Don't laugh I knew a guy that used to post wire homes with a circular saw with several blades on the shaft, and slot the entire exterior wall of the house around the perimeter!
"Frank Olson" wrote in message news:0%jof.112716$ki.32819@pd7tw2no... | BIOSMonkey wrote: | > I would like to install about 4 cameras around my house, not necessarily for | > security but to see who's at the front door, monitor the kid's playground, etc. | >
| > My plan is to install these cameras, run them to the equipment room under the | > stairs in my basement, then get channel modulators to insert them into my cable | > system (or maybe run them into a quad generator to create one channel). | >
| > Without knowing yet what kind of cameras I will get, what wiring should I run? | > Just a coax and 2 conductor power? For cameras with other features, such as | > motion trigger, or audio, do I need more conductors? | | RG-59U, Some Cat 5, and a two or four conductor 18AWG will just about | cover everything that's out there. | | | >
| > Also I am at a loss to figure out how to easily fish these wires through my | > outside walls to the basement. Obviously I want them to be hidden and | > inaccessible to someone with wire cutters, but I don't see how I can run them | > down inside the siding with the boards and insulation on the other side. How do | > you guys do it? | | That part I like... We use a chain saw. We rip a wire way channel down | the inside wall (make sure you wear a good quality dust mask and | protective clothing to avoid injury from flying splinters, odd bits of | nail and insulation). It's also a good idea to use a well insulated | chainsaw in case you hit a live 110 or 220 VAC wire. Lay your wire in | the channel you've just created and staple it all down. Stuff some | insulation on top, and nail on a thin strip of drywall. Don't forget to | tell you wife that you're leaving it like this so that you can open the | wireway anytime you need to service it. | | Seriously, you'll need to get yourself some basic tools as well as some | more specialized ones like a 6 foot flex-bit, and a good quality fish | tape. Judging from your comments you have good access to the basement | (that it's largely unfinished). Drilling or fishing down an outside | wall is never easy, but is possible. You have to be careful about | displacing insulation or damaging the vapour barrier. A fire-stop can | make what looks like an "easy run" a tad more difficult too. | Maintaining separation from higher voltage AC wiring also has to be | considered. Sometimes it's easier to go "up" into the attic and then | down an inside wall to the basement. Without actually seeing what you | want to do or the way your home is constructed, it would be difficult to | comment on which technique is going to work best. If you've never done | this before, it would probably be a lot easier (and wiser) to have a | "Pro" run the wire for you. He'll have all the gear necessary. You'll | have to pay out some bucks but you'll have fewer headaches.