to just get someone to do this for me.

Any thoughts, recommendations are appreciated!
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Old 10-07-2010, 04:50 PM
 
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All,
I am pretty tech savvy and I'm sure I could do this myself but it's one of those so much to do so little time things in my mind.

I need to have about 4-5 rooms in my new house wired up with Cat6 cable. I already have the cable and the wall plates. I have planned on doing it myself but I could better use the time on other honey-do projects like tiling the bathroom and mounting Tvs.

Has anyone out there used someone locally that is good at running cable and terminating it? I want all of the cables to end up in the closet in my upstairs office. There is plenty of space above and below the rooms where the cable is going for someone to walk around and run the wire so it should be a 2-3 hr job tops. I'm just wondering if it might be a better use of my time to just get someone to do this for me.

Any thoughts, recommendations are appreciated!
I can tell you for my office I found someone who charged about 65$ per pull I believe, per run. That was on the very cheap end, most quotes I received were 150$ per pull.
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:06 PM
 
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If it's a 2-3 hour job, you will spend more time researching and getting quotes than you will just doing it yourself.
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Old 10-07-2010, 06:08 PM
 
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If your talking about running these cables down inside finished walls, it will take longer than 2-3 hours if done correctly. You could also consider going wireless, but you already bought the cable.
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Old 10-07-2010, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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If it is easy enough to walk, I would pull the cable and see if I could get someone to put the ends on.
Or I would do the whole thing.
I just pulled about 700 feet of CAT6, but had to crawl up where the crawlspace is less than 18" high with 6 runs. No fun there. Walking would have been great.
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Old 10-07-2010, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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If it's a 2-3 hour job, you will spend more time researching and getting quotes than you will just doing it yourself.
I would agree with this. I tend to think most home projects that are only 2-3 hrs are usually not worth trying to find someone unless you really don't know how to do it or it's really gross.
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Old 10-07-2010, 08:25 PM
 
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I would agree with this. I tend to think most home projects that are only 2-3 hrs are usually not worth trying to find someone unless you really don't know how to do it or it's really gross.

I agree as well, but from his description it's probably going to take him much longer than his estimate.
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Old 10-07-2010, 09:52 PM
 
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I would agree with this. I tend to think most home projects that are only 2-3 hrs are usually not worth trying to find someone unless you really don't know how to do it or it's really gross.
It depends on the complexity of the cable runs because you have to determine the location for the new jacks to be installed, locate the studs, drill the top or bottom plate, run the cable and put the ends on. Multi-story runs are a bit more difficult and time consuming fishing the cables. Having a helper also speeds up the project compared to working alone.

Unshielded ethernet cables should not be ran through the same stud holes or alongside existing AC power lines to prevent any potential RF interference or performance issues.
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Old 10-08-2010, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Clayton, NC
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Thanks for the tips. I'm going to just run it myself. I will have a helper so it should go smoothly. I have run multi-room audio and ethernet in previous homes so it shouldn't be that difficult given the amount of "free space" i have to walk around in. As far as terminating the cable, it's really not that bad if you use a decent crimper.
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Old 10-08-2010, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Thanks for the tips. I'm going to just run it myself. I will have a helper so it should go smoothly. I have run multi-room audio and ethernet in previous homes so it shouldn't be that difficult given the amount of "free space" i have to walk around in. As far as terminating the cable, it's really not that bad if you use a decent crimper.
Have fun!

Wired is the way to go.
CAT6 will set you up for many years to come.

I could NOT get good terminations on my plenum cable with the crimper, so I pushed on female ends to everything and have patch cables to the switches.
Good, bad? I dunno, but I sure like being wired in.
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