It would seem that every time I’ve considered moving my TV to a new spot in the house, that there’s never a cable outlet where I need one. I recently remedied this issue and wanted to share with you how to tackle your own DIY Cable Installation!
This tutorial is specific to installing “through the wall” cable lines in houses with a crawl space. Since many cable customers have HD receivers, I think it’s important to install a home run aka an uninterrupted run of cable. Doing so will result in a higher signal and better quality picture. With that being said, let’s take a look at what you’ll need.
- Low Voltage Electrical Box
- Keyhole Saw
- RG6 Cable
- 3/8″ x 54″ Auger Drill Bit
- 3/8″ x 12″ Drill Bit
- Cable Clips
- Coax Cable Receptacle Wall Plate
- Coax Cable Stripper
- Compression Tool w/ F-Connectors
- Fish Pole or Straightened Coat Hanger
Instructions for Installing Your Own Cable Outlet:
When you’ve decided where to install the new cable outlet, measure up 15″ and mark an area 1-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ .
Using a keyhole saw, cut through the drywall to create the opening for the installation of a low voltage electrical box.
Before you complete the next step, make sure that the area you plan on drilling into, doesn’t contain any hazards (i.e. electrical cable, duct work, gas lines, etc.) With open access into the wall, place the tip of the auger bit into the cutout and drill into the bottom of the stud wall to gain access into the crawlspace below. [Read more...]