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Running aerial cables from loft to bedroom

Discussion in 'Audio Visual' started by scottpetrie, 5 May 2019.

  1. scottpetrie

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    HI
    I would like to run an aerial cable from the aerial in my loft, down to my bedroom. How can I do this, but keep it hidden in the stud wall? Just wondering how I can drop it down to floor level (ish), but get through the horizontal studs in the wall? Would like to run a new plug socket so any help would help with that too.
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  2. mattylad

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    How can we tell without knowing what your house looks like?

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    I'd run mine through the airing cupboard, but then you don't know if I do or do not have one of those :)

    If you only have a stud wall available - can you get into it at the top?
    You are unlikely to be able to drop anything down because of the horizontal wood - so you may have to cut a slot and replaster when finished (probably unwanted) how about running the aerial cable down the corner?
    Or out of the eaves and down and through the outside wall?
     
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  3. ericmark

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    I have a mixture with three aerial coax cables (one shot gun) from satellite dish to wall, two through the wall to a plate in a back box where two cables terminate then a buried cable up the wall, then a clipped cable in the loft, then run through back of wall cupboard in plastic conduit which extends down to a back box, and terminates to second plate. The last cable clipped to wall and down to living room then through the wall and out through a brushed plate direct to back of TV.

    What you need is a description of what you have and want, clearly an aerial cable has two definitions, one a fed cable to and from an aerial and two a cable which goes through the air, I have an aerial cable house to garage to take power into garage.

    I had a number of cables going down the corners of rooms, as I came to decorate the room first job was bury the cable, so I had to remove trunking and replace with oval conduit the latter makes it stiff enough to plaster over.

    There are methods to change type of balanced feeder, I have used them with ham radio, but never with TV, even methods of getting an aerial feeder through glass without cutting a hole, using inductive and capacitive linking, was often done with car aerial feeds. You could even retransmit the signal and then use a wireless link, although you would need power to the transmitter and likely lose any HD as a result, can even use LAN cables.

    But you have not said what you want, server or PC in loft with VNC link to PC at viewing position, all possible but what are you willing to pay?
     
  4. Harry Bloomfield

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    Routes I have often made use of are - airing cupboard; boxing in for hiding pipe runs; drops by the side of windows, so most of the cable is hidden behind curtains; behind floor to ceiling cupboards; plus of course - lifting floor boards.

    Chances of there being a route through a stud wall, or drilling through studs is nil. If there is no other way - you could drill down through top one, then measure down to next lowest one and make a hole in plasterboard, fishing a cable through and so on all the way down to floor, followed by a bit of plastering.
     
  5. blup

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    A powerful magnet will help identify the location of the studs, but you will need to remove a section of plasterboard and cut a groove in the plasterboard the depth of the aerial cable, replace the plasterboard and skim over it. Or you could remove a larger section of plasterboard and drill vertically through the stud(s).

    Either way you need to avoid structurally weakening the studs/wall, and be aware other cables or pipes may be present.

    There are rules about running electric cable in (stud) walls, so maybe repost for advice on this in the electrics forum.

    Blup
     
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    As @mattylad said (and BTW, love the pic :D ) finding a route down along existing pipework runs will save a lot of time. At some point though, just as @blup mentions, you're going to come across a stud that's in the way, and you you'll have to break in to the wall. There isn't a magic solution for this. You have to break in to the wall, route the cable, then make good. It's as simple as that.

    I have gadgets to help pull cable across or down enclosed spaces, but sooner or later I come across an obstacle where there's no route around it. Bits of 100mm x 50mm sandwiched between two sheets of plasterboard is what comes to mind.

    If this or any other reply was helpful to you, then do the decent thing and click the T-H-A-N-K-S button. It appears when you hover the mouse pointer near the Quote Multi-quote buttons. This is the proper way to show your thanks for the time and help someone gave you.
     
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    ? Since when has wood been magnetic?
     
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    You need a wood magnet (y)
     
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    Never seen metal stud walls then ?
     
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    Interesting. Must a pretty powerful magnet.
     
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    I got one after seeing the video, they are exceptionally powerful, will literally fly towards the metal if not held firmly, and - a downside - they are very brittle.

    But it meant screws and nails buried in plasterboard attached to stud work could be identified, and from that the location of the studs for drilling into.

    Something I've never managed consistently with a conventional stud finder.

    Blup
     
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    Finding the studs isn't a problem (especially with a wood magnet ;) ); but getting cables through said studs is.
     
  15. Harry Bloomfield

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    Providing the plaster/plasterboard isn't too thick, you can find them by ear, if you have a good ear. Just tap on the plaster face and the sound will change from the hollow sound when you tap where the stud is.
     
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