Tricky Cat-5 Wiring

Joe C v2joecr at
Wed Dec 23 00:01:25 MST 2009

Some things that I've found handy in the past

6 foot long drill bits

A string with a nut attached to it for weight (use gravity as a friend)

I do not pull cable any longer I only did it for one job in which I
discovered that I'm claustrophobic. So sorry I don't have the above
mentioned tools as they were not my property ever. But the last one is
cheap & easy to do assuming you don't have anything blocking you..

On Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 11:40 PM, Joe George <joeg at> wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 10:33 PM, Levi Pearson <levipearson at> wrote:
>>> The room of interest has a finished bedroom above it, with no cat-5,
>>> and a finished basement room below it, with no cat-5. I can get cat-5
>>> in the attic, but that's two floors up, and I reckon it would be
>>> pretty easy to drop cable into the upstairs room, but then getting it
>>> down another floor would be tricky, since there's a sub-floor, right?
>>> The odd thing is that I'm sure there *used* to be cat-5 in the room of
>>> interest, but I think it got removed when the previous owners knocked
>>> out a wall in the room to make another door.
>> If you first cut a hole in the room above, you could maybe use the
>> really long, flexible drill thing mentioned earlier to drill through
>> the subfloor so you can access the room you want.  You can get those
>> drill bits, along with other cable-running tools, at Lowes/Home Depot.
>>  You could then put a faceplate over the access hole in the room
>> above, and have network in both rooms.
>>        --Levi
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> I have been able to solve most of the similar problems I have had by running
> cable behind base boards.  You have to be very careful removing them.  I first
> use a utility knife to score all the joints, then very gently work
> them off a little
> at a time using putty knifes.  Don't get impatient or you will break
> the molding.
> When you get them off pull the nails out from the back so you don't mar the
> front.
> You can then route a grove to run the cable to the most convenient place to
> drop the cable down.  Sometimes this involves drilling through a wall into
> another room which you do by taking the baseboard off on both sides of the
> wall.
> You can drill holes in the floor that will be covered when you put the baseboard
> back.  Sometimes it takes a couple of tries to hit a cavity that goes down where
> you can get it through.  Most basements have someplace where you can get
> a cable down without trashing a wall or ceiling such as a furnace or storage
> room.
> Test the connection before you put the base board back and then be careful not
> to hit it with a nail when you put the baseboard back.  I put tape on
> the front of the
> molding to mark where the studs are because sometimes the nail holes are
> still covered.
> Joe
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