How to plan for and install (flexible?) conduit
December 8, 2008 11:26 AM Subscribe
Running conduit for home wiring: I'm convinced. Now how do I do it?
posted by Zed_Lopez to Home & Garden (7 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
When home wiring comes up on AskMe, invariably someone recommends flexible conduit as the only future-proof approach. Makes sense to me. But there's a lot I don't know.
Big picture: what strategy to use? All routes lead to a central nexus? Should I leave openings in the main routes so I have the option of adding new runs later, or is that for some reason a bad idea?
Small picture: what material? what width? How do you terminate these things and secure the guide-string?
Currently, the house has a disorganized mass of phone wiring, some in use, some not, co-ax for cable that we're not using and don't plan to, and some miscellaneous wiring for things like the doorbell and the thermostat.
The things I'll want to run include Cat5e, some speaker wire, coax (or something) for a TV antenna, and maybe phone cable. From the basement, I have great access to the underside of about half the house, but the other half will be tough and I'll have to rely heavily on tying something to the existing coax and pulling it through by pulling the coax out. I'll need flexible conduit for that, but for some of the runs, rigid would be fine (I'd be interesting in hearing pros and cons.) I won't be running any cable through heating ducts, or anywhere there's expected risk of it getting wet.
My googling has turned up results long on retail product pages and short on strategy and how-to, so I beseech you, AskMe.