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Running SVGA cable through walls?

Discussion in 'Accessories, Cables, and Remotes' started by Scott Kriefall, Mar 21, 2004.

  1. Scott Kriefall

    Scott Kriefall Second Unit

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    Is most SVGA cable rated for safe use in walls? (i.e. CL2/CL3/etc)

    I'd like to run an SVGA cable from my HTPC to the projector near the room of the theater. This would require running the cable up one wall, through a drop/suspended ceiling, and then dropping it back through the ceiling near the projector. Is it okay/legal to use any SVGA cable for this?
     
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    I haven't heard any negatives about this.
    I have my svideo cable running this way.
     
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    It should be fine, however, I'd suggest contacting your home owner's insurance company.
     
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    Thanks. Checking with the homeowners' insurance is a good idea.
     
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    I am curious to know if most vga cables are in wall rated as well. I am about to do the same thing.
     
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    This is considered low voltage wiring, which rarely has any restrictions. Can't hurt to contact your insurance company though.
     
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    The only thing you really have to worry about is a fluorescent light fixture. Do what you can to route around them as much as possible, but otherwise you should have no problems.
     
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    As stated above, most low voltage wiring does not require anything special as long as it will not be used in a "plenum" airspace (IE: Above a drop ceiling or in some other air space.) If it is going to be used in a plenum space then plenum rated cable (about double the cost) is a good idea. The plenum rated cable is supposed to smolder instead of burn, and thus doesn't help a fire spread. As always, check local code and insurance company regs to be sure.
     
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    The area above a drop ceiling is only considered to be 'plenum' air space if it's used as the cold air return, right? I don't believe that's the case in my home. There are wood studs and joists as well as insulation above most of the drop ceiling area, and that seems to rule out the ceiling's use as a plenum. This is a very good thing, as it should allow for less expensive cabling!
     

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