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Running that 2nd RG6 line

Well I've had my TiVo now for a week and I love it. It's everything I thought and more. When I first logged on here, most were telling me to go ahead and run the 2nd line to take advantage of the full feature. Well I'm pretty sure I'm about ready to try and do that. I'd love to be able to do it myself and being the non-handyman that I am, this would be a real accomplishment. I do have experience with cable tv runs (attic), cb radio, and stuff like that. But my biggest concern is getting this 2nd line from the dish to the TiVo. Since my 2 year old house has a crawlspace, that' seems like the logical approach. Keep in mind that the Tivo in the LR is on a interior wall. Coming in from the exterior wall in the LR is not an option (fireplace) and openness of the room. But at any rate, I'm willing to crawl under the house, but I would like to know if there are tips or signs to let me know where I can try and feed the coax up or down so it comes up in the wall behind the TiVo? That wall currently has the wall plate which feeds my TiVo and it has a speaker wire hole (pre-wired surround sound by the builder). Not sure the speaker hole will help as it might just go side to side and not down to the crawlspace. Would love to hear from folks who have done this or perhaps a installer. I plan on going under that house for the first time next week and and then I will have a better idea what I'm up against. Wish me well.

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Where does the current coax enter the wall? I'd try to find that and either run another along side the current one, or use the current one to pull through two more.

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The current cable is coming off a junction box across the LR in the foyer. Still not clear on how all that works (diplex, multiswitch, etc) but it does. The installer got 2 of my receivers to work off this junction box, but had to run separate line (back into the junction box??) to make the LR work. Point being, the current cable is not a straight dish to Tivo run. It's using the pre-wired cable in the wall. My dish is a 3 LNB type.

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Crawlspaces (under the house) can be difficult, because determining exactly where to drill into an inside wall isn't always obvious, unless there is previous wiring installed from below (unusual). If you must come from below, avoid large beams and drill a pilot hole in the floor next to the wall to guide you (seal and hide it later.) The attic is usually easier if it has a decent crawl space and insulation you can work around - seing the proper wall plates is easy. Of course then you may need a 6' drill bit to get throuth the cross-beams that may or may not exist in that wall. Hope I don't discourage you.

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Thanks for your input!

I believe I'll learn more once I take a closer look at the wall plate along with an inspection of the crawlspace. If there is no easy way to bring the wire up through the crawlspace, then I'm not afraid of drilling a hole just large enough for the RG6 connector to pass and then seal it later.

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Crawlspaces (under the house) can be difficult, because determining exactly where to drill into an inside wall isn't always obvious, unless there is previous wiring installed from below (unusual). If you must come from below, avoid large beams and drill a pilot hole in the floor next to the wall to guide you (seal and hide it later.) The attic is usually easier if it has a decent crawl space and insulation you can work around - seing the proper wall plates is easy. Of course then you may need a 6' drill bit to get throuth the cross-beams that may or may not exist in that wall. Hope I don't discourage you.


The way I accomplished this was to cut a whole in the wall for the wall jack where I wanted the wires to come out. Then with a 6' electricians drill bit and 2 people we drilled down at a sharp angle through that hole and through the floor. It was a bit challenging so you may want to get a handyman or someone with experience running wires, but it works great.

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I'd go down through the crawl space...the 6 foot bit is typically pretty flexible...pull the plate, becareful where the current wiring is, and start drilling down. Once you go through LEAVE THE BIT IN PLACE! go down into the crawl space, and spot the drill bit. On the end of the drill bit is a small hole--here's where you attach a small wire or string (Heavy duty string, you don't want it to break) attach the thin wire to the RG6, make sure the coax is ready to be pulled up (no kinks, etc) and go back up into the room. Pull back on the bit SLOWLY. If you feel it "stick" a bit, you can push down a bit and pull back up, or twist the bit--again, slowly! pull up enough wire to hang out, and make the new connection on the wall plate. Then pull the other end of the coax up and to the dish or MS or wherever ya need.

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This is good for a carpeted floor, not so good for wood floors.

Start by cutting a hole for an upgrade junction box where you want the cable to come out of the wall.

Next, drill a hole in the floor, as close to the wall as you can, under/inline with the junction box hole - just a small hole, 3/32" or less. Stick a hanger through this hole. Use this as a reference point in the crawl space - center a 1" drill bit 3" off of that point (towards/into the wall, of course!). Use this hole to feed your cable up to a junction box.

Your carpet will hide the "locator" hole.

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