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fish tape? - Alierak
January 27th, 2002
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fish tape?
I woke up this morning planning to get up in the attic and string cat5 cable around the house (Alex brought home a big spool of the stuff and some jacks, but he's too large to get into the attic) but he says no, we need to get a "fish tape" before trying to pull cables down thru the walls. I'm a little impatient -- just seeing the cable and jacks lying around makes me want to pick them up and wire the damn house. Theoretically we just need one long patch cable strung down the hall from office to sunroom (the office phone jack is too noisy for DSL), but Alex has to go and overengineer. Today, like many other days, my mood is one of frustrated unproductivity. I'd already put on my "attic style" ripped jeans.

So I vegged out and watched the Patriots game instead. Yay, the local team I don't care about is going to the superbowl. That just makes me so... apathetically hooked. Now I'll have to waste brain cells watching the superbowl just to see what happens.

Maybe I'll go drill holes in the floor later and run cable downstairs. That at least doesn't require fishing it through walls.

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From:lite
Date:January 27th, 2002 04:03 pm (UTC)
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I always watch the Superbowl. Not that I care who wins (not since the Jim Kelly days), but because the commercials are kewl :)
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From:kareila
Date:January 27th, 2002 06:37 pm (UTC)
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glad to know that I'm not the only one Alex is driving crazy...

I bet you're only going to watch the Super Bowl because I'm planning to watch it. :)
From:rhayden
Date:January 27th, 2002 08:22 pm (UTC)

Busy phone jacks

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When I got DSL at my house, my dad went out and purchased some little attachments called filters. They plug into the phone jack, and then the DSL modem plugs into the filter. Scrubs out line noise fairly well. My guess is that they're relatively easy to find and they should only cost one or two bucks. (Again, that's a guess)

Just thought I'd share my solution. :)
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From:kareila
Date:January 27th, 2002 08:49 pm (UTC)

Re: Busy phone jacks

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No, the problem isn't lack of filters (we have plenty), the problem (as I recall him describing it to me) is that part of the house wiring is in a loop that is acting as a receiver for a radio station about a mile away. So the phone jacks in one half of the house are so noisy as to be useless for anything.
From:rhayden
Date:January 27th, 2002 08:52 pm (UTC)

Re: Busy phone jacks

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Oooo, ack. Aye, that -would- make for messy line noise. Never mind then. :)
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