Questions about planning, installing, and servicing all kinds of electrical cabling, such as power, phones, computer networks, speakers, antenna, and so on. See also the [data-wiring] tag.

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Two 3-way dimmers on 6 LED lights - lights blink when on

I wired 6 LED ceiling lights, and I want to control it from two sides, so I used 3-way dimmers on both sides. Everything works, I can dim the lights from both sides, but they blink. I wired a 3-way ...
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How to and what tools do I use to cable between 3 floors at my house.

What tools do I need and what techniques do I use to to cable a cable (coax) between 3 floors. Actually it's from my first floor of a two story home to the attic. I have searched and searched ...
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Cabling for outdoor wireless access point

I'm investigating different options for mounting a wireless access point outdoors to cover my back yard better. One of the options I'm considering is running a cable through the wall and along the ...
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Is there such a thing as a backless junction box/conduit fitting?

I have a battery enclosure for a small off-grid solar installation, and I want to run the battery cables out of the enclosure to the DC breakers and inverter. I'm looking for a backless junction box ...
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Best way to run 40 lan cables in loft style office [closed]

I have a project to run around 40 lan cables in loft style office. The office don't have any conduit attached to ceiling at all. The location of RJ45 Jacks is multiple. I wonder what is the best nice ...
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What Size Heat Shrink Tubing for Splicing Lamp Wire (SPT-2 18-2 AWG)?

I am splicing some lamp cables. The cable is SPT-2 18-2 lamp wire. First I will be using some vinyl insulated butt splices rated for 22-18 AWG and 600v to make the connection. Then, I want to cover ...
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Safest Way to Contain Spliced Lamp Cord

I am interconnecting some strip lights in a closet. They are linkable LED fixtures which each come with a connector cable to link, optionally, to additional fixtures. The connector cables are a bit ...
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Running cable through vapor barrier

I have a manufactured home (2001 vintage) sitting on a crawlspace. (I.e. it has mortared cinderblocks around it rather than skirting.) The home has a vapor barrier attached to the underside between it ...
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Replace existing phone jack with network cable

I'm trying to get wired network to my living room since wireless isn't ideal for streaming high quality video. My first instinct was to replace the existing phone jack, since I don't have landline ...
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What should I consider regarding LAN wiring before building a house?

I am planning a small house (4 rooms, 2 floors, no basement, no attic, 120 sq.meters) and I want to run a lot of LAN cables throughout because of poor WiFi experiences in my apartment. Because the ...
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Where would my cable modem go based on this structured media enclosure's components?

I was at a model home the other day and checked out its structured media enclosure. Inside, it had a "Standard 4 x 10 Voice Distribution Module" and what appeared to be a "1 x 6 3GHz Video Splitter ...
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Why are most of my cable/coax wires disconnected?

I'm researching an ethernet-over-coax solution for my home. In my closet where all the cabling meet, all but two coax cables are disconnected. There are 14 cables altogether, with 12 cables entirely ...
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How do you ground residential network equipment?

I needed to run some Cat5e UTP network cables and decided to add network outlets to most rooms, run new phone wiring and RG6 as well. Much of what I've seen and read about residential and small ...
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How to future-proof a long cable run

I'm starting on a project that will involve digging a long (roughly 150-200 meter) trench from my house down to the road. The trench itself will be a considerable expense and so while the ground is ...
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Can I run CAT5 cables parallel to low voltage (9v) power cables?

The answers to this question clearly state that low voltage and high voltage cables should be kept separate; does this apply to low voltage (9v) power cables and CAT5? The problem: I would like to ...
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How to use Ideal 92-650 F connectors on RG-6 quad shield cable?

I bought a 50 pack of Ideal 92-650 compression F connectors. They're advertised to work on RG-6 and RG-6 Quad Shield cable. However, as I and other reviewers found, it's very difficult to push these ...
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Will running cable near metal stair railing cause interference?

I want to increase the range of my router on the upper floor, for gaming in another room. For this, the cable will have to run alongside metal stair railing. Will this cause interference? Will the use ...
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What is the proper way to run ethernet cable along walls and doors

I'm living in a two bedroom apartment. The cabling from the ISP enters the house in the living room and this is where my modem/router hookup is. The problem is that I have trouble getting decent ...
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What is the official name for wiring hole stops/plugs and where can I buy them?

We have several holes in our house (floor and external wall) that are used for cables (coax and cat5e). The holes are bigger than the cable that goes through them so we'd like to minimize the excess ...
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Is there any easy way to mount multiple single gang low voltage panels in a multi-gang box?

So, a combination of AT&T, Comcast, and the previous owner of my house and made an absolute mess out of the area I'm wanting to use as the network hub of my house. There are five outlets, one for ...
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how to hardwire an exterior rope light properly?

Update: As suggested in answer by Ecnerwal, I am changing the question a little bit. Instead of asking what type of rope light this is, I am now asking what would be the proper way to bring this "up ...
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Can I run CAT5/6 cables parallel to electrical cables?

I am building a new house and am planning to hardwire network cables into each room. Can I run CAT5/6 cables parallel to electrical wires without introducing any general safety issues or losing much ...
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Running ethernet under ground to another building

I'm trying to run ethernet cable about 250ft underground to the garage. It is going through a hard plastic/rubber tubing under the yard and into the garage. Is there anything I should know before ...
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How can I power multiple raspberry pi around the house?

I am planning to power multiple Raspberry Pi's around the house. Some will be security cameras, one will be a media player connected to TV and another one will manage home network and maybe a website ...
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How do I run wired internet from a single router to several different rooms in an apartment?

Here is what my apartment layout looks like: The router will be where the arrow points, the little jack icons are (shockingly enough) where I want ethernet jacks in each room. The apartment is ...
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How can I run Ethernet cabling through concrete walls?

I'd like to run CAT6 cable between 3 rooms which are separated by concrete walls. What are my options? I'm looking for the least intrusive way.
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Is there anything else I should be concerned about while run low voltage landscaping cable through an exterior wall?

I'm hooking up a 300 watt toroidal magnetic transformer located in my garage; it's rated for inside and outside use, I'm using its plug into a GFI circuit, and I'm using 12/2 (12vac) power cable rated ...
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Strengthen repaired cable?

The other day, I accidentally cut the power cable on my lawnmower (you can guess how). I later repaired the cable by stripping off the cable coating and wrapping the relevant wires around one another....
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How can I run USB to every room in the house?

I want to run USB to every room in the house. I saw USB wall sockets on the internet. Is it possible (using multiple Raspberry PI or some sort of extenders) to have USB in every room? I'm thinking I ...
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Is “don't mix data and power cables” and “don't loop power cables” still valid nowadays?

There are two sayings I keep hearing when talking about wiring e.g. home cinema or computer hardware; Don't wrap data/network cables and power cables up in the same loop because the power cables ...
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Cable in backyard

Found a cable in my backyard of a new house after raking the leaves. It is above ground for about 3 feet over some tree roots. It appears to be coaxial, but there are no markings on the jacket. The ...
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How can I run Cat5e cable through a completely finished house?

My family and I are interested in buying a house that was built in 2002. This house is two floors on a concrete slab with a finished bonus room upstairs so there is no attic other than above the ...
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How do I find the end of speaker wire in a finished wall?

I purchased a home with a media room that was prewired for surround sound. One end of the wires is in a low voltage single gang box, the other ends terminate somewhere in the corners of the room. ...
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what is this wall box/bracket for?

I recently moved into a townhome. The living room appears to be wired for surround sound. Where the satellite speakers would go, there are blank wall plates. Behind two of the wall plates are boxes/...
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How would I ground an internal ethernet surge protector?

I have a Cat-6 cable running to an external PoE security camera that I'd like to have surge protected, but I'm unsure how to ground the protector. It has a prong coming off that I assume is the ground ...
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How to protect outside cable wire from myself?

I have a lovely standard black cable wire that wraps almost around my entire house, through, over and under dirt, mulch, rocks, bushes, daffodils...you name it this darn wire hits it all. An ...
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Fittings for conduit passing through ceiling/floor

A follow up to this question: Running Coax cable to the upper floor If I cut a hole in the ceiling of my dining room and then another in the floor so I can run a conduit from the upstairs all the way ...
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What is this velcro-like product?

Does anyone have an idea what this product might be? It was found it on some hired equipment, used as a cable tie / cable tidy. It is reversible and each side will stick to itself, unlike velcro. ...
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Running Coax cable to the upper floor

We are having AC installed in our new house and as a result we currently have two large ducts running against the wall of our dining room. The goal is to eventually have those concealed behind some ...
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Routing cables under the house with raised perimeter foundation

Rather a simple question, I want to route some cables under the house with a raised perimeter foundation. The question is, how should I pass the cables I'm routing from under the house into the wall ...
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Running power to an external building

I'm thinking of running power to my garage, it's about 40 meters away (as the cable flies). I've been researching and already know the best way to do this would be to run a cable from the house ...
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How to store small computer equipment in a home context?

I have a small network at home and with time more and more small equipment was added (such as the Internet box, a RPi, powered hub, external USB drive, etc.). Right now all of this is pretty much ...
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What is the best way to install speakers to interior/exterior of house?

I want to install 4 interior speakers and one exterior speaker, as shown on the diagram below. (S indicates speaker, S (?) indicates 2 possible locations). There is dry wall between the rooms and ...
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Will I have to install new cables when converting from a SD CCTV system to HD?

After a breakin soon after moving into our house, we used our cash reserve to improve security. One of these updates was an 8-channel DVR with four external CCTV cameras. The DVR exposes the cameras ...
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How do I run ethernet cable through a wall cavity?

I want to install an ethernet jack in an interior wall of one room. I'd like to run the cable up through the wall cavity (so it is hidden) into the crawl space and back down another wall to another ...
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What's the purpose of the paper in NM-B cabling?

I mean isn't it a (slight) fire hazard?
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Filling old cable holes in brick

My house had several cable runs left from the previous owner that were cut and redone with every TV service they tried. A handful of the runs were brought in from the outside of the house through ...
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How to add another network cable?

I am buying a house and it has cat-5 cable going to all the rooms. However, it has an RJ-11 plug on it. I'd like to leave that in place and run an additional one or two cat-6 cables. How can I do this ...
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What type of ethernet cable do I need for outdoor use?

I want to run about 100 meters of Ethernet cable out my attic and down a drainpipe. The cable will be exposed to the elements, and attached to a gigabit switch (indoors) at both ends. What kind of ...
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How can I split my rg6 cable runs without losing my signal?

So I've been working on this for months as I finish my basement. We don't have cable tv or satellite. We just get broadcast tv using a digital roofmount antenna and then in the house a digital ...