OT: UTP Residential Cabling Cost

Richard Weait richard-gNTHUr35LhcAvxtiuMwx3w at public.gmane.org
Mon Jul 21 19:35:17 UTC 2008

On Mon, 2008-07-21 at 18:30 +0000, Robert Brockway wrote:
> On Mon, 21 Jul 2008, Ansar Mohammed wrote:
> > Hello All,
> > How much should I pay per drop for someone to run cables in my home?
> Back in the old country (which has a similar economy and currency value) 
> the figure $150/outlet was a general rule for cat5e but it would rise if 
> there was any significant obsticles.  I haven't had to drop cable in 
> Canada yet.


I was in this business many moons ago.  Results and skills vary as
widely as the details of the job.  Wiring while the house is under
construction is hugely preferable.  If the house is already complete,
these are some of the things that the estimators would consider when
pricing a job.  

Construction materials and age of the house: drywall and wooden studs,
or plaster and lathe? 
Is the basement ceiling finished?
Is access to the attic practical?
Which rooms?
Which walls in those rooms?
Is the wall painted or papered?
Is the floor carpeted?
Can any pre-existing cabling be used to help?
Where is the destination for each cable run?
How long is each run?

And finally multiplier of 50% to 200% based on the expectations of the
client for how unnoticeable the finished results should be.  

This isn't a bad place to start if you want to try it yourself.

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