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

Andrew Ruthven andrew at etc.gen.nz
Wed Dec 3 02:38:54 UTC 2008

On Tue, 2008-12-02 at 18:12 -0600, Jeff Walther wrote:

> It is worlds easier if you label each end of the cables before/while
> pulling so that you know what went where.   I kept two Sharpies in my
> pocket, one black and one red.   Black was 0 and Red was 1.   Then I made
> a pattern of stripes on the cable which represented a binary number.   The
> first cable had six black marks on each end.  The second cable had five
> black marks followed by one red.  The third four black marks, red, and
> then black.  Etc.

The trick which a cabling mate uses is this:

Put numbers on each of the boxes of cable Cat5/6/other you're using (you
want at least as many boxes as there are cables going to each location).

Then use sidecutters to cut notches in the cables that reflect the
numbers on the boxes.  Once you've made the run, as you cut each cable
off the spool, use the sidecutters to cut notches in the cable you've
just cut off.  Each run then gets insulation tape round it and numbered
(or better, punched down).

> That way there aren't any labels on the wall plates.  It's a matter of
> preference, but I wanted just pure white wall plates and jacks, without
> any markings.

I've recently been using faceplates from PDL that have a cover that goes
over the wall plate.  This allows you to write labels under the cover so
they aren't seen.  Want to know the jack label?  Pop the cover off.
Really easy.

Check out: http://www.pdl.co.nz/products-nav.aspx?id=648


Andrew Ruthven, Wellington, New Zealand
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