Dave Talks #11: Prepping the mount board for the structured wiring. Part 3. Drywall.

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« Part 10: Prepping the mount board for structured wiring #2. Part 11 of Dave Talks series Part 12: Structured wiring mount board removed!? Drywall work, and details. »

In today’s video I show you how to care for you measure and cut a wall penetration for a 3 gang low voltage pass-through for all of these structured wiring including the ethernet cables telephone and TV coaxial cables. We end up with a good tight fit dead center where we want it and completely level it couldn’t have gone better.

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#1 posted 10-12-2016 12:57 AM

Hey Dave,

Just got up from the shop after trouble shooting the garage door opener… installation by me a couple of months ago. Not sure what was going on…......but, it turned out to be just the wall mount opener, probably some subtle “corrosion” on the copper wire….....reused from the old installation. Cleaned up the wires, and things worked again.

I have made a lot of holes in dry wall for all kinds of “boxes”, but I admit, I almost always use a power tool, namely a jigsaw. Nowadays, occasionally a multi-tool instead. Impressed by your use of a hand saw, I have one of those but I usually cheat and hope I don’t cut anything vital…....never have.

Haven’t done a whole lot of low voltage work, not counting running speaker cables through a labyrinth of additions and remodeling in my Anchorage home. Needless to say, I have all the tools to run electrical cable through walls, although I could use a right angle drill and some esoteric stuff…......but don’t do enough of it to justify the price.

Here in La Conner, 5 months ago, I put an electrical outlet in the entryway closet, because we wanted to put the printer there. There was a receptacle on the other side of the wall, so that was easy. A few years back, put two new 120 circuits and one 240 circuit into the garage, right next to the panel, a good location. That was quick and easy and obviously for the shop. In Anchorage, the garage is filled with circuits I have installed. But that is a different situation there, mostly because we have lived there 32 years. The La Conner house is a vacation luxury thing, so have to consider resale, and make everything pretty. Although we dream about living here some day.

Looking forward to the rest of the installation…....never know, I might need to know some of this stuff in the future.

Cooling here in La Conner, but absolutely beautiful the last couple of days. Sun shining, absolutely clear, about 58 degrees during the day with the sun making it feel much warmer.

You folks have a good one…..........


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 10-12-2016 04:28 PM

Oddly enough, I have an oscillating multi tool and I never thought to use it for the cut. Old habits die hard I guess. I just never seem to like cutting drywall with anything but a hand saw. No clue why…

The brush plates came in yesterday. I have some financial work I need to do over the next couple of days, so progress won’t be made until at least Saturday, but I have a plan….

On Saturday, I remove what has been installed so far, take the mount board back to the shop for another / final coat of paint, and pull out the LAN rack and audio gear from around the wall, paint the wall at least the section under the mount board and within about 4” of the board and the pass through so that I don’t have to mask them when I paint the entire wall…

The ceiling is as I bought the house, and has glow in the dark paint dots of various sizes arrayed like the constellations so that you can look up when the room is dark and it looks like a starry sky. I am keeping that!

The existing bed gets pulled out, and the guitar amp gets shoved over by the bass amp, and I prep and install the remaining 1×6 mount board for the guitar hangers. So I will have guitar hangers on 3 walls. The mount boards for the hangers are 1×6 pine, and are screwed into the studs. They will be masked and painted bright white, and the hanger hardware reinstalled.

My guitar hangers are a half dozen “Bluecell 180 degree adjustable offset guitar hangers” that allow me to hold my instruments away from the wall at an angle of my choosing. These will hold my basses. I have on the opposite side of the door, as can be seen in my Sketchup,one guitar, My SX Hawk Stratocaster clone, hung on the wall behind the door, and then immediately on the adjascen wall another, planned Epiphone Les Paul. Those are using “String Swing” hangers. The string Swings have a small mount block of their own that mounts to my mount board. Their mount blocks are stained mahogany.

Another string swing between the closet doors hangs the Yamaha acoustic, and then on the far side, in the corner, the Rogue 7/8 scale. Again hung on String Swings.

The mount board along the window wall will be used for 2 more string swings, but left empty for possible future additions. (Not planned yet, but you never know, it’s kind of addicting).

Between the

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#3 posted 10-13-2016 12:49 AM

Sounds like you have a real music man cave there. You are into a totally different thing that I have been, so there is no real comparison. My space is partly techie, but much more consumer like, even though I program at times. Considerable business activity has passed through the system there, however.

My space is from a remodel about 9 years ago, combining two bedrooms.

My den is devoted about 1/3 to my monster u-shaped corporate desk, that I bought from a corporate office place with book shelves each side. My cable modem, Wi-Fi router, and LAN switch are in a swiveling stack I installed in one of the bookcases at just higher than screen level, always in view, so I know what is going on.

The rest of the den houses a 60 gallon aquarium, some orchids, a couch and a couple of recliners. My den becomes the playground for the grandkids when they come, with Legos strewn around the floor, and the oldest grandson running video games on my main computer. He brings his own mouse.

Three screens on top in the center of the corporate desk, and three computers underneath. One capable machine, and the lateral dirt cheap ones for use with flight simulation stuff, and occasionally other things. I have push button switch capability to direct the video, and can move the side screens to the center computer so that it has three screens to work with. Handy for programming.

The main computer, Falcon Northwest from 2010, is long in tooth, but so capable, it still runs good frame rates on the latest games. It has the Intel Extreme processor from 2010, a 6 core, on the fly automatic overclocking thing, 24 gig of memory, a 256 gig solid state main hard drive, two video cards in SLI, and a Logitech backlit keyboard. The center screen is an Alienware 3D capable thing. The lateral screens are large Samsung screens, by older standards, with excellent performance.The sound runs through optical to a Yamaha receiver, and I have a surround speaker system installed. Bunch of legacy near audiophile speakers, but still sound great.

Totally unlike your system, yours being much more into music and video, I presume, with a lot of evidence of professional computer technology activity.

I would like to upgrade some aspects of the system at some time, but it will depend on retirement finances, a much more restrictive environment.

Keep up the blogging…........


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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