Data Wires Can't Get Kinky

Reblogger Roy Kelley
Education & Training with Realty Group Referrals 16766

Data lines and electric wires should be kept separate everywhere, even in vertical runs along studs inside the wall.

 

Original content by Jay Markanich 3380-000723

Data wires can't get kinky.

Pre-drywall inspections look at many things.  Some things most people would not think would be inspected.

A pre-drywall inspection is a very important to a house under construction because it is the only time the house can be seen in a skeletal condition.  And we can see everything!

In this case, first of all, the data line was supposed to be a CAT6 line, and it was CAT5E instead.

While there isn't a huge difference between the two, the client's contract did say CAT6, so that is what he wanted!

Secondly,  I had to look hard to see the kink at this location as it was on top of the roof rafter, but there it was.  You can see it in the cropped photo.  Looking further I found two other kinks in other locations.

And that is unacceptable!

Data lines come on a big spool.  When these lines are unspooled during installation they need to be taken care of!

Further, in this location, the data line is wrapped around two electric wires!

That is also unacceptable!

Data lines and electric wires should be kept separate everywhere, even in vertical runs along studs inside the wall.

Now, the "professional" data company is supposed to know all this.  The mix up between the CAT5E and CAT6 may not be the data company's fault, but the lack of quality of this installation cannot be tolerated.

My client works out of his house and data was/is EXTREMELY important to him!  It has to be right.  And it's easier to fix now then later!

My recommendation:  you never know what you might find during a pre-drywall inspection, but this one was important.  Imagine how difficult it would be to rewire all this a couple of months from now after the client moved in and started working, only to find there were problems with his system!  As such a little thing this may seem to be, it would not have been found had there been no inspection on this house.  When the supervisor stopped by to "see how things were going" we told him about all this, and I asked him what company did the installation.  He mentioned one I have never heard of.  I suggested he might consider a change because this was not careful work.

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


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Rainer
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Sham Reddy
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Great advice!!! Thanks for sharing!

Data lines and electric wires should be kept separate everywhere, even in vertical runs along studs inside the wall.

Jan 12, 2019 04:05 AM #1
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Gita Bantwal
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Thank you for reblogging the post. I missed reading the original one.

Jan 12, 2019 05:17 AM #2
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Gabe Sanders
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Thanks for the re-blog, Roy.  Jay saved this homeowner some potential future headaches.

Jan 12, 2019 05:53 AM #3
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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Roy, just did an electrical walk on a new build with my young buyers, they took photos.

Jan 12, 2019 06:46 AM #4
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Please be sure to leave comments at the original blog by Jay Markanich

Jan 12, 2019 07:09 AM #5
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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I was taught this years ago.   Never cross anykind of wires

Jan 12, 2019 09:38 AM #6
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Sage advice & great re-blog, Roy - it's always interesting what we find in these new construction inspections. It's SO smart to have a pre-drywall inspection to pinpoint issues such as this one.

Jan 12, 2019 08:28 PM #8
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Your feedback and your continued support are very much appreciated.

Jan 14, 2019 03:56 AM #10
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