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Not-My-Walls-To-Cut-Through-Filter: Anyone have experience running Cat5 through HVAC ducts?
posted by datacenter refugee to home & garden (15 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I just moved into a space-limited Row Home and would like to keep my rack of various equipment (dvr, X10, security, nas) out of sight and earshot. The basement looks to be ideal for this purpose - but with plaster walls and new hardwood floors I can't in good conscience drill to run cable to the first and second floors. New windows eliminate the possibility of external-house runs, and the existing cableTV drops were drilled through the houses external brick and grometted. The only option seems to be the existing heating duct. There is a straight vertical duct-work run to all floors that terminates in the basement roughly 8' from the furnace itself. My non-plenum rated cable says it has a max operating temp of 140°F.
- Has anyone ever done this?
- Did the cable (or even cable jacket) melt?
- Would a 70+ year old duct run have built-in obstructions like a grate or something to stop urban rodents?
Thanks in advance!