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Home Networking to home

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Home Networking to home

My wife and I are waiting for our home to be finished. We try to see it every weekend just to see progress. Now, during the decor appointment, I didn't get the additional LAN ports per room. It's a condo townhome and the exterior units already have tenants so its alot easier to go in to our unit. The drywall isnt up yet so I was thinking of going in one weekend and start wiring networking but I'm unsure if this is legal. I know where the comm box would be so I wanted to wire CAT 6 cable to all the rooms.

I also have tried emailing the builder a few times with no response.. so Im asking if anyone ever have done something similar?

Thanks in advance
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jEnkinsX wrote: My wife and I are waiting for our home to be finished. We try to see it every weekend just to see progress. Now, during the decor appointment, I didn't get the additional LAN ports per room. It's a condo townhome and the exterior units already have tenants so its alot easier to go in to our unit. The drywall isnt up yet so I was thinking of going in one weekend and start wiring networking but I'm unsure if this is legal. I know where the comm box would be so I wanted to wire CAT 6 cable to all the rooms.

I also have tried emailing the builder a few times with no response.. so Im asking if anyone ever have done something similar?

Thanks in advance
You could just hook up with the electrician of you are there all the time. Tell him what you want and check with the builder.
Not a big deal any more since wifi and Bluetooth are getting so much better. Network modems have come a long way.
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Just going in on the weekend and wiring your own stuff is a recipe for disaster. It's not your property, so it's really just trespassing until your house closes.

I'd suggest going during the day while construction is going on and talk to the site supervisor. See if you can work something out. The earlier the better.
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not sure about townhomes but with detached we did conduit from attic to basement and it was easy to do the wirings after.
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That is trespass and you will find yourself in hot water should you do it. You are making changes to a home that you do not own. Every builder has had issues with home buyers who do this. Most of the issues come up after closing under warranty work. One builder rep told me of a guy who visited his home while under construction and didn't feel that the trades installed enough screws in the sub floor. He decided to install more, lots more. Except, he didn't use the right screws and didn't install them properly. The screws starting bulging under the hardwood and the buyer was now screaming for hardwood replacement and subfloor repair.

Most builders actively discourage people from visiting the construction site due to safety issues. Should you continue to visit the site, don't be surprised to receive a notice from the builder asking you to refrain from visiting or to sign in with the construction foreman to request an escorted tour. Remember, you have no right to be there and it is not your home until you receive the keys on closing day.
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skeet50 wrote: That is trespass and you will find yourself in hot water should you do it. You are making changes to a home that you do not own. Every builder has had issues with home buyers who do this. Most of the issues come up after closing under warranty work. One builder rep told me of a guy who visited his home while under construction and didn't feel that the trades installed enough screws in the sub floor. He decided to install more, lots more. Except, he didn't use the right screws and didn't install them properly. The screws starting bulging under the hardwood and the buyer was now screaming for hardwood replacement and subfloor repair.

Most builders actively discourage people from visiting the construction site due to safety issues. Should you continue to visit the site, don't be surprised to receive a notice from the builder asking you to refrain from visiting or to sign in with the construction foreman to request an escorted tour. Remember, you have no right to be there and it is not your home until you receive the keys on closing day.
Makes sense - I see the safety issue and trespassing.. its just been delayed for 1.5 years already so we wanted to see ourselves the progress being made.. but to me its more safety more than the trespassing lol.. they can ask me to not do it which is fine.. but i would hate it if something happened to my wife and I.

Thanks again! I'm just going to email the builder and see if I can add the whole netowrking thing.. I just paid to get coaxial added to each room..
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jEnkinsX wrote: Makes sense - I see the safety issue and trespassing.. its just been delayed for 1.5 years already so we wanted to see ourselves the progress being made.. but to me its more safety more than the trespassing lol.. they can ask me to not do it which is fine.. but i would hate it if something happened to my wife and I.

Thanks again! I'm just going to email the builder and see if I can add the whole netowrking thing.. I just paid to get coaxial added to each room..
If they are already running coax to each room it's not much additional work to run the cat at the same time. Of course it does take some extra labour to run the extra cable and then terminate them plus materials. But might be worth the cost to avoid the hassle later.

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