make certain any basement bedroom has a entrance egress widow so you
could get out in a fire.
conduit run between areas is awesome
run catergory 5e cable it has lots of twisted pairs for phone
Use RG6 for cable its lower loss than the cheaper RG59 and can be used
for satellite tv too
Burglar alarm wires at the windows?
Speaker wires for when they're (grown and?) gone and you want to play
the same music throughout the house?
Video and 2 audio cables (L and R) for when they're gone and you want
to play the same DVD throughout the house? You can use the RF cable
for that, but for some reason there are times I wish I had A and V
cables. One reason is that the selection box I got at Radio Shack
works with 2A and V, but not cable.
Should be one doorbell in the basement for when the only person home
is in the basement, and he wants to be able to hear the doorbell. I
finally have bells or buzzers on all three floors and now I don't miss
visitors or delivery men just because I have the radio on.
If you do everything everyone suggests, their rooms will be better
than my whole house put together, but as long as the walls are
One thing I didn't see mentioned. Have 2 different
circuits in each room. When they get all their stuff in
there and turned on at the same time they aren't as
likely to overload a single circuit. Also, it makes it
a whole lot easier if you have to work on an outlet and
still have power in another outlet in the same room.
A second RG-6 cable. One for cable and one for the roof antenna which feeds
the HDTV (I hate paying extra to the cable company for HDTV when I get more
stations off the air) (My TV also has inputs for each)
I found that putting 4 plugs (2 duplex) in the J box behind where I expected
to put the TV also payed off by eliminating the need for a power strip.
The cat-5 is unnessary if you plan to use WiFi (though that will not give
you the fastest speeds). Wired is cheaper and more reliable in the long
smurf tube.. at least 1". big enough for a couple rg-6 and several cat5e.
minimum of 2 cat5e, 1 4pair tel (could be cat5), 1 rg6 per room.
2 phone jacks, 2 net jacks, 1 coax per location.
could be multiple locations per room.
good to add: additonal rg-6, audio/video/speaker (audio/video could be
another cat5 with baluns.) burglar alarm to all windows.
split circuits. 2 20a circuits split between the two rooms, plus a extra
circuit for overhead lights (if any). quad outlets at desk/tv/bedside.
3way switches for lights/switched outlets. switched outlet for bedside lamp(s).
smoke detectors - hardwired and interconnected.
doorbell - two tone.. one wired to door, one wired to kitchen.
klaxon/PA system- wired to kitchen.
-- Welcome My Son, Welcome To The Machine --
Bob Vaughan | techie @ tantivy.net |
My wife said you should run some 220v, a little water, and a dryer
vent. Then tell the kids they can do their own landry while they're
Don't know if it'll work, but if it did, it would be worth it .......
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