New Installation in a Condo

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  1. Paul-D

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    I have recently purchased a condo and we are looking at the posibility of getting a projector. If we do this I have to run all video cables above the ceiling. I am not much of a handyman, but I can learn fast. We don't have any attic. We would have to actually cut out part of the ceiling, run wires, and then redo the ceiling. Does anyone have any suggestions, websites, etc. that they could send me to help me out in this project? Any advice at all would be wonderful.

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    It depends on whether your rafters run in the same direction as where you want to run the wire. If so, a few small holes (easily patched later) and some fish tape and you're in business.

    If the rafters are perpendicular, then you've got a bigger job on your hands. Faced with this problem, one trick I have employed in the past is to run the cables perpendicular out to another room or even outside --where often you can advance in the direction you want through conduit or where it doesn't matter --then back into your viewing room between the appropriate set of rafters. This may not be an option in a condo, but I thought I'd mention it.

    Another option is to use a router and put a groove in the drywall wherever you want to go. Once the wires are in, you can tape/mud over to restore the wall finish. This method cannot be use for power wires and may even violate code for signal cables in some areas.
     
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    Thanks for help. The other question I have concerns this project as well. Where would I get Composite, Component, and SVideo cables that are about 40 feet or longer? I am looking for a decent cable, but not one that is going to bust my wallet as well. Any websites or suggestions are welcome.

    Thank you
     

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