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When you finish a basement...
#446929 09/05/07 03:09 PM
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...it's not a good idea to drywall right over the 66 block.

But don't worry, this is the same house where Verizon installed a NID without bothering to ground it (!!) and just cut the aerial cable where it went into the house and connected that to the customer side of the NID.

Then someone cut those cables inside what would be the basement ceiling, removed them from the circa-1945 protector and nailed a 2x4 over them. At least they were kind enough to run a 4-pair cat3 from the 66 block, and the 1945 protector, and something newer that looks like it dates back to 1975 (with the hex-head fuses, I think), through the basement ceiling (carefully placed between the floor joists and the drywall..guess they had no drill?) and out the side of the house opposite where the Verizon NID currently is.

I think their idea was to get Verizon to move the NID to that side of the house..a good one, considering the electric and cable TV services are connected to that side of the house, and the ground is right there..except they overlooked that before selling the house.

What a mess. I ran a cable along side the house from where the NID is now to the cat3 cable hanging out of the other side and told my friend to call Verizon to get them to move the NID, and oh, maybe hook a ground wire up to it while they're at it...

Sheesh, what a mess.

I installed an access panel in the basement ceiling to cover the hole I made. It looks very nice.

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Anyone who'd finish a basement with out removable tile or suspend ceiling is nuts to begin with.

I had a very similar problem, fortunately the home owner remembered where he'd cover it up and cut it out for me.


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What's a basement? laugh

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Anyone who'd finish a basement with out removable tile or suspend ceiling is nuts to begin with.

Yeah, well the DIYs and professionals alike are all nuts. I get them where they rock right over the porcelain bulb sockets then smear a heavy texture all over the ceiling. The lightbulbs now screw into the ceiling...

I've seen what you are talking about. Older houses here had the protectors screwed to the joists in the basement. Basement gets "finished" as above. Now all you see is the aerial drop going into the house someplace on the outside. When I get a call to trouble shoot, sometimes the protector has been hit, sometimes something else. If I can't find the problem with my "little saw" in a few minutes they are advised that the whole house will need to be rewired.

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Underground wire toner might do the trick. Course i'm not sure everyone has one laying around the truck.

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Believe me, I've tried. It just bleeds all over, even to the electrical wiring. I just love to use my "little saw" on these people.

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Had someone call once for a couple of jacks. Get there & she doesn't want to see 1" of wire.

Her brother (who's a contractor) had finished the basement, gyproc everywhere. Hid the protector in the ceiling somewhere & he even covered the electrical panel leaving only enough room open to flick the breakers on & off.

Told her that was illegal and I don't work miracles. She never called back.

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I was able to use a toner to find the 66 block. I was quite amazed about that.

Yea, someone also sheetrocked right over a light bulb socket in the laundry room, too.

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well people use sheetrock to cover mistakes and bury the past, one place i was working in was offices in a larger building, they were renovating and pulled down a sheetrock ceiling, behind that ceiling were vestiges of the buildings former past as a grocery store. 10 feet!! above the sheetrock was a suspended ceiling and intact 4 tube 8 foot long flourescent lights, for the fun of it i put my meter on the lights and found they were still powered, they probably sheetrocked the ceiling with those old lights turned on and they eventually burnt out in thier tombs


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