Cat 5 Install Pricing

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Hi Everyone,

I've done PC repair work as a side business on the weekends for years now
and recently I have a customer that wants me to install a network in a small
dentist office.  It is a new building and I will be installing 10 computers.
There will be a computer at all 6 dental chairs one at the x-ray machine and
3 in the receptionist area.  The office is not large, about 50 feet by 30
feet and the conduit and boxes are installed for the cable. I just have to
pull the conduit and tack it up above the dropped ceiling and of course add
connectors to the ends.

My question is how much should I charge for pulling and installing cat 5
cable in this situation. I have been given all sorts of suggestions from
$20/ft to $75 per cable drop. $20 per foot seems outrageous to me, but
that's why I'm asking.

TIA.

Mike



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It depends on many factors, area of the country, desireability
of the customer, ect.

$20/ft  might be reasonable for a short job, especially with
a difficult run.  It is excessive for your 10 drop, 600ft job.

One small point:   please do not crimp plugs on wire.
Punchdown onto jacks and use factory-made patchcords.


-- Robert


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Thanks for the advice.That is what I planned on doing. I hate messing with
crimping RJ45 connectors onto cables. The punchdowns are much eaiser and
looks much nicer as well.



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Punchdowns are also more reliable.  They don't move, so don't
work harden.  Users replace patchcords when worn or too short.

-- Robert


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