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post #31 of 48 Old 05-08-2012, 02:34 PM
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$190 is not bad for 2 wire runs. They can be a pain sometimes, but an experienced installer has many tricks up their sleeve to make the job quicker. Your money will be well spent.
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I agree, $190 is not bad at all. Normally it's about $100 per run for commercial, where running cable is typically a breeze (drop ceilings and open walls). Residential is usually more expensive, especially if they need to run between floors on a multi-level residence, that is pretty tough to do if there are no smurf-tubes or other aids already installed (and usually there aren't).
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Residential is typically a PITA. I'm surprised it's only $190 for two runs. Unless material is extra.

Although I guess I am used to the high prices in this area. When we used to do installs on the side in the 90's, we would have never touched a residential job with two runs for only $190 because they were such a pain.

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The price includes materials. I'm in a north Atlanta suburb.

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The price includes materials. I'm in a north Atlanta suburb.

Well damn! What company did you go with?
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Did a Google search for 'ethernet wiring (mycityname)', which returned servicemagic.com. Requested a quote via their online form, got a couple of calls within 15-20 minutes, but went with the first installer that called: Atlantic Integrated Technologies, Inc. They had good reviews/ratings on that site as well.

Will report back here Friday afternoon how it goes.

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I was also surprise with that price. It is pretty low. You should of ask how much to make runs to every room

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Did a Google search for 'ethernet wiring (mycityname)', which returned servicemagic.com. Requested a quote via their online form, got a couple of calls within 15-20 minutes, but went with the first installer that called: Atlantic Integrated Technologies, Inc. They had good reviews/ratings on that site as well.

Will report back here Friday afternoon how it goes.

I'm sure you will be fine if your home has decent access, which it sounds like it does. Yes, please, report back!
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Looks like the OP has abandoned the thread, but would still love to hear of your results Brajesh.
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So, the installer just left. Total cost $212 (materials + tax included). Only one guy came and it took him 3 hours total. He said the attic and crawling around was the most time-consuming. He ended up making 5 cuts on walls and ceiling, so that's now my weekend project to patch up and re-paint. Overall, well worth it. The installer looked like he had a real workout, sweaty, flush red, and insulation bits all over him. Did a quick test in both locations and full BD rips are streaming perfectly .

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So, the installer just left. Total cost $212 (materials + tax included). Only one guy came and it took him 3 hours total. He said the attic and crawling around was the most time-consuming. He ended up making 5 cuts on walls and ceiling, so that's now my weekend project to patch up and re-paint. Overall, well worth it. The installer looked like he had a real workout, sweaty, flush red, and insulation bits all over him. Did a quick test in both locations and full BD rips are streaming perfectly .

Awesome. How big were the holes he needed to put in the walls/ceiling to route the cables?
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Dang for 3-hours of pure hell, I would say a very good value!
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The key is that what took the professional installer 3 hours would have very possibly turned into an 8+ hour job for someone unfamiliar with what needed to be done.
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Exactly, and it's like 90-degrees in my attic today. The 5 holes he made were about 3"x2", barely enough to put his hand through. I may have been able to do this job over 2 days myself, but the trickiest part seemed to be (at least to me) knowing where to drill down from attic and where to make holes in walls/ceiling to fish the cables.

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3" x 2" is not a bad patch job. I was visualizing him cutting out enough space for an outlet box which is a bit bigger than that.
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3" x 2" is not a bad patch job. I was visualizing him cutting out enough space for an outlet box which is a bit bigger than that.

Yeah - I would have if possible had him install an outlet at each of this openings... hopefully they could be located in typical locations.

I remember when we built one electrical outlet didn't work and it was rather far away from the others. He had to fish through a 90 degree turn to get to it and ended up having to cut a hole. Rather than patch the hole he installed a double outlet at the same height as the others. I was happy and he was since it ended up the drywall guys cut the wire so he could bill the builder for his time.
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Sounds like you got a quality installer if he came to do those wire runs by himself. You got a hell of a deal too, I hope you tipped him.

And especially if the installer had to make a few cuts to get the wire ran, the average homeowners definitely wouldn't have been able to do it. Glad you got what you wanted!
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Exactly, and it's like 90-degrees in my attic today. The 5 holes he made were about 3"x2", barely enough to put his hand through. I may have been able to do this job over 2 days myself, but the trickiest part seemed to be (at least to me) knowing where to drill down from attic and where to make holes in walls/ceiling to fish the cables.

Installers sometimes use thin metal wire rod "piano wire" that is rigid enough to be pushed through dry wall, but when removed the hole can barely be seen. This will be the marker were the installer can drill into the wall from above or below. The installer will then look for that piano wire pushed through into the attic/basement/crawl space etc...
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