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How do I properly feed coax through an outside wall?

I would like to add a new cable outlet to an outside wall and wanted to find out what kind of drill bit is needed to drill through and feed the coax cable as well as anything else to be mindful of. ...
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How can I install a cable jack without a box?

I recently had our drywall replaced due to flooding. Our coax cables are now just hanging out of the new wall and I need to install cable jacks. Is there a way I can mount the coax wall plates to the ...
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How many power cables can a coaxial cable cross?

I am running coax RG6Q to my FiOS box. I know to cross electrical cables perpendicular, but is there a limit to how many wires I can cross in a short area? See my picture: the coax is the black line ...
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How to detect whether there is a signal on TV cable

I'm not receiving TV in my room and the cable guy has determined that there is no signal on my coax outlet in the wall. There is a signal in other rooms, so there must be a broken or disconnected ...
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How can I test network and coax jacks?

We bought new house and I need to test network (RJ45) and coax jacks to see which ones are working. How can I do that without actually connecting computers/cable boxes?
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How should coax cable enter the house in a harsh climate?

In our house, coax cable comes from the utility in a rear alley, then is joined to a separate cable that enters the house on the second floor. Here's a photo: The black cable on the left comes from ...
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How can I locate a wall from a crawl space?

I am needing to add RG6 cabling to a bedroom that currently does not have an outlet. I have no problem connecting the RG6 to the splitter outside my home, feeding into my crawlspace and running the ...
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How do I terminate coaxial cable in a crimp on F type connector?

I've got some coaxial cable, and I'd like to put F type connectors on the end so I can use the cable to connect my TV to the Cable box. How do I put ends on the cable?
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What do I need to provide the cable company with for grounding, when wiring my own house?

I'm planing to do my own electrical wiring for a new house, and the cable company needs something to attach their ground wire to when they mount the demarcation box. I'd like a clean looking install, ...
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Can I use coax outlets for cable modem?

I recently moved into a home where each room has a coaxial wall plate. My ISP provides internet through a cable modem, where unfortunately the cable input is in a non-ideal location. Next to that ...
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How do I set up a wiring closet that connects to the exterior of the house?

I'm looking to build a central wiring closet for ethernet, phone, and co-ax. I would like this closet to have a single pipe to the exterior of the house, which service lines can come in through. ...
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Installing Coax & Cat6 in 2-Gang with Electrical?

Using a 2-gang box, can I install a (1) outlet, (2) coax, and (3) Cat-6 line without code or interference issues? I have an existing 1-gang box with electrical that I am running the coax and cat-6 ...
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How to poke coaxial cables out of a wall nicely?

I have coaxial cables that are poking out of walls in numerous places all over the house. I don't use them and I don't know why there's so many coming out of each hole. These were left by the previous ...
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How important is it to avoid nicking the center core of a coax cable?

All the advice I've ever come across regarding stripping RG6 coaxial cable says to be extremely careful not to nick the center conductor, and if you do, to start all over again. I seem to be cursed ...
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How do I protect a coax cable junction from outside weather?

I'm planning to re-arrange some coax cable lines in my house which will effectively require me to connect them to a 4-way splitter. The wifey would prefer these connections to take place in a ...
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Cable TV, Antenna, Coaxial - what is this thing?

I'm looking to add an OTA antenna to my home. Over the years, many different cable and dish installers have left thier mark on the home, prior to my ownership. In fact, a dish and all its cables are ...
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Getting Best Signal With RG6

I have recently "cut-the-cord" and have dropped my TV service through my provider, so the only need for a RG6 cable is my cable internet service. My set-up is that the "orange" cable that leads from ...
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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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Find Hidden Problems with Coax Cable in Walls

I am not sure if this is the correct site for this question, so let me know if it needs to be moved. Through the coax network I have set up in my house I can't seem to propagate antenna signals for ...
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Mount amplified cable splitter in wall

Is mounting the PCT-MA2-P2 behind an interior wall a code violation? The power (15VDC 250mA) to the PCT-MA2-P2 is input via RG6 coax cable with F type connector. The media room on the second floor ...
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How can I run a coaxial cable into an existing single gang electrical outlet?

The cable outlet in my girlfriend's living room is in a strange place. She wants to move her TV to a different wall but the landlord doesn't want any new holes in the wall or floor. If the wall was ...
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TV Arcs with Cablebox through both Coax and HDMI

Here is our setup Outlet in older house that was replaced with a GFI last year. (no issues until recent) The GFI doesn't have a ground wire running up from the basement. Just the white and black ...
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Will water damage a spliced coaxial cable?

I have some R6 coaxial cable that runs from the alley underground and into my house to provide high speed internet and TV service. The line was cut by mistake while digging in the backyard. I've ...
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Can I bury RG6 in the same conduit as electric?

I am burying electric wire in a PVC conduit from my house to my shed, I want to run RG6 cable for cable TV also, can I run the RG6 in the same conduit as the electric wire? without any trouble or ...
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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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Can I send audio through coax cables?

I'd like to be able to pipe some audio from a computer in my basement to some speakers upstairs. When thinking about the best way to do this, I realized that my house is already wired with coax cable, ...
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AC Voltage on Coaxial Cable (Cable TV)

I have an issue with my cable box (with DVR). Every morning it displays the word "Boot". I have to reboot it in order to restore cable service. I called the cable company (Comcast) and they came ...
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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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How to run cable down wall near where the slope of the roof meets the ceiling?

I can't really get my body close enough to the point where the hole needs to be to drop down the wall since the slope of the roof meets the ceiling in the attic and leaves only about a foot-and-a-half ...
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What Type of Coaxial is this?

I've been to at least 3 hardware stores trying to find a fitting that will work for this cable. I've had a hell of time getting an RG-6 compression fitting on here. RG-59 won't fit either. It looks ...
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Can an induction range cause interference in nearby Cat6 cables?

I am buying a home that is under construction. The developer installed the vertical Cat6 Ethernet and RG6 coaxial cable runs from the basement to the attic in the wall immediately behind where the ...
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8 way splitter degrades internet signal over time

I have a cable TV plus Internet coming into the house and into an 8-way splitter (CE Tech Home Command Center). From this splitter I have coax going to the cable modem plus 3 TV's. When I have my ...
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Interference with cable and electrical in same box

I'm finishing a basement and am running cable to 2 of the rooms in the basement. I would like to run the cable into a double gang box with the cable outlet on one side and an electrical receptacle on ...
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How many of these items does the electrician put in?

Planning for a new construction. For the interior walls does the electrician: a. put in the orange tube for running future technology wires? b. wire for cat 6 Ethernet cabling for hard wire computer ...
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How do I apply BNC connectors without breaking them?

I have some RG-59 coax cable and I want to terminate it with BNC compression connectors. I bought some compression connectors, and what I think is a pretty good quality compression tool — the Liberty ...
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What do I need in order to fix the sloppy work done by cable providers? [duplicate]

As some of you have surely experienced, residential telecom installers can leave a thing or two to be desired when it comes to how they get the service into our homes. A small project I've had in ...
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Does amalgamating tape adhere to wet surfaces

I want to seal around an antenna cable and joint through an opening that is always damp, so, please, can I use amalgamating tape where the surface it has to adhere to is damp? I have left out all the ...
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How can I remove a stuck coax cable from a conduit?

In my newly-built house, an empty conduit was added into the foundation so that an antenna cable could later be pulled through. The conduit is around 9 meters long and has three 90-degree bends with a ...
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Is it within code to run ent conduit into a junction box on the exterior of the home?

I am in the construction process for a new home. I asked the Low Voltage Contractor to run conduit to about 13 places inside the house. In addition to that I asked for a run to the exterior of the ...
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Single connection 2+ cable devices with splitter

Can I split my incoming coaxial cable that is connected to just one account into two (or more) branches with each having its end device (e.g. one TV, one modem or both modem)? I currently use it just ...
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What is the antenna connection on a European TV called?

I am looking for the name of the cable that goes from a 4-way TV splitter (the Power pass out input) to the back of my TV, as mine has broken and needs replacing. This is to get my antenna and ...
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Code for Buried Comms Cable

Are there any code requirements for buried communications cable (coax for TV/Internet)? Rockdale County, GA if it makes a difference. I have some jokers contractors at my house today who are supposed ...
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Single device for digital to analog television signal conversion [closed]

Recently Time Warner Cable stated that for our area the transmission was going full digital and that individual converter boxes are needed for each television. (http://www.timewarnercable.com/en/...
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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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Tracing TV cable path in wall

I have a weak signal at the TV cable that the cable company thinks is the source cable for the condo, but they are not sure. I would like to trace the path of this cable in the wall to see if there is ...
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Coax directly to box vs. through face plate?

I am running new coax to reroute it so it doesn't run across my family room. I am curious what is the purpose of using a coax jack face plate instead of using a face plate with a flexible opening to ...
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How can I combine a tv signal from the wall to an amplified antenna into my digital TV?

I am having a very difficult time receiving OTA DTV signals and want to combine a few different antennas. I purchased a splitter that actually combines different signals, and it works, but this is ...
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Coaxial connection seems to have switched polarity (on antenna/broadcast television)?

I get a great TV signal by touching the center wire of a coaxial cable to the threads of the wall connection. If I screw on the cable properly, there is no signal. What's happening and how do I ...
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Can dielectric grease be used in coax connections?

I have two coax cables that need to splice together. I am using waterproof F-type connectors but I was wondering if a dielectric grease where the two screw in to each other would be harmful (signal ...