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Cleaning Up Wire Clutter with Keystone Wall Plates

Don't let your cluttered cords overtake your home.

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Wireless technology is everywhere, yet we are still plagued by wires needed for charging, transmitting, or linking devices. The reality is we will always need to have wires for our devices, but that doesn’t mean you can’t tame those tangled cords.

There are different ways for organizing cables. Lifehacker.com shared some original Do-It-Yourself ideas using common household items. These options are creative, but a professional and cost-effective solution can be achieved with keystone wall plates and modules.

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Keystone wall plates are commonly made to be compatible with National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) standard openings and boxes. Installing these can help you clean up long wiring by running cables through the wall.  The result is a connection hub for your devices that looks clean and professionally done.

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To get started with cleaning up your cables you will need to have the proper tools for running wiring through your home. Here is an overview of the products needed and tools recommended to run your wiring and install the keystone wall plates.

Products Needed:

Keystone Wall Plate (6-Port recommended)

RJ45 Cat6 Modules

Bulk Ethernet Cable

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Tools Recommended:

1 Cable cutter

1 Cable stripper

1 Punch down tool

1 Paddle bit or hole saw

1 Power drill

1 Stud finder

1 Strong string or a fish tape

1 Pointed hand saw

1 Ruler

1 Retrofit box

Pencil & marker

This job is considered an intermediate Do-it-Yourself project, but whenever you are working with electrical wiring it is best to consult an electrician. Once you’ve completed this DIY job you can move on to some advanced customizing for your home network, home entertainment center, or business networks. Share your story or ask a question in the comments section below.

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