Wiring for data in houses

David J Patrick davidjpatrick-rieW9WUcm8FFJ04o6PK0Fg at public.gmane.org
Sat Dec 20 15:20:01 UTC 2003

Denis Casserly wrote:

>Hi all,
>I've often thought about wiring in houses and I think it makes more sense to 
>have a wiring 'chase' or a route worked out in a house ahead of time. I 
>worked as an electrical contractor in Toronto for a long time and one nagging 
>question in any sort of residential or commercial construction was always 
>"has everything been planned for". 
>	I think a more reasonable approach to wiring consideration in buildings would 
>be to accept that even if you are able to correctly spec and install the 
>required wiring services, it's only good for today. What about tomorrow? 
>	My approach to wiring is to make allowance for these changes. In addition to 
>trying to provide for all the wiring systems, design the construction to 
>allow for easy future wiring expansion by building in chases or wireways that 
>will allow additional cables and conductors to be pulled or fished in at a 
>later date as they're required. If you had wiring access to every room in the 
>house the problem might be solved. This probably isn't the most economical 
>solution but it could be simple and effective.
>	For example if you need to go from room to room in a house you could use the 
>clothes closets to locate the opening for a small chase say 4 by 4 inches 
>located anywhere on the inside wall of the closet where it will never be 
>seem. This chase could go to a common area like the basement, or to another 
>closet in another room. If it was already fished with a piece of jet line 
>string you only have to tie on and have an accomplice pull the other end. 
>Don't forget to pull in a new string with the new cable you're installing.  
>This approach might work with power wiring also, check the National 
>Electrical Code book, it does make an allowance for fishing in cable in 
>section 12.  If you're worried about fire transmission cover the hole with a 
>large piece of 5/8" drywall. Just my two cents.
>Denis Casserly
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I installed an aluminum trough that runs along the cieling
from one end of my bungalow to the other. It's easy breezy to wire stuff up.
It helps that there's no tricky second floor, to get to .

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