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OT: RG6 cabling....

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by chefwong, Apr 17, 2011.

  1. chefwong

    chefwong Legend

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    OT fellas.....but do you guys care brand on COO when it comes down to cables...

    FWIW, I've always used Belden or Commscope whenever I did my houses...

    Grrrr......I need to do a homerum myself in my new office space, and I'm getting jawdropping pricing on RG6 QS Plenum.
     
  2. joe diamond

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    Belden is fine but $
    Comscope seemed to be $$$$ + I recall problems with fittings. They make a fitting that works well but others I tried did not.

    The Quad Shield & Plenum are unnecessary unless there is some other consideration= $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Even RG6 Soild Copper (SC) is over done in my opinion but since the line from the sat to the receiver caries voltage...it couldn't hurt esp for long runs.

    RG6 Copper Coated Steel is plenty for most applications.

    Joe
     
  3. BattleZone

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    Plenum-rated cable is, and always has been, super expensive. Normal cable uses a neoprene or PVC jacket, both of which can create toxic fumes when burning. For most people, that doesn't matter.

    But when you're installing cable in a large public building, especially when the windows don't open and all fresh air comes in through the building's ventalation system, most such buildings require plenum-rated cable. The jacket is designed not to be toxic when burned. But it's at least 5-8 times the cost of regular cable, and it is difficult to work with because the jacket doesn't stretch easily, making it much harder to install the connectors.

    For a normal house, plenum-rated cable is unnecessary - if your cable is burning, then your whole house is going to be a loss anyway, and there are lots of ways out and lots of other more important things to worry about.
     
  4. joe diamond

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    BZ,
    Here is one you will really like.
    I only heard this one place but...in industrial / public buildings there is a change in the national fire and or electric code to require non plenum lines that are not in service to be removed. This is to be followed by replacement of in service, non plenum lines.

    Ever heard of such?

    Joe
     
  5. cabletech

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    joe diamond per the NEC, all new runs of cable are to be plenum, and any REPLCEMENT cables are also to be plenum. If doing ANY remodling, plenum, there is NO requiremnet to replace exesting cable JUST TO REPLACE them, UNLESS the local code/inspectors say other wise.
     
  6. BattleZone

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    I would believe that the code advisors would want/recommend that non-plenum-rated cables be removed from such buildings (high-rises and such with closed ventilation systems) once they are no longer needed, and in such buildings, all new cable is supposed to be plenum-rated.

    Of course, commercial customers always balk at the high price, unless they've been told ahead of time by the building owners/management that plenum cable will be required. Usually if they know to ask for plenum cable, they know it's going to be expensive, but lots of buildings don't enforce these rules and have buildings full of non-plenum cable, most of it being CAT5 and old CAT1/CAT3 phone.

    As always, customer education is a big part of the job.
     
  7. joe diamond

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    Soild Copper, plenum cable = $$$$$$$$,

    Still the installations are offered as FREE. There is a lot of non plenum out there.

    The costs go up. The pay stays where it is.

    I just wonder & mumble.

    Joe
     
  8. BattleZone

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    I've never used plenum cable in a residential setting; only for commercial, and there aren't any "free" commercial installs. :)
     
  9. tvhawaii

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    I was told that Sportsbars got free installation and up to 3 free HD receivers...is this considered commercial or are you talking about something like MDUs?
     
  10. matt

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    I don't know about their higher end stuff, but Commscope CATV RG6 is tough to work with, full of memory and just a headache.

    I'm a fan of Gepco myself, but again, $$$.
     
  11. BattleZone

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    With commercial installs of any kind, it is very, very rare to have a "free" install. With certain types of accounts, DirecTV will pay a base rate for installation, and this might be enough for a "free" install sometimes, but that is pretty rare.

    Example: most commercial installs are on buildings with flat roofs, and those buildings aren't owned by the tenants (read: not allowed to mount to the building), so a non-pen mount is needed. A Ka/Ku non-pen mount with mat costs the installer $75 in parts WITHOUT the 8 cinder blocks needed for ballast, or any of the extra labor to get all that extra stuff up to the roof.

    Then there are lots of various things that commercial customers always want that are non-standard. Extra remotes, RF remotes, shelves or mounts for the receivers, long HDMI cables, etc. These parts can easily cost hundreds of dollars and sometimes many hours of extra labor.

    Bottom line: if a single installer can't do the install himself in 2 hours or less with only the supplied equipment (plus cable and connectors, etc.), then you can forget about "free" for the installation.

    Commercial is NOT residential. Those rules do not apply.
     
  12. chefwong

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    It all worked out. Sadly I only need around 80-120 feet depending on the complexity of the run (it's getting fished through a myriad of holes) --- no rise.

    I lucked out, found someone local and picked up a 1K reel of CC RG6 QS CMP for $165
     

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