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Re-wiring house electrical - what else?

post #1 of 6
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Hey folks.

My home was built in 1970 or so, and has non-grounded electrical outlets, and I imagine we may be pulling more power than the house was designed for. One of the outlets in the kitchen sparks when you plug things in & out, to give you an idea.

Anyways, we are here for the long term, so are thinking of having the place re-wired electrically. It's a 1800 sq ft 4br ranch in Silicon Valley, with an unfinished attic and a small crawlspace over concrete slab and drywall.

I'm wondering, should I run additional conduit/wires while they are at it, and if so, what?

I have wired cat5 ethernet to my office, and everything else is on wireless g.

We have two TVs, the 61" dlp in the living room, and a 47" lcd in the kitchen/den. I have dish for the DVRs in both spots. Also have Wii & Roku & network blu ray player on Buffalo ethernet converters to go wirelessly to the AT&T Uverse ( internet only ).

I would prefer to have the TVs, etc on wired instead of wireless, and would like the option of tvs in the bedrooms ( other side of the house from the main router ).

Should I run rg6 to the BRs for video, or HDMI, cat5e....?

Or should I treat the eletrical and the other wiring jobs as separate?

Or just go wireless N and switch to Uverse with worse HD quality, but IP tv, requiring only ethernet?

Any advice appreciated...
post #2 of 6
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Originally Posted by simmerd View Post

Hey folks.

My home was built in 1970 or so, and has non-grounded electrical outlets, and I imagine we may be pulling more power than the house was designed for. One of the outlets in the kitchen sparks when you plug things in & out, to give you an idea.

Anyways, we are here for the long term, so are thinking of having the place re-wired electrically. It's a 1800 sq ft 4br ranch in Silicon Valley, with an unfinished attic and a small crawlspace over concrete slab and drywall.

I'm wondering, should I run additional conduit/wires while they are at it, and if so, what?

I have wired cat5 ethernet to my office, and everything else is on wireless g.

We have two TVs, the 61" dlp in the living room, and a 47" lcd in the kitchen/den. I have dish for the DVRs in both spots. Also have Wii & Roku & network blu ray player on Buffalo ethernet converters to go wirelessly to the AT&T Uverse ( internet only ).

I would prefer to have the TVs, etc on wired instead of wireless, and would like the option of tvs in the bedrooms ( other side of the house from the main router ).

Should I run rg6 to the BRs for video, or HDMI, cat5e....?

Or should I treat the eletrical and the other wiring jobs as separate?

Or just go wireless N and switch to Uverse with worse HD quality, but IP tv, requiring only ethernet?

Any advice appreciated...

In my opinion physical cable like cat 6 is cheap. The expense will come in pulling the cable and limitations/modifications chosen to accomodate the cabling and design. When you say having the house rewired, what exactly does that mean? This will be a different process under ideal circumstances than running data cable.

How is your audio/video distrubted throughout your house? Is there centrally located media rack shared by your displays?

There are several posts about people doing just you are talking about.
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
I mean, I'm thinking about having the electrical wiring re-done. If, like you say, the expense is in the labor, what should I have pulled at the same time?
post #4 of 6
The low voltage wiring options are endless.

http://www.cocoontech.com/wiki/Wirin..._New_House_101
post #5 of 6
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I mean, I'm thinking about having the electrical wiring re-done. If, like you say, the expense is in the labor, what should I have pulled at the same time?

Unfortunately you can not just pull out the old electrical wire and tie in data and electrical to the new wire as it is pulled. The routing of data would follow a different path (ideally directly to a router or switch) than your electrical (to a junction box or breaker panel etc).

What I was eluding to in my original post is that they would be seperate projects. They could possibly be done at the same time by the same company as a package deal but not a one for one.

Things that an installer for data would ask is how many outlets do you want in each room and where? The next questions would be where do you want them all to end up? The cable itself is cheap when comapred to the potential obsticales the installer may face when accomodating these requests. Those obsticales affect time which are reflected in the cost.

Wired is great, better throughput/bandwidth and much more stable. If you had no drywall it would be much easier but that is not the case.
post #6 of 6
I agree, kind of.

If you have to fix some drywall because you're running new high voltage wires, then poke a few more holes in the wall and run some low voltage cables too.

Every time you paint a room, think about what other cool things you can add to the room before the drywaller/painter shows up.

Those cocoontech guides should give you some great ideas.

Futureproof - overwire now, while it's easy.
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