How to Install Cable TV Wire in Your House

By Brenda Priddy

Moving cable wire from one room to another is a project you can do yourself.
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Installing cable wire is not difficult, but it is usually done by a professional installer. If you decide that you want to move your cable line to some other location than where the cable company installed it, you can do it yourself without having to pay a repair technician to do the job. You will need a few special tools to install cable wire without damaging the walls in your home.

Step 1

Sketch out the route that the relocated cable line will take, starting at the junction box or incoming feed and ending at the termination point where you'll connect to your cable box and TV. Calculate the amount of cable you will need based on the intended route. Add at least four to six feet of cable per room to avoid having too little cable at the end of the project.

Step 2

Locate any studs in the wall along the route of the new cable line. Make necessary adjustments so you run the cable in between studs whenever possible, while avoiding electrical wires and other interior cabling.

Step 3

Drill holes through the walls or floor where you want to run the cable line.

Step 4

Tie a length of fish tape to the end of the cable. Thread the fish tape behind the wall and pull the cable through after the fish tape. Continue to pull the cable through the holes until you reach the final termination point.

Step 5

Cover the holes that you drilled in the wall with a cable face plate. Screw the plate in place around the hole.

Step 6

Run the cable line to the desired television set. Tighten the end. Attach the other end of the cable to the cable box.