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Two hours in the attic. What do I have to show for it? - Paint It Black
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Two hours in the attic. What do I have to show for it?
Nothing, except an unending hatred for cellulose insulation and the knowledge that my roof was built using trusses instead of stick framing. Oh, and that I need to go back up there next weekend with some duct tape and tape some venting hoses back together so they actually reach the vents instead of laying open on top of the insulation. And that the attic space above my den is not accessible from the attic space above the house proper, lending further to my belief that this was added on and not part of the original floorplan.

It's been warming up outside, hovering in the mid 70s for most of the daylight hours. This is an ideal time to get up in the attic because it's Not Too Cold but, conversely, it's Not Hot As Hades either. The goal of today's exercise was simply to get a cat5e span run from the NID in my laundry closet (where the washer, dryer and electrical panel also reside) to the computer room, so that I could put the DSL-carrying pair on something a little less lossy than the cat3 that was strung through the house. Accomplishing this would have two benefits. First, I'd probably get more speed out of my service because the DSL signal would be free of the horrible wiring job that was done in the house by bored contractors who undoubtedly earned their cash based on piecework. The faster they could finish wiring the houses in the development, the more money they'd make. That pretty much ensures a job that'll struggle to be called "the bare minimum." Properly twisted cat5e will be a lot less prone to cross-talk and I'd know for certain there's no bridge taps to crunk up the signal (FunFact:TM Crunk up the signal is an official telecom term coined by yours truly). Second, I'd be able to put in the NID POTS splitter that would isolate the DSL signal to only whatever wire I connected to the "Data" output (which, in this case, would be the cat5e I planned to run) and allow the rest of the house, including the house alarm, to have clean, filtered telephone service. I'd finally be free of the myriad of annoying DSL filters I have attached to the various RJ11 phone jacks throughout the house.

Sadly, this work was simply not going to get completed today. Or even started. I spent a total of two hours in the attic trying to make the slightest headway only to be repeatedly denied. First I tried to locate the fish tape I'd run up the wall from my NID -- I got close, having found the wall in question, but no matter what I could NOT find the fish tape. I have a suspicion it got hung up on the Rolmex wiring that was pulled through there to the electrical box that sits further down the wall. Then I figured Well, if I can't get the cable down into the utility closet today, I can at least get it run down into the computer room. Wrong! I forgot to account for the top plate, which has (evidently) not been drilled to pass the phone wiring down. So all I can do is guess that it runs through the walls horizontally. I did, incidentally, find where they'd drilled to put the thermostat wiring in. That doesn't help me any unless I install my DSL modem and a new electrical outlet in that room's closet, which is behind the wall from the thermostat.

All in all this was frustrating but probably good for me. I've got a better idea of how things are laid out up there and I know that some routine maintenance needs to be performed. I may not get the cable run in the next week before temperatures become too extreme but if I can get these other "fixerup" chores handled I'll call it a win anyway.

So for the rest of the weekend I'll be mulling how I can address this problem and spend a few hours taking care of lady_curmudgeon, who took a nasty spill and apparently managed to bruise up her ribs before coming down to visit yesterday.

You can't always get what you want

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feren From: feren Date: March 26th, 2007 10:32 am (UTC) (Link)
This would be why all my Cat5e/Cat3/QuadShieldRG6 to every room is run in the cool, comfy basement.

Goddamn flatland Illinois construction and their obsession with slab foundations! My biggest single complaint with the house since the day I bought it is the lack of a basement, and this idiocy only solidifies my position.
asetwoman From: asetwoman Date: March 31st, 2007 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)
That's odd; most Illinois construction I've encountered is basement-ed, especially since a lot of Illinois is in Tornado Alley. Even up here where tornadoes are rare, it seems most houses I've been in have a basement.
captain18 From: captain18 Date: March 26th, 2007 01:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Suddenly I miss my run of Cat5 from ChezLakeCap.
kinkyturtle From: kinkyturtle Date: March 26th, 2007 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh man, we had someone fall through our ceiling once. We were having a bunch of workmen in to replace the furnace up in the attic. I was still in bed at the time, and just waking up. Suddenly I heard a lot of noise and stomping around and running outside my door!

I peeked out into the hallway and there was a worker lying on the floor surrounded by grotty old pieces of insulation. Seems he stepped on a beam that was weak, and his plummeting body tore a huge hole in the ceiling. He had to be taken to the hospital! He was okay, but I heard his back got screwed up.

Anyway, the new furnace eventually got installed, and the hole in the ceiling was fixed.
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