[lug] OT: wiring a house for ethernet

Zulaware zulaware at comcast.net
Mon Jun 28 11:07:55 MDT 2004

Having fished many a wire myself, it is definitely worth avoiding due to 
the many unknowns lurking behind drywall (plumbing, wiring, protruding 
nails, fireblocks, insulation, dead critters, etc. etc.) that can make 
even short straight runs a daylong process, mostly in fixing the damage 
caused by finding a clear run. Plus, fishing wires is usually done with 
heavy current-bearing wire, not delicate CAT5. Generally, the cheapest 
(worst) wiring job will cost more than the best WiFi setup.


Timothy Klein wrote:

>On Monday 28 June 2004 10:05 am, Ryan Wheaton wrote:
>>the new house, I'd like to have a more "professional" job -- you know,
>>with eth outlets in the walls, instead of running cables under carpets
>>and such.  Any ideas on the best way to go about this, or how the pros
>>really do it?  I haven't been able to locate any kind of crawl space
>>under the house, and finding an attic may not help me cause most of the
>>rooms are downstairs...
>You would have to do what electricians call 'fishing wires.'  I have never 
>tried it, but I have read about.  It sounds like a royal pain in the *ss.  
>Preferably you would find an existing cable causeway, tap into it, use 
>semi-rigid 'fish tape' (a thin sheat of flexible metal, with a loop), and 
>drill a small hole through drywall.  You would push the wire through the 
>cable causeway, and pull it out somewhere else.  You would probably need two 
>If you can't find the existing causeway, you would have to drill holes at 
>every stud (and remove dry wall at every step).  You could look this stuff up 
>in an DIY electrician's book at the library.  I did.  It didn't sound even 
>remotely appealing to me, so I bought 802.11g.  :-)
>>If it's too much of a hassle, anyone know of any good local companies
>>that will do this for not too much $$?
>I suspect it could get pretty expensive.  Fishing wires is the most time 
>consuming part of an electrical job, from what I have read.  And they charge 
>by the hour.
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