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Data Wires Can't Get Kinky

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


Comment balloon 12 commentsJay Markanich • November 22 2017 11:35AM

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Thanks for very good ingformation!!!

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

Posted by Sham Reddy, CRS (H E R Realty, Dayton, OH) 7 months ago

Another good catch, Jay. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

Posted by Nathan Gesner, Broker / Property Manager (American West Realty & Management) 7 months ago

Good morning Jay. A pre-drywall inspection can prevent horror stories. All new construction should have one! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker (Wayne M Martin) 7 months ago

Your kind of inspection doesn't exist in Oklahoma. In all my years of selling new construction I never thought about this type of pre-inspection.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) 7 months ago

I love doing pre-drywall inspections... I tell my clients we need to look at it before they cover up all their sins! I have also found that if the client tells the builder he is going to have periodical inspections, they get much more attention from that Superintendent. Hmmm...

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) 7 months ago

Thanks Sham.  Great quote!

Same, Nathan.  And thank you.

Agreed Wayne.  It's the only skeletal view of the house.

I have been doing them around here for about 20 years Joe.  Unfortunately most people don't know what I identified in the post, and few will see this.  But it's there!

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 7 months ago

Fred - I do a lot of them.  In this case the supervisor knew we were coming and was a little, um, startled at our list!  He's been there every day, supposedly, and I was there only a short time.  Interesting...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 7 months ago

Jay, does this install require plenum cable?  I know in the office environment any in-wall install require plenum cable.  Is the requirement the same for residential applications?

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) 7 months ago

I have never seen plenum cable in new residential construction, Stephen.  I'm not sure why it would ever be required, but who knows?  The Nannies might take over data installations and make everything commercial criteria compliant one day!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 7 months ago

Jay I always cringe when buyers ask with the implication that  why do New Homes need inspections.... meaning they are trying to save money...Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 7 months ago

Bad case of realy getting your wires crossed !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (Keller Williams 414-525-0563) 7 months ago

Endre - it is impossible to predict what problems will crop up during such an inspection.  No flaw is common.  But all houses have them!  And the pre-drywall inspection is the only time to find some of them!

S&D - this job left a lot to be desired.  I will look for this company again in future inspections.  Now I know what they do!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 7 months ago

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