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internet-cableWe have all seen in many homes here in UK these ugly wires running on top of skirting boards, across walls or ceilings bare, just clipped to the surfaces or hidden in the ugly looking plastic trunks. In this article we will give you some tips how to avoid them destroying your home interior after you just completed your London home refurbishment.

One of the funny things that almost everybody has experienced in their homes is if you change your internet, phone or cable TV provider, every time an engineer comes in and starts wiring all over again, leaving the old wires unused and exposed. Luckily there are only few communications providers to choose from – otherwise, if you were jumping from one to another service provider, after few years you would have a bunch of them everywhere.

So, before you start your refurbishment in London, think well and plan where what services you will need or may need in future: in what room, where a TV set, a computer, a landline phone handset will be placed. After it’s all nice and finished, it’s too late to install new connection point sockets without having exposed wires. Mains or low voltage wiring (such as aerial, internet, phone line cables) is done in the early stages of any refurbishment in London– usually some walls or ceilings are opened up (or being constructed), flooring removed – the time to call {ln:electrical-services-in-north-london-east-london 'electricians in London}.

The general tip (as any electrician would advice) is to have low voltage sockets (for TV, PC or phone handset) in every room: you may not know how your requirements would change over time.

Having marked the locations of each socket in every room (in a plan or on the walls), you have to designate the position for the central hub – a place (usually a box under the stairs or some storage space – out of sight but easy to access) where all low voltage wires will come from to every socket.

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Low voltage wiring is done in different way than mains wiring: cables are installed from the central hub each going separate to every socket. The principle is simple: one wire comes in from the street (TV, internet or phone line cable) and splits into many wires to service every room in a house. Splitting is done by installing internet hub device – for internet (for that reason you should also think of the mains socket next to the low voltage box), connection splitter – for TV. Thus you will be sure you will not have to run new wires every time you change purpose of the room.

You may think, that it’s a good idea to use wireless network. In our experience it’s not – usually internet speed drops, hard wired devices are always better option.

You have to make sure you would be able to pull new cable from the street into your central hub – as we know, for some reason, new service provider never uses same cable – every time they use their own new cable, although the old one was exactly the same and good enough to be reused. Tube serves best for that purpose – one end going to front of the house, another end – to the central hub. You just have to make sure you don’t bend the pipe too much, allowing cables to be pulled through. Before you install the pipe, you have to push though rigid wire – later you will use it for pulling cables. Once the pipe is installed, you can pull though the cables. Then it’s just a matter of connecting all the right cables together. Exposed low voltage wiring will be gone forever!