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Does anybody have sources for "cabling" in bulk or wholesale? - March 20, 2012, 12:33 PM

I am currently under contract to purchase a new construction home which is in the process. I have luckily been given the go ahead to install all the low-voltage wiring throughout the house myself.

I plan on running the full gamut...
CAT5e Ethernet
Telephone (also through Cat5e)
Coaxial
Speaker
Component Video
HDMI

I also may run a couple of more high-voltage wires for future use but not connect them cause I don't know how to mess with those.

The house is basically 3 stories (basement +2) and the patch panel for all of these connections will be in the basement. So I'm looking at a lot of wire to run up and down. The Audio/Video cables will be more local to each room. Unless someone knows how to run HDMI over Cat5e.

I need help finding a source where I can purchase these cables as needed. And if anybody here is actually willing to help me run them through the house I would be in your debt since I will most likely be given no more than 2 days to wire the whole thing before the drywall is scheduled to be put up. I also may need some help with the terminations because I know how this stuff works but I'm not a pro and definitely don't have pro tools or know the best place where to get the wall panels.
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If you dont want to order through online, Micro Center should have the majority of what you need. From spools of cable to whatever you need to terminate it with (RJ-45 or RJ-11) and the appropriate tools they should have it.
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It's always easier to find online but I'm hoping I can find somewhere local that I can use only what I need and return the rest since I don't exactly know how much it will take to wire up the whole place. Thank for the link Kodak.

Any electricians on here that might have vendor/resale licenses and can get these at wholesale/discount prices???
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Don't forget to invest in a signal booster or two as well. You don't want have overly long runs and drops without one installed along the way.



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recommendation:

for home theater rooms, run conduit from where you want your TV and where you think the AV equipment will go. Then install HDMI.

Depending on how long you plan on staying in this house, this is the way to go to be future-proof. Who knows how long HDMI will remain the standard. (Component didn't last too long).

And +1 with all the rest. Monoprice.com has near-dealer prices for cables.


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i remember my coworker talking about doing this over 10 years ago when we were fresh out of school. he kept talking about when he built his dream house he'd have conduit running all throughout, so he can change out the cabling to whatever is the newest standard at the time.


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for home theater rooms, run conduit from where you want your TV and where you think the AV equipment will go. Then install HDMI.

Depending on how long you plan on staying in this house, this is the way to go to be future-proof. Who knows how long HDMI will remain the standard. (Component didn't last too long).

And +1 with all the rest. Monoprice.com has near-dealer prices for cables.
Can/should conduit be PVC or copper? Which is cheaper/better/easier?
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Can/should conduit be PVC or copper? Which is cheaper/better/easier?
Neither it should we EMT or AFC


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sorry im always thinking commercial you should probably just go with AFC conduit.


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Depending on how long you plan on staying in this house, this is the way to go to be future-proof. Who knows how long HDMI will remain the standard. (Component didn't last too long).
I concur.
Fiber Optic/IR came almost as fast as it went.
Then component jumped in to kick RCA out but then only lasted what, 6-7 years give or take before HDMI came along and pushed it off of boards.
HDMI is already in it's 3rd iteration if I'm not mistaken.
Who knows what's coming down the pipe in 3-4 years.

Honestly, wireless protocols are probably the next step.



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monoprice is so cheap, that you are still ahead. oh and they send a return label with each shipment.


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Heeeyyy... I'm gonna have to check out that return label part then. Maybe they'll take back the amount that is not used. I'm assuming I might as well just get a 1000' spool of each since I don't know how much I'll actually need. Figured each floor is about 10' and the length of the home is basically 40'ish. So I think the runs would be no longer than say 30-60' to each drop. About 8-10 drops.

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Thanks. But the developer has a company that will come out and do the professional installation but they charge $135-$165 per outlet per cable and about $600 for the home theater installs. Which is why I'm doing it myself for a fraction.
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