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Pre-Wire Your New Home - Chapter 5: The Actual “Pull”

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Pre-Wire Your New Home: Plan For The Future
Chapter 5: The Actual Pull
Author: David Feller


This is the fourth installment of a multi-part series covering all aspects of low voltage wiring in the home: entertainment, security, automation, and future planning. A new section will be published every few weeks.

Whatever systems or wires you choose, these general rules and procedures will make the job easier. Here are the topics covered in this chapter:

Overall Considerations
The Media Cabinet
Coordinate with your Electrician, LOTS to think about:
Pulling Wires
Prepare the spools
Plan the ends
Keep Wire in walls
Plan the Run
Pull Carefully
Secure the Wire properly and finish per code
Extra Tips

Read the complete article in the latest issue of our eMagazine at HomeToys.com
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It is really a article with rich knowledge. I read less this kind article
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Those are great articles. Thank you very much!

I just wish that I had found them a month ago before I finished my basement.
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Chapter 3:

Generally a cat6 installation will run 30% more than a cat5e installation, and a full classF installation will run triple....

Cat5e is good to 100MHz - upgrades NEXT loss, return loss, and ELFEXT loss, 1Gb-T
Cat6 is good to 250MHz - doubles S/N ratio - 1Gb-TX, some can support 10Gb

Cat5e supports GbE just fine... No need for Cat6/7 unless you're going for 10GbE and no need to mention 1000BASE-TX since it's basically dead, thus the lack of need for Cat6 wiring and it's cost increase. Even if you have 10GbE equipment, the majority of home devices in the foreseeable future will never support it. I suppose an interim technology could be released to make use of Cat6 but it doesn't look promising.

I'm glad you covered installing conduit in chapter 4 though. It along with floor to floor wiring risers are almost always overlooked in homes. Any cabling that's installed will eventually go the way of the dodo bird and then pulling cable becomes a labor intensive task without them.

You might also want to mention the newer "Bundled Multimedia / Residential Structured Wiring Cable" that contains multiple cables since it reduces the needed pulls, size of conduit, and can add future expandability.

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interesting read, though I would check your local regs 1st before doing a thing as looking at that layout used in a home, personally if I was going to prewire a home or retrofit 1 I would use conduit right the way through..

comms cabling and data points base on 1 standard, cat-5e, cat-6a or cat-7, check the min regs with your telco provider..

2 years ago in Australia telco mandated cat-5e as a minimum install requirement..

not sure what your telco providers mandate min code install requirements within the states..

I would do a colour code install for comms cabling, personally i'd go for cat-6/6a..

where you're going to locate points close together 100mm separation should be observed with conduit going down the walls.. separation of services should be mandatory..

personally I'd base a whole home on 220v, it's a bit of a bitch having to use step down transformers on gear just so you can run 110v..
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not sure who you talking too???
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