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02-12-2013 05:49 PM

I built some bedrooms in my basement and just lately decided to put cable or satelite TV in one of them. Problem is the satelite guy left me a coil of cable with the end that goes into the back of the TV on it. So my problem and question is, how do I get this through a wall with drywall?
I wanted him to leave me a face place that I could screw his cable into and then 15’ so I could screw into the wall inside the room. I don’t have a tool and I don’t know how to put one of those ends on.

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bullhead1

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#1 posted 02-12-2013 06:01 PM

Go to Radio Shack, I bet they can fix you up with what you need.

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#2 posted 02-12-2013 06:15 PM

Lowe’s or Home Depot should have those face plates also.
If you think you might have other needs, check out monoprice.com. Lost of stuff at reasonable prices.

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#3 posted 02-12-2013 07:08 PM

Yeah you can get those face plates lots of places. They usually come with the adapter, female-female I think it is, that you would attach the cable feed into the back of in inside the wall and it would look like any other cable jack on the front of it. Then you buy your 15 foot or whatever length finished cable you want in the room and attach one end to the TV and on end to the cable jack you’ve just installed. Try pulling one of your other ones out of the wall to look at it and see that it really is pretty simple (after you already know how to do it of course). That’s how all of them are done in my house at least. Can’t see the back side to confirm it has the connector, but this should be what you want.

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#4 posted 02-12-2013 07:55 PM

See that’s the problem, I cant install a cable jack in the wall, the wire he left me already has the end that goes into the TV so I have to use that wire. I just need to know how to bring it through the wall. What I need is a face plate that has knock out grommets in it.

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#5 posted 02-12-2013 08:08 PM

Run apiece of 3/4” conduit through the exterior wall into the room. Seal the opening with caulk and around the hole and cable. The other option is to make a small hole on the exterior of the wall, feed the cable into a electrical cut-in receptacle box used for remodeling, attach cable to the face plate Tim mentioned above, and then attach another cable from the face plate to your TV. Make sure you seal the exterior peneration with caulk. Any home center such as Lowes, HD, Radio Shack will have the extension cable in various lengths. You can probably coil the excess cable in the wall, just don’t put in sharp bends in it. I’ve done this at my home several times and it works great. The Connectors on the cable are standard fittings and will attach to the faceplate with no problem.

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#6 posted 02-12-2013 08:26 PM

@Russel – the link to the faceplate Tim suggested, has the female on the backside of it so all you do is screw your exising cable into the back and mount the faceplate to the wall. To do it right, get one of those low voltage boxes, cut a hole in the wall and install the box. run your cable through it and attach it to the faceplate.

Low voltage old work box

Hope this helps
Mike

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#7 posted 02-12-2013 08:43 PM

Russell, you can buy twist on end fittings that need only basic utility knife and side cutters to terminate the end of one of these.

Twist on connector

Faceplate

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#8 posted 02-12-2013 08:52 PM

As others mentioned, the faceplate has the same post/terminal the TV has on the back. That is the cleanest way to do it and the way I would recommend. Cables get worn out, twisted, etc during use. It’s easier to replace a patch cable than whole run.

I have gone ghetto in the past if you want to go that route. Get a standard electrical box and a blank faceplate. Drill a 1/2 hole in the blank faceplate.

Alternately you could learn a new skill if you want a tighter hole. Clip the connector off the RG6 and buy a new one and some crimpers. Crimping coax is pretty easy. I used to pull and terminate a lot of cable in my early IT days.

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#9 posted 02-12-2013 08:57 PM

All I really want to do is get this wire into the room without a lot of work and without damaging the wall. The crimper tool is too expensive, I could call the cable guy out for less. Which is what I think I ‘ll do after all.

Let him hook the whole thing up right. 30$

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#10 posted 02-12-2013 09:14 PM

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#11 posted 02-12-2013 10:57 PM

The one Lumberjoe pointed to just provides an opening for your existing cable to pass through, no other connectors/cables required.

There are also faceplates available that accept a double ended connector so the existing connector screws on the back, then mount the faceplate, and add you extension cable (whatever length you need with connectors on both ends) connects to the TV. Using a low voltage box is a good idea it allows a solid mount for the faceplate.

Or get a wireless TV signal transmitter and you won’t need a cable feed or coax to your TV set. ATT, Comcast, and many others have these available, check at Best Buy or Wallmart!

With these you can make all you TV sets wireless and get rid of existing connections!

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#12 posted 02-12-2013 11:24 PM

Thanks Joe. That’s what I want. I hope it’s big enough for the end to fit through, but I have a dremmel.

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#13 posted 02-12-2013 11:44 PM

Yeah, it should fit. It’s .625. I had to pull a terminated cable through a closet a few months back, and needed to get a REALLY long drill bit, if I remember correctly, 1/2” did the trick

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#14 posted 02-13-2013 12:09 AM

I’ll do a pass through and put one of those on both sides of the wall. The one outside the room will be high on the wall, the one inside the room will be 18” off the floor. My step son will be able to watch whatever he likes then.

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#15 posted 02-13-2013 12:13 AM

RG6 cable is maybe 3/8” in diam…easy enough to pull and patch around. Wireless??? I watched 58 minutes of the Superbowl at a house that had one of those (I heard the last 2 minutes were pretty exciting).

If you are still running cable through your house, then invest in a “trimmer”, a few “compression” fittings and the compression tool. Datashark is a common brand and they sell kits although I think they are pretty pricey. I put in a new satellite system and had a very nice place to get stuff but I can’t seem to find them now.

I keep a roll of RG6 cable on site with a supply of connectors and I already have the compression tool and stripper. Easy enough to make up coax connectors that will beat anything you can buy if you need one. I’d give you more info other than everything is at the house that dropped the Superbowl in the last 2 minutes.

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