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Hopeful Doc
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Help me run an ethernet line

Here is my situation:
My house has a little landing on a second floor with a subfloor/bracing system (I have about 8-12" between floors) with a built-in TV stand. This is not my main TV viewing area. As you look here, we are about 10ft from the attic wall on the L side.
Directly behind this wall you are viewing is a bedroom
Up top, we have wide open space where I can stand tall on plywood and rafters. But my "top plate" is a little more than just a top plate. I won't be drilling that...


So should I:
1) glance the drywall near the beam and through the wall which should be hidden by the crown moulding?
2) Find a long flex bit that I can run down, drill through the subfloor, and snake up from the bottom? This seems like the most difficult option because there is already coax that seems to take this path that is well-secured.
3) run raceway along the ~10ft of wall, through the cabinet? (raceway into an on-wall box and drill out the back side of the on-wall box + small connecting holes in the back of each cabinet? There isn't access from cabinet to cabinet currently, but putting grommets between them would be a simple job for me and could actually have some other applications and may be done eventually anyway)
4) Just buy MoCa adapters because they can allow 1gbps connection, nothing here is mission critical, streaming over WiFi now is currently fine, and having cat6a from a central point to every room in the house (in a usable, aesthetically pleaseing position) is overrated? It's not that I'm worried about the 'resale' or anything, but I've already got it run to basically every other place (or a plan on how/where for the few places it isn't)




VABuckeye
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What prevents you from drilling through the top plate into the wall cavity?


Hopeful Doc
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That beam in the bottom picture is over the wall. Something feels wrong about drilling through an ~18” beam, even if it’s just a 1/2” hole.


Am I wrong about that?


kywildcatfanone
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That beam in the bottom picture is over the wall. Something feels wrong about drilling through an ~18” beam, even if it’s just a 1/2” hole.


Am I wrong about that?


Drilling a small hole to fish an ethernet down, yes. You could always go in at an angle down near the bottom of the beam if you don't want to drill through the whole thing.


VABuckeye
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The beam looks like it's already been notched and cut. Drilling through it isn't going to compromise it but would be a PITA.


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Hopeful Doc
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Thanks to both of you. Got myself a New Year project!


This + knocking out the electrical box that they ran LV through in favor of a real open/low voltage box so I can actually fish the wire through


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junkfunky
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That beam in the bottom picture is over the wall.


Structurally makes zero sense. No reason to support a load that's already supported by the wall.

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Something feels wrong about drilling through an ~18” beam, even if it’s just a 1/2” hole.


Am I wrong about that?


Definitely not an issue. However, if that actually is over the wall you don't need to drill down vertically. You can go diagonal along the side as low as possible without compromising the integrity of the beam.
This post was edited on 12/30 at 8:47 pm


VABuckeye
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Misread your post. I think we agree that drilling it doesn’t harm the beam at all.
This post was edited on 12/30 at 6:50 pm


junkfunky
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I see why. I fricked up there.



Corrected now.


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shawnlsu
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Help me run an ethernet line

Or pay me to do it for you.


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