Originally Posted by deheian
how you get the coax out of the attic
Very Good question. But also very difficult to answer - in general.
The proper, professional - running, routing, fishing, finishing and terminating of cabling though an already finished home/building is one of the most difficult things to do well.
Called: "Inside wiring"
Yes, the methods used vary alot based on the home's construction and where you want / need to run the cables - and how good a job you want to accomplish.
You may require some specialized tools and may need some experience and know some specialized "wire fishing" tricks to do it well.
Generally, it's a dirty, difficult, tricky and very time consuming job to do well.
Probably one of the most difficult and frustrating things I've done in that field.
Much Patience is required.
That's why all the Telco's and Cable co's really try to avoid or simplify as much as possible any "INSIDE WIRING" that they may have to do.
The amount of Labour and cost involved - for the return they'll get - is high.
So they try to AVOID inside wiring like the plague - stating that it's the home owner's responsibility.
They'll terminate their services to a box outside the home, or just inside the home - and anything they do beyond that is either minimal - or they'll start to CHARGE you for it.
There is no easy answer or solution I can give just here on the FORUM.
The best advice I could give is to try and find a friend or neighbour who maybe is an electrician or telecom tech or experienced in running inside wiring ... to come have a look and give you some advice based on the specific home construction and situation - and what you wanna do.
Working in the ATTIC can be difficult and messy - possibly a little dangerous.
Drilling Holes (?)- I'm sorry, but you may have to do some of that. Drilling holes is almost always a requirement to run wires through a building.
You can surface mount cabling all over the place, to get it from room to room, and staple the cabling to the wood trim near the floor - and that works alot of the time - but that sometimes means running long cable runs all over the room, up and down and around door frames and inside closets etc. - and sometimes does not look so good.
Just a few quick thoughts:
I have run some wiring from the attic by:
1. Drilling immediately to the outside through a vertical attic wall, and then running outside the house down to the basement and in again to the wiring distribution point / board in the basement.
2. Drill downwards in the attic, right in the middle of an interior wall, and fish the cable down to a hole in the wall in the room below. But you have to find the right spot - locate and drill down through a top framing 2x4 usually. Then you need a hole in the drywall of the wall below to fish the cable down through. And usually then, you also want to finish it off with a box or a face plate and connector. And you may run into difficulties like obstructions between the framing studs - ex. Horizontal studs across the framing studs - sometimes called "fire stops" in older construction.
This involves moving the insulation and plastic etc. in the attic and working up there - which can be difficult.
3. In another house we found a passage all the way from the basement to the 2nd floor bedrooms and attic where the masonry / brick chimney ran - and were able to take advantage of that.
But fishing and pulling the cables in this case, beside the brick chimney, was not so easy ... but we did it - and it worked well in the end.
4. Working once with a guy, we ran a conduit tube in the corner of a back room from the basement to the ATTIC, and fished cables from top to bottom that way. Of course, we had to drill through the floor and the ceiling of the room to get the conduit tube from basement to attic.
Get someone - a friend / relative or neighbour - with experience and knowledge doing this - to help you and give you tips / advice.
... or else - call in a professional company to do it well - but that will COST $$$