I have been reading this forum for long time now. Now, this is the time to start a new thread. My home construction begins. I have all my plans ready. I was waiting for my construction managers' okay on self prewiring.
Thanks Steve and Ronnie for your suggestions.
For the record, I bought some pre wiring from the builder's contractor. But everybody know how pricey they are..($70 per outlet), thats too much for me. I have a good skill in woodwork, knowledge about the low voltage wiring and components etc. So, I talked to my construction manager. I showed him my plans. The total number of outlets will be 115. If I let the builder do the prewiring, I will be spending $8000 just for the pre wiring. But when I calculated, I will be able to complete this with in $3000(+ my work, it can be excluded, since I am doing it as my hobby). This is a 4000sqft home.
Media Closet is located on one side of the media room. This closet has door in the back(opens to another closet) and a window/panel in the front(opens to media room). This way I can access the front of the components from my media room, and access the wires and connections from the back.
Enough talk, lets move on..
Media Room 7.1 Prewiring with 2 Location for Sub(by builder)
Family Room and Master bedroom 5.1(by builder)
Major Drop Locations
5- RG6 Quad shield(updated)
Minor Drop Locations
1-RG6 Quad shield
14/4 Speaker Wires from the media closet
14/2 Speaker wires from Speaker locations
14/4 Speake wires from keypad to Major drop in the same room(added)
Security Camera Locations
1 CAT5 (updated)
1 RG6 (updated)
1 18/2 (Added)
6- RG6 Quad shield for satellite
3- RG6 Quad shield for Cable
2- CAT5 for Phone
Every room, Deck, Patio will have 2 speakers with its own volume controls/keypads.
Every room Motion sensors(Added)
Every room Temp Sensors(Added)
6 security cameras
2000ft RG6 Quad: $280(Lowes)
500ft RG6: $66 (Lowes)
2000ft CAT6 : $380(belden - altex)
500ft 14/4: $250(altex)
500ft 14/2: $118(coleman - Lowes)
500ft 18/4: $145(coleman - Lowes)
I am planning to use Levitron Quickport series for the faceplates. It will match with the Piano switches the builder is installing.
Tools and Accessories:
Ladder - 18' Retractable
Wood Chisels 1/4", 1/2", 3/4", 1"
Measuring Tape - Stanley 25'
Drill Bits - Spade bits + Dewalt 72 Piece drill bit set
Drills - Dewalt 1/2" Electrical Drill + 18v Cordless drill
Extension cord - 100 ft 15A
Cable Tie - 3 sizes, 50 packs
Cable Hangers - 50 pack
Wire Labels(Excel sheet printout with Room and port identification. eg MBD1-Master Bedroom Data1)
Electrical tape - 10 pack
Low voltage Backless brackets
I will update this list as and when I move forward/make changes etc. I will try to add pictures once my pre wiring starts.
Anybody think I'll be running short for the following applications?
Whole House Audio, Gigabit network, HD Video and Audio distribution, Home automation/security monitors
EDIT1: Added 2 more rg6 in major drop locations, for HD video and Audio distribution. Added Security camera, motion and temp sensors. Decided to go with CAT6 only for network, and CAT5e for all other applications.