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Progress.... [Apr. 19th, 2010|08:33 am]
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Okay - I finally - Finally! - figured out the phone wiring in my house. I have one point of access. Okay, technically, I have two skinny copper wires that I put into a box in a very sloppy manner (a rank apprentice would be ashamed - but I'm not even an apprentice, so I'm satisfied). I have dial tone. I had suspected I might want a low voltage contractor to come in and put together good phone and network cabling, and I just might do that.

I now have phone and internet. Now, all I need is mail. Yes, *mail*. USPS. And I have to figure out what the bloody blue blazes is up with them saying my mailbox (which is like every other mailbox on the street) is non-regulation.

(Interestingly, I did get one piece of mail - my security deposit from my apartment complex! - but nothing else. I didn't think return of security deposits actually existed - I thought that was a myth. )

I have electric through the house. The electric isn't exactly *done*, but I can make espresso now. I don't exactly have the house organizable yet, but I'm getting there.

And I have to remind my contractor that there's one rule that over-rides all others. The Cat Does Not Get Out. You Do Not Leave A Path Through Which The Cat Might Get Out. The Home Owner Has A Deep And Abiding Respect For Human Life, But That Becomes Somewhat Hypothetical When Some Damn Fool Lets His Cat Out After Repeated Warnings That She May Never Come Back.
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2010-04-20 01:11 pm (UTC)

Re: UNSOLICITED ADVICE: low voltage work

One the one hand, you're right - it *is* a better idea for me to do it myself.

On the other, I've been so blah-ish recently with the work situation that I haven't been able to get up the thought of doing this.

On the gripping hand, the foundation work is hitting a $1300 over-run. Without any over-runs, I'd have plenty of money for pet projects and someone to put things up all nice and neat. As it is, I should probably save the money, and re-apply some of my old wiring skills.

The biggest thing holding me back from doing the phone work myself was that the first cable is bad - from demarc to entrance, all I have to work with are those two wires I mentioned - I don't even Cat3 to run into a junction box.

But I suppose running from demarc to entrance isn't all that different from running in the house. And, I might be able to salvage some of the Cat3 by running it in to the house in a closer location. Then - well, all the rest is stuff I either know, or can learn. (e.g.: I'm not sure if phone lines need a signal booster before you split them off to 3 outlets. I don't think they do - IIRC, they can't kill you, but they have a surprising amount of power, given that I'm only talking about 50 foot runs, max.)
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-04-22 11:42 am (UTC)

Re: UNSOLICITED ADVICE: low voltage work

Depending on your interface box, they're not that hard to work in. Mine allows me to terminate two lines on posts (nicely color coded!)... it's just a matter of getting the wire out there. A good drill and some appropriate sealant is all that's needed to get the physical access. Keep the hole small and seal it so that the bugs, cold and wet don't get in.

Phones are 12 volt systems, as I recall, with enough amps to feel it if the phone rings while you're working. You won't need a signal booster for phone service in a home unless you're splitting into more than 5 extensions or devices (by spec): in practice, it's more like 10 devices before you lose the signal voltage. I don't think you'll face any issues with 3 jacks.
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