[mythtv-users] OT: Wiring a new construction home for A/V, Ethernet, etc

Mark fairlane at springcom.com
Tue Dec 2 18:30:03 UTC 2008

Travis Tabbal wrote:
> Oh, and don't touch any laminated beams if you have them. I was told 
> even a tiny hole means it has to be replaced. I also didn't drill any 
> roof trusses for the same reason. I didn't need to anyway, the 2x4s at 
> the top and bottom of the stud cavities are generally fair game, so I 
> used those. The floor joists in the basement had knockout holes 
> pre-cut, so I used a hammer to knock them out and ran cable in there. 
> I was told I could knock every one of them out without damaging them. 
> If you have a friendly general contractor, ask if he can set aside an 
> area for you to use as a basement to attic chase. I used a triangular 
> area in a closet space. I just had him add a small wall there and I 
> had about 1.5 square feet to work in. More than enough. If you have a 
> gas water heater or furnace, you might be able to use the same space 
> they run the exhaust vent in.
 From an engineering perspective, if you drill a hole in the middle of a 
glue-lam, it won't know the difference.  Don't drill down towards the 
bottom though.

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