About a month ago, I was having a lot of trouble with my cable modem. Going offline a few times a day, poor transfer speeds, etc. Comcast decided I needed a new drop to the street (which, I can’t really complain about too much: it’s been working great since.) Anyway, I’ve had a coax cable laying across my front lawn for the last several weeks.
This is the second new cable line we’ve had during the last two-and-a-half years. The original line was damaged when they built the retaining wall along side the house. I’m not sure what the problem was this time. (Although, I’d like to blame it on the mice that destroyed our front yard over the winter.)
So this weekend I’d planned to bury the new line under the river rock that runs between the two houses. Last time the Comcast contractor came to bury the last new line, they royally screwed up my landscaping and a whole corner of the lawn, so I really don’t want them to do it again.
Looking around my garage earlier this week, I suddenly had a revelation when I saw the extra 50 feet of irrigation pipe left over from installing my sprinklers two summers ago. Why not use that as conduit for the cable drop? It’ll keep the coax line protected (especially if it’s only buried under the river rock and not underground), and it’s a good way to get that extra pipe out my garage.
That project went surprisingly well today. It was much easier than I thought it would be to feed that coax cable through the pipe. I had to cut off a few feed of the end to make it the right length, but other than that it was a snap.
Now, barring any major pick-axe or lawnmower accidents, that cable should stay in good shape from now on. So next time I have cable modem problems, at least they won’t be able to claim that my drop is bad.