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Hi there! I hope I have hit the right forum! I work for a company that manufactures wire and cable. Ahem, the best wire and cable in the industry! Of course I have to plug that in! BUT FIRST, I need to mention that THIS IS NOT AN ADVERTISMENT. I think our wire and cable is one of the best in the industry(and made in the U.S.), but I am not posting here to sell our products. I'm a fair marketer.


I'm doing research and I need some rich content!!!! I am the web designer for the company (Isotec, Inc.), and I put together a newsletter which goes out every month for Installers and Distributors. It's been doing quite well. We have developed a nice little community and interest in our wire and cable products are growing tremedously! While my boyfriend is in this industry--also an installer, I can't write down 10 technical wire and cable tips each month from him, now can I!!! I really need to start some where, and I thought this would be the perfect place.


I REALLY need something from you guys! I need YOUR expertise! I am putting together a tips and tools of the trade section for our newsletter, which will also be on our website. I would very much like to share the best wire and cable practices. The section is called the Installers Corner: Best Practices. Each month, I want to include 10 of the best wire/cable practices to share with other installers and industry professionals. You will get full credit for your practice and it will also be archived on our site for vistors to read. Eventually, I'd like to create a full section dedicated to installers.


Please post your best practices on the forum, or feel free to e-mail them to me at:

[email protected]


our website has the last newsletter, which I plan to improve more and more as I gain more knowledge in the industry, and better content. I'm very open to new ideas also, so please feel free to tell me if there is something that installers would want to read or see!! I really appreciate the feedback!


You can link to our website by searching for Sheer Sound Wire and Cable, or you can check my profile, I think it is up there.


I can't tell you how much I appreciate your help on this!!! So once again, if you want to be known for your wire and cable expertise, please take part!!!
 

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Valerie, welcome to AVSF. You will find it a great forum. I guess I will jump in. There are many types of low voltage wiring. There are many types of wire. There are many things to wire in both residential and commercial prewire and retrowiring. If I could generalize low volt wiring into a few basic practices it would be:

KIS (keep it simple)

keep all wire labeled

keep all connectors securely on

keep it clean


There are so many others to say, but I will let the gang express some tips. If you need anymore specific tips email me, or ask me here.


Scott
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Thanks for posting! Although we do manufacture low voltage cables (fire alarm, security, hvac, irrigation, traffic signal.....) I'm looking for specifics that relate to wire and cable in home theaters.


Your tips are definitally good though. I agree and many installers (including my boyfriend) will tell you that it IS important to keep it simple, clean and labeled. But what are some special things you do to keep it simple? How do you keep things organzied when pre-wiring a whole house "future proofing" as they call it? If you go to our website, and look at the current newsletter, there are sample topics (listed below) that I am looking for, although I am definitally interested in any good practice that relates to home theater. Especially home automation and the structured solutions.


Below are the topics I posted on our current newsletter, but I am definitally interested in way more that just these three, and as mentioned am open to to these:


1. The Organization and Installation of Structured Wiring Cables for New Residental Constructions. How do you go about making things easy on the home owner, and keeping things in order for your installers?


2. Organizing a Home Theater. (Don't forget to include the wiring) =)


3. Time Saving Techniques in wiring homes.


Hope this helps some of you get started! The more I get the better! If you want credit for your Best Practice, you should probably e-mail me and I'll be sure to include your name, company, and location--whatever you desire!


Thanks so much you guys!!!


Valerie
 

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Perhaps it could help ALL OF US if Installers that could USE SOME GOOD PRACTICES and TIPS could post questions relating to home theater wire and cable? That way we all get what we need!


just a suggestions!


thanks again!


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Valerie, I think you are the first girl to hit this forum, in years. That's a good thing. HT is not just a male thing (niether does the internet).


I also think it's a good thing to see you attacking the cables issue, from a different perspective, and not from the usual "I can hear a difference between cables" one. We are all tired by those kind of comments.
 

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Thank you for your comment! I am very much fascinated by home theater for sure. Since, as I've mentioned, my boyfriend is in home theater, I've met a lot of home theater installers/designers since I've been in the industry. The guy's I know through him are all really great! Also, I've been to two CEDIA shows, coordinating our booth as an exhibitor and working it as well. I've met a lot of installers/dealers/designers and I have had very positive experiences in conversations with all of them. I enjoy discussing home theater. Especially when I gain more knowledge about it. I want to be able to bring the best resources to you guy's and of course I have to focus on my job, which is basically marketing our wire and cable!


The best part in knowing many of you guy's is being able to have all those toys in my home! My boyfriend is always messing around w/ the home theater system and our surround sound....plus it's cool to use my company's wire and cable! =)


I'm glad to be one of the only women on this forum, I'm used to it! It is predominantly a mans industry, but when I meet other women (rare) in the industry, we both agree that more women could definitally benefit from being in it....I think we bring in a different view of things. Most of the women I meet in the industry are more on the resource end of things...advertising and trade magazines such as SDM, CE Pro, Home Toys, and Residential Systems.


I like this forum so far the best though! You guy's are great! I think I might stick around a while, so long as responses are good!


Valerie


PS Anyone reading this....were you at CEDIA? What did you think?
 

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Valerie, off topic, but I think that you should marry your boyfriend. You have no idea how happy your lives could be without WAF/HAF. Total nirvana...


Back to the cables issue, do you have a website ?.
 

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lol!! I don't mind the off topic...I speak in tangents as it is! Actually Don and I have been together for about two years, and have been living together for about a year now....we have discussed marriage and when we feel ready to jump in, we will! =)


Anyways, I can't post my company website yet. but I'll try:


sheersoundcable (.com) =)


Some of you may have used our home theater wire and cable in the industry, we make wire for many of the big distributors. I'm not at Liberty to say whom we make our cables for though.


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Valerie, I hope you stay around. I agree a ladies perspective helps in the industry. I know of two other female members, but I cannot remember their ID's. The complete AVI hierachary ( www.audiovideointeriors.com ) is female. So everyone has something to offer. About marriage, it is a good thing, but we dated a year first, and now 9 years later have three little ones. Never hurts to wait. But marriage is great.

To keep prewire simple, I use many of the techniques this site uses for prewire: www.swhowto.com

Labeling each end of wire (by a Sharpie, or heat-shrink tubing) is important because one person may prewire and another come out to complete the trim-out phase. It is best to draw out a wire map with wire route and wire type for the home owner. Structured cable wiring be design is more simple to the old school wiring in which multiple lengths of coax, CAT 5 etc. was spliced to several points. Structured cabling goes directly to each wall plate then back to the home run. Keeping it clean entails always using a measuring tape to get outlet height and a level to make each outlet dead level. Using a small shop vac after wards looks professional and shows respect to the homeowner. Another way to keep distributed (whole-house) audio simple is to run 16/4 (16 AWG, 4-conductor to each volume control (VC). Then taping off the VC with a 16/2, instead of running hundreds of feet of additional 16/2. Home theater wiring can be more future proofed by wiring for "7.1" (8-channel) surround sound. Wiring for side and back surrounds re-creates a 360 degree enveloping effect. Some home owners like in-wall, in-ceiling, or out-from-wall speakers. It is best to prewire for surrounds in the ceiling AND sides for front and rear surrounds. This will add flexibility and ultimately save the home owner high retro labor rates. Using specialty tools from: www.lsdinc.com can save labor costs and sometimes accomplish custom work that could not be done without them. I get my wire from www.libertycable.com in Colorado Springs. I save on shipping cost because I can will call the cable and they are awesome for customer service. Hope this is more specific. Let me know if you need more Valerie.

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got to love fox and hounds.. invest in good tools. safety safety safety. do not rely appon someone else to disconnect power do it yourself. aso check with voltage sensors for hot wire behind walls where drilling.. tag all circuit breakers one has discoed and lock it if you can.


one thing to consider is allot of things can be learned using the telcordia standards for wiring as well as at&t safety docs. allot of these things can be found through telcordia(bellcore) one other thing to do is look at safety docs through ITU(international telecommunications union) yea its not home theater but 750amp -48volts can be dangerous.. also wireing is essential when it comes to date and signal trans. also cable testers are great.. be it for coax or cat5/6


HTH
 

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WAF would take on a new meaning. What if she thinks the equipment and install you picked isn't good enough? Cost would be out the door. Bunkrupt city.
 

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Some of us wives have more interest than our husbands. How warped is that? ;)


My husband is a computer junky and for the life of me I can't figure out why he's not into HTPCs. I think he's just to overworked to have time for the hobby but he's willing to put down the cash when I ask for a new A/V item and we are planning a HT in our new house so I figure the bug will bite him yet.


I laugh often when I see posts about the WAF. I think I have a HAF to deal with. ;)
 

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Hi Beth, nice to meet you!


Forgive my ignorance. What is WAF and HAF stand for? I'm sure I'll kick myself in the ass when I see it, but that's ok! =)
 

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I had to ask once as well. :)


Wife approval factor and husband approval factor. Bet you can guess what BAF or GAF is. ;)
 

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Hey Guy's!!


I still need some good install tips for our November Newsletter!! If you would like to check out the October newsletter, visit our website. The new issue will be up by the end of this week. Or you can join our mailing list and get it in your e-mail. To join the mailing list, just type in your email addy and you can get the next issue, which will be the first issue with Install tips and best practices! Not only (i hope) will it be helpful to installers, but also for installers interested in submitting their best practices. You may get some good ideas! I still need many more tips, so please keep them coming!


Please e-mail them to me: [email protected]


Thanks!


Valerie


PS: We are running a VERY SHORT survey on our website (I put it together), and we are not getting very many responses! I would like to know what I need to do in the next few months, and by finding out what the needs of our installers are, I'll be able to get some great resources out! So if you guy's have some time, I'd appreciate you taking a visit to our site so that I can get some good survey results, would love your guy's help on this! survey can be accessed from our homepage.


Thanks for your help!!!
 

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Hey, Valerie, welcome! My fiancé is my helper and VP, and she loves our movie room, too, so I certainly am open to a non-gender-biased forum.


I seem to be the resident electrician around here. I wouldn't know where to start with tips and tricks, but I would love to contribute if you have an "ask the electrician" column or an FAQ section. Let me know. I can be reached via my website, phone calls okay.
 

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Hi Larry!


I noticed that you have subscribed to our mailing list! Thank you! I'd love for you to fill out our survey! I need more results! =) Anyways, I agree, there are many tips and best practices! I'm all set for this month's newsletter. We actually do need some FAQ question/answers for our site. The site right now, is pretty underdeveloped (my fault)!! I deal w/ so much at my company (and I LOVE IT) that sometimes I can't get all the projects done that need to be done!! Most importantly, I am working on our newsletter, the sheer sound product section, and lastly, our isotecwire.com website which has maybe 3 pages! Sad, I know!! I'm getting to it! As for an ask the electrician, we were planning to add that to our website! =) I was going to do an Ask the Expert section which would of course be questions realted to home theater wiring and cable, but if we can't answer a question, I'll know who to contact for sure!


I'm good for content on this October issue (which should be coming shortly!) but I definitally need content for next month! All these at some point will most likely be on our website (not just as an archived newletter, but as a section on our website. Perhaps by you reading our October newsletter, it will give you an idea as to where to start on writing a best practice/tips and tools of the trade. I look forward to working with you and other electrician/installer and wire/cable specialists!


Take Care!!


Valerie
 
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