I'm running a cable line and have to drill through some carpet. I don't want
the bit to catch or snag the carpet, and maybe pull a thread so it ruins the
entire rug. How does one drill through carpet? Cut it first?
Not dumb at all. That is a really smart question!
Cutting first is the best option but hard to do for such a small hole.
If drilling from the top I would "part" the carpet to expose the backing,
use a slow speed cordless. If you notice the fiber wrapping around the bit.
STOP and regroup.
Your greatest risk is with a Berber or other continuous loop carpet.
Best solution is to use an old-work low-voltage plate, and put the outlet in
the wall where it belongs. Fifteen bucks or so will buy the long drill bit,
keyhole saw and needed hardware. Additional outlets even cheaper, since you
already have the tools. Second best solution is to drill through the quarter
round and the bottom of the baseboard. Most cable installs, especially the
'free' installations, are hack jobs, in my experience.
Cut an X in the carpet and tape or hold back the carpet, then drill your
hole. The carpet will just then fit around the cable. If you drill the
carpet it will probally catch a tread and then ruin the carpet.
You don't want to drill the pile, especially if it is Berber. Take fine
scissors and gut pile out of the spot you are going to use. Just for
added insurance, I would put a some glue on the spot and let it dry.
Use a utility knife or xacto to cut out the hole. Why are you going
You would have to see the set up of my place, to really understand it.
This is for my computer. The cable installer gave me three options, and I
thought of another, but didn't want him to do it.
My computer room is in the front of my house, I live in a bi-level.
Option 1: Run cable around front door, hide the cable in a shadow line of
the siding, and come through wall. You would still be able to see the cable,
but I would probably be the only one who would notice it.
Option 2: Fish the cable through the wall, go into the attic, out a vent and
down the side of the house.
Option 3: Run the cable into the laundry room (back of house), use a router
and wireless something or other. I had the router, and he gave me the
exterior card, or whatever they're called.
My brother which is computer savvy, called the guy a lazy SOB, because he
says my cable should be hooked directly to the computer, then the router
etc. He named off numerous reasons including security, I'm only getting
about half the speed I should (although I'm thrilled with it compared to
dial up), and some other reasons I can't remember.
Anyways, the cable can be run through the unfinished ceiling in the laundry
room, into the garage which has a finished ceiling along with HVAC ducts,
along the ceiling corner where garage door wires are run, and up through to
the computer room. Only about 10 ft of cable wire will be seen in the
garage. BTW, I won't be putting any holes into the duct work.
You may want to verify the above. I really think your cable should go to
your cable modem and then to your router for maximum security. From your
router it should go to each computer. Otherwise everything on your computer
is an open network to anyone who knows how to hack.
For most residential applications a "locked down and encrypted" wireless
router is acceptable. Your reduced bandwidth may be caused by an older
The suggestion to call your cable company and ask what you can expect is a
good one. For what it is worth around here they require a splitter at the
point of entry with one side of the splitter serving the computer and the
other the rest of the cable outlets.
The cable networks do have slowdowns during high usage periods. For that
matter so does DSL. It all depends on how much your provider oversells
The cable must connect to the cable modem and then goes to the router.
The CAT5 plugs into the router, but better yet, in your case you need to
go wireless. Get a Wireless-G router which has the speed you want. The
normal range is about 200-300 feet. Someone with experience can help
you set up the necessary security. As for the speed issue, the cable
company controls the speed depending on what you pay for. There are
several levels of speed available and they are controlled by the MAC
address of your cable modem. I really believe that once you go wireless
you will be glad you did. The router normally has four hard wired ports
that you can plug into and you can have almost unlimited wireless. The
wireless at the computer end can be USB, an internal card, a plug-in
card for a laptop and maybe a couple more.
Sam S. wrote:
I prefer melting a small hole through the carpet. Heat up an awl
or other object with a propane torch or even the kitchen stove.
All the yarn ends will be melted and sealed with no chance to
(top posted for your convenience)
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
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