Installing Coaxial TV Cable

 

 
It sure would be nice to have cable TV in that spare bedroom you've converted into an office. But before you pay the cable guy for coming to your house and
extending your cable run, see how you can spend an hour doing it yourself. With the money you'll save, it'll be like getting a month or two of free cable!

 

Install a signal splitter where the entry cable connects to the indoor TV cables, usually in the basement or another utility area. Attach one end of the new coaxial cable to an outlet nipple on the splitter. Splitters are available with two, three, or four nipples to handle multiple runs of new cable. Anchor the splitter to a framing member with wallboard screws.

 

Run the coaxial cable to the location of the new television jack. You'll probably need to use a fish tape to snake the cable through a finished wall. Just keep the new cable at least 6 inches away from electrical wiring to avoid signal interference. If you're lucky enough to be working on new construction, just mark the floor so you can find the cable easily after the walls are finished (as shown).

 

 

 
 

Electrical Projects


Adding a Telephone Extension
 

Installing a Cable TV Jack
 

Installing a Programmable Thermostat
 

Replacing a Doorbell
 

Troubleshooting Your Thermostat

 

DIY Projects


Aligning the Bolt and Strike Plate

When a door fails to latch properly, it usually means the door is out of alignment. Often, the latch bolt is not dropping smoothly into the center of the strike plate.

 

Adjusting an Out-of-Balance Door

This maintenance project is really a good one. If you keep your garage door balanced, it will put a lot less strain on all its parts and should keep working trouble-free for years. An out-of-balance garage door can close too quickly and might be a hazard for kids and pets.

 

Adding a Telephone Extension

Pity the poor phone line. Few things have had to pick up the slack to take us into the information age like telecommunications. So it's not unusual to find answering machines, fax machines, and computer modems sharing space with telephones on our ever-stretched phone lines. No wonder we need new extensions just about everywhere. Fortunately, the four- or eight-conductor bell wire you'll run to get them is a breeze to work with.

 

Building a Multilevel Deck

Decks are a perfect area for outdoor entertaining and outdoor relaxing. The style of deck you choose to build determines how you use your deck, as well as how you build it. Although similar in appearance, different decks can require different construction techniques.

 

Building a Ground-Level Deck

Decks are a perfect area for outdoor entertaining and outdoor relaxing. The style of deck you choose to build determines how you use your deck, as well as how you build it. Although similar in appearance, different decks can require different construction techniques.

 

Building a Single-Level Raised Deck

Decks are a perfect area for outdoor entertaining and outdoor relaxing. The style of deck you choose to build determines how you use your deck, as well as how you build it. Although similar in appearance, different decks can require different construction techniques.

 

Building a Low-Level Deck

Decks are a perfect area for outdoor entertaining and outdoor relaxing. The style of deck you choose to build determines how you use your deck, as well as how you build it. Although similar in appearance, different decks can require different construction techniques.

 

Building a Closet Organizer

You've cleared out the space, written down all your measurements, and now you're ready to go out and buy that long-overdue closet-organizing system. OK, but prepare yourself for some sticker shock. Depending on the off-the-shelf system you choose, a single closet's worth can end up costing hundreds of dollars. Our easy-to-build organizer will set you back just the cost of a single sheet of plywood (plus a couple of clothes poles and some 1x3 lumber). And guess what – it will function just the same as the high-priced spread.

 

Building Utility Shelves

Why take the time to build your own utility shelves when there are so many good off-the-shelf solutions to choose from? Well, for one thing, you can build this custom unit to fit the exact space you have available. And because you'll anchor it to the ceiling joists and the floor, it'll probably be a lot sturdier under a heavy load than most freestanding shelves.

 

Do It Yourself Projects

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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