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#150076 10-Jul-2014 15:33
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So once again (this time in a new house) i am trying to run some Cat6 cable through my house - and having a bit of trouble.

This time - the holes are already drilled (previous owner had speaker wire connected up).

Problem is - i can see the hole in the wall fine, i can see the hole in the roofspace fine, but trying to run a cable through is defeating me.

The existing cable was pulled out - and when i try to push the cat6 through it stops because there is a horizontal wooden post (fire break section?) - im sure there is a hole there somewhere but i cant see it thought the small entry hole...

Just wondered how others have done this? do you use a telescopic camera/light or something? or a piece of wire? how do you find where the hole is? and im worried if i find this hole there might be another fire break in the wall further down.

how do professional installers do this? with a telescopic drill or something?

really would love to do this myself and not have to pay someone to do it - but its looking like im gonna have to get the experts in soon - so figured id ask the smart chaps here who might have done this before for advice.

any advice appreciated - alternatively if anyone knows a cable installer in Kapiti (peka peka) who isnt too expensive - id appreciate it.



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  #1086494 10-Jul-2014 15:54
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a flexiable metal or fibreglass rod thats about 1.5m long should do the trick

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  #1086498 10-Jul-2014 15:57
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The experts aren't necessarily going to be able to do it any easier. You tube videos may prove helpful, but as above use something thin and firm that won't easily bend to set up as a guide, to then pull the wire through.  Also make sure the wire is well connected when you do as you may need to pull it very hard.


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  #1086510 10-Jul-2014 16:10
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Sounds like you need A fish tape

Stewarts in Paraparam should have something that would do the job, give them a call

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  #1086520 10-Jul-2014 16:30
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  #1086532 10-Jul-2014 17:10
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a mate who is a sparky is gonna come and have a look tomorrow - he said he could probably just tie something to the power cable thats beside it and pull it up, connect the cable to that and pull it back through.

Will update after he has come out for a look in the morning :)

Thanks for all the replies!

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  #1086533 10-Jul-2014 17:14
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Do not run ethernet wiring in the same hole as 230 V, its a recipe for future problems,

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  #1086539 10-Jul-2014 17:40
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wellygary: Do not run ethernet wiring in the same hole as 230 V, its a recipe for future problems,

Not to mention illegal.


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  #1086541 10-Jul-2014 17:46
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can you explain why? I am pretty sure there are a few shared holes in there already - im sure ive seen AC and coax in the same hole... though id have to climb up again and check.

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  #1086547 10-Jul-2014 17:51
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samdouglas: can you explain why? I am pretty sure there are a few shared holes in there already - im sure ive seen AC and coax in the same hole... though id have to climb up again and check.

If your insulation fails you can have 230v going through your coax or cat 6.

You also have problems with ac causing noise on the cat 6 cable.

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