furley11 – thanks for the link. I had read it previously, but always a good read.
TheYoshi – thanks for the thoughts – after thinking about it again last night, I have decided to go the down the wall route vice through the ceiling. Will definitely look cleaner than having the cables dropping out of the ceiling
Neurorad – I’ll look in to the fire rated caulking. The question will end up being if I have the LV guys put the conduit in the closet prior to the drywall going up, or I wait until the house is ours and then run the cables down without the conduit. My issue with all this is the cost. I know it is a business, but to pay someone $125 to put in a 6’ piece of PVC just irritates the heck out of me. I am doing it for the 6 locations throughout the house that I am going to have TVs or computers, but to pay for 2-3 conduits in the closet wall, I have a hard time with that.
I would definitely agree that >$3K is a LOT, hence my irritation. However, as you mention, for those that aren’t willing to pull some cable or simply don’t want to, it’s their only option. They do install X number of network and phone line cables, however it’s Cat5E. I decided since I was building house and don’t plan on moving any time soon, that I wanted to go ahead and make it Cat6. So not only would they charge me $110 for each new Cat6 cable, but also $35 per Cat5E to Cat6 upgrade. It’s really no difference whether they are pulling one Cat6 to a location or 4 Cat6 to a location, but they wanted to charge me 3x $110 (new Cat6) and 1x $35 (upgrade) for those 4 cables. I opted for the 1x $35 (upgrade) + 1x $125 conduit per location. The savings from 1-2 locations alone will pay for me to run cable for the entire house
I wouldn’t have decided to have them run the speaker wire either except I wanted the volume controls installed in the wall and didn’t want to have to worry about trying to run those later. I did opt to not run the Cat5e to each of the volume control locations since they would have charged me 5x $85 for that. Hopefully I won’t regret that later.
Building a new house is always a balancing act of getting the stuff done during the build that would be too costly or too hard to do after it is completed. Saving >$2,600 to pull some Cat6 later is a no brainer to me