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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_B View Post

    Laser line blimey now that is perfection! I am usually happy with a spirit level bubble being roughly around the middle. I have thought about using circular conduit or waste pipe through the joists for easier pulling and less lifting of floorboards.

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    I did say it was a anal :-)

    -- but this was after pulling a lot of cable through holes drilled by an electrician using the usual long auger at an angle method. Just using a right angle drill really improves the runs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_j_hunter View Post
    until a week or two ago, I had trouble understanding why people needed so much - especially since we don't have TV, or a BT line - but I think I'm beginning to think in terms of quite a lot
    Hee Hee... I know what you mean. The "17km of cat5" thread on the UKHA_D list made me laugh -- how come he's used so much, I thought.

    Since then I've cabled 1 room back to N0 and used over a 1/3 of a box. And already I realise that for long term I need to run almost a similar number of cables to the otherside of the same room ! This is mostly because of all the extra data I want to run, as observed above, idranet seems quite economical because you can daisy chain. The living room is next with TV, 2 phone lines, HA, data from the dsl router so will probably use the remaining 2/3 of the box!

    So now I've seen the light and realise another few boxes will be needed to cover the whole (small terraced victorian) house!!

    Back on-topic. I second & third the cable rod. Not idratek specific but also a good IDC punchdown if doing cat5 sockets.

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    >17km ...

    yep, still seems way OTT ... even my worst-case which has double Idranet daisy-chained around the house, four Ethernets to every location where a computer or a laptop might conceivably be, plus a couple of HDMI feeds to wherever a screen might just be handy, plus 50% for feeds to individual Idratek modules & after-thoughts, resulted in well under two km ... ie: six boxes at the very most !

    >IDC puch-down ...

    someone on UK_Selfbuild suggested using RJ45s back & front of patch-panels, for ease & flexibility & reliability - the last thanks to having become very adept at crimping them on !

    >tools ...

    should we add a soldering-iron or -gun, too ?

    we're also on the look-out for a hot-knife for cutting clean & neat channels in polystyrene, for conduits & pipes, up to 110mm diameter ... it'll be an esential tool for us (all our external walls & all our floors are covered deep in it - all our walls & floors are impenetrable dense concrete), but best we've found so-far is something in the US that costed-out at USD800, delivered ...

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    How could I forget - headtorch !! Makes a world of difference, whether you are crawling around in dark spaces or just trying to see what you are doing. B&Q sell a neat Energizer one that has a tilt adjust.

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    on the subject of Cat-5/6 & associated tools, wondered if anyone had tried these EZ-RJ-45s :

    http://www.cyberselect.co.uk/product/1340

    a bit over double the price of standard RJ-45s, but would seem to offer better chance of a good quality fit (for those who don't do it everyday, at least, and in terms of both getting teh cables poistioned, and in minimising the untwist) ... ??

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    I found these ages ago but a bit too dear. But now you can get these and use a netbook or laptop.

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    That looks interesting. But it doesn't say it will work with a Mac

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_B View Post
    That looks interesting. But it doesn't say it will work with a Mac
    I'm gambling on it working with a Linux netbook

    The VMs (I use Parallels) on the Mac seem to be getting better and better at USB passthrough as well, these days.
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    I once McGyvered something similar using one of those bendable long reach pick up tool thingies and a clients small webcam taped to the end and linked up via a 3m USB cable to my laptop.
    One of the strangest tools I have seen is a cable caster. It resembles a kids suction cup dart gun and a fishing reel. Though I could have used it on several jobs. http://www.minitran.co.uk/pages/prod...facturer=Tempo
    http://www.mygreenlee.com/GreenleeDo...c_number=06186
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_B View Post
    That looks interesting. But it doesn't say it will work with a Mac
    It works with the Maccam project.

    Which implies there'll be Linux Drivers as well. System Profiler reports Pixart Imaging sensor, USB ID 0x2620 0x093a.
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