Important Instruction Help In Your Preparation To Install A Security/Home Automation System

What follows is information on what you need to do in the preparation phase of installing a UL approved Security/Home Automation system. It is important that you purchase all your electronics and hand tools well in advance of your start date. All right you have your tools organized and on hand. The next thing you need to do is to get the cabling you will need specifically for your security/home automation system.

Choice of Cable

The type of cable you will need to have on hand is at least two boxes of CAT 5e twisted pair cable. There are four twisted pair (TP) in a Cat 5e cable. You will also need several “speed bags” of stranded 4-conductor security wire.

Pull From A Box?

Some installers pull security cable from a box however, I have found speed bags a God send in terms of saved time and labor. If you have a medium to large size house you will be pulling cable from several bags at a time. Perhaps you will pull from as many as eight speed bags at a time. Even though you are going to pull quite a bit of cabling through your walls related you security and home automation, you will get by with just these two types of cable. Structured wiring, home theater, central vacuum, and whole-house stereo require several more types of cable however, this article does not address those systems.

Prepare Yourself

It is very important you prepare yourself and any workers that may be helping you when the time has come to install your systems. It is important that you do not get ahead of yourself because problems can arise if you do.

Generally speaking you want to show up with all your cabling, tools, and helper(s) when the framing has been completed. The plumber will have already come and gone having completed his rough-in. You are now waiting for the electrician to complete his job. You absolutely cannot install your low-voltage wiring until the electrician has come and gone. The reason for this precaution is you want to install your cables as far away from his high-voltage wiring as possible. If your wires end up too close to high-voltage wires, you will pick up energy from attenuation which might manifest itself as interference in your electronic equipment.

Identify Your Components

To install this system you must be able to first identify the various electronic components and connectors required to complete the job. Once you have gotten all these together you must understand the overall design of a typical system so that you can begin to formulate your own plan. After you have formulated the plan view for your home the next step is to pull the appropriate cabling throughout the walls to each zone originating normally in an electronics closet.

Make Sure the Windows and Doors Have Been Installed

Another important consideration is to make sure all the windows and doors have been installed. You can’t install security contacts to windows and doors if they have not been installed. If you are like most people you will be doing the rough-in work for several systems at the same time. You will be pulling cable for structured wiring, security / home automation, whole-house stereo, whole-house intercom, video cameras, central vacuum, and the list goes on. It is important to have at least one and hopefully two helpers on the job helping you with the labor.

Install Your Security Devices

Once the cable installation is complete you will install your contacts and other security components. When all the connectors have been installed, in the Trim-Out Phase you will install the UL approved security panel and connect each individual security contact wires to the security zones on the panel.

Installing Numerous Systems

It has been my experience that when people are considering one technology for their new or remodeled home, they are probably considering other systems as well. It would be in your best interest to have installation guide on each system you would like to include in your home. Read them all then purchase your components, special tools, and cabling so that they are all on the job site in advance of your proposed start date.

Here Is Your List

On the main page of my website are eight How To Install Ebooks which cover all the primary low-voltage systems from security and home automation to lighting control and whole-house stereo. Click on this link: