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Question on wiring for new home

We are constructing a new home and are starting the low voltage wiring for whole home audio/video, automation, etc. I asked the contractor to run conduit to each TV location but he is suggesting running the existing wires (I asked for 3 cat 6 and 2 RG6 at each TV location) free and run an empty 3/4 inch smurftube in addition for future expansion. So basically not run the 3 Cat6 and 2 RG6 through the tube. Do you experienced folks think this is fine? I think he is trying to save labor to keep cost down but not sure since I am totally new to this and any knowledge I have is going through this forum :-).

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We are constructing a new home and are starting the low voltage wiring for whole home audio/video, automation, etc. I asked the contractor to run conduit to each TV location but he is suggesting running the existing wires (I asked for 3 cat 6 and 2 RG6 at each TV location) free and run an empty 3/4 inch smurftube in addition for future expansion. So basically not run the 3 Cat6 and 2 RG6 through the tube. Do you experienced folks think this is fine? I think he is trying to save labor to keep cost down but not sure since I am totally new to this and any knowledge I have is going through this forum :-).
I only have run 3/4" conduit for RG6 for my roof antenna. I found it work but was tight pull around some threaded spots. I use 2" conduit. Drop ceilings give the most flexibility. Consider if that is a look you like.

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Install the conduit empty. Run the cables outside of the conduit. The conduit is for future cables that haven't been invented yet.

For a TV in a room with surround sound, also run cables/conduit to the equipment location, and run cables for the speakers. Bury speaker cables behind drywall, but take pictures before the drywall goes up so it's easy to find them later.

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Install the conduit empty. Run the cables outside of the conduit. The conduit is for future cables that haven't been invented yet.

For a TV in a room with surround sound, also run cables/conduit to the equipment location, and run cables for the speakers. Bury speaker cables behind drywall, but take pictures before the drywall goes up so it's easy to find them later.
It is good that you mentioned speakers. I currently have seven. My mains have acoustic couplers that can do the job of sub-woofers including earthquakes. Recommendations on the number and placement of speakers keep changing, (such) as height speakers. It gets complicated.

You can pull obsolete cables out of the conduit and replace them with what comes along.

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Your contractor has it right.
the smurf tube only has a pull cable in it on house build.
The planned cables don't need it.
And you don't have to remove the old cables as they are 1) old and 2) installed and broken down and 3) a PITA to remove anyway - who cares.
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