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Posted: 4/21/2007 11:36:25 AM EDT
Any suggestions on how to do this without completely screwing up our lawn?

My thoughts are to run it from the cable modem under the house, then along the cement/grass line into the backside of my garage (+/-50'). I will install the cable within a water-proof tubing, but will keep it as small in diameter as possible.

Anyone try this before?

btw, we are not going with wireless because the file sizes we need to bring into the workshop are way too big.

Thanks in advance!

Eric
Link Posted: 4/21/2007 9:30:45 PM EDT
Eric,
I'd try using a "Slit Trench" for your cable.

You choose your cable's path(Choose wisely!).
Mark the path with chalk or a paint line.
Then, using a good sharp shovel, you make a series of interconnecting slits
(Like this ------------) right next to each other.

(Put shovel on line, Step on shovel until it goes in 6"-10", "Push" shovel handle "Forward" (Away from you) perpendicular to the trench line, Move over, repeat.) thereby making your "Slit" to place the cable in to. Lay cable into trench, TEST IT!, then go back along the trench and simply push the sod back together again. Water a little over the next week or so to help re-stitch the grass.........DONE!


Tall Shadow
Link Posted: 4/21/2007 10:56:58 PM EDT
Thanks!!

My wife is really worried I'm going to destroy the sod...

Eric
Link Posted: 4/22/2007 5:47:17 AM EDT
Many sprinkler installers have equipment that slices open the lawn, lays down and buries the black poly tubing (fed off a giant roll), and presses the lawn back in place, all in one pass. Since you are not running electricity, the black poly tubing could serve as conduit for the network cable (use sufficient diameter tubing). A little bit of hand work on each end and you’ll be able to protect the entire cable from rodents. The process leaves a slight crease in the lawn that will disappear after a couple of waterings and mowings.
Link Posted: 4/22/2007 6:04:50 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/22/2007 6:06:03 AM EDT by Stasher1]
Why not go wireless? That's what I wound up doing and now I can use my desktop computer in my basement shop, or use the laptop anywhere in the yard or garage.

ETA: Nevermind. I just reread your post, and wireless is out.
Link Posted: 4/22/2007 1:04:36 PM EDT
You can always look into RF besides the run of the mill wireless junk.
There are many very high capacity links (whant 1 Gb/s?) available, they just are not for sale in Best Buy.
Link Posted: 4/22/2007 6:47:29 PM EDT
I agree w/ the shovel idea.... done it before... but much further. You MAY break a sweat but the cat5e or 6 cable is small enough you don't need that big of a trench. Get the spade out.
Link Posted: 4/22/2007 8:20:11 PM EDT
Thanks for the replies! I'm going to dig it and lay it within a tube. It is the most cost-effective and easiest way to do it, IMO.

I'll post some results once it's done.

Thanks!

Eric
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