Disappearing (Cable) Act


You may recall an unsightly black cable sticking out of the left side of our house on the yard tour we posted a few months ago.  It kind of fit in with that whole side of our house since we have done nothing over there in anticipation of a big tree removing, retaining wall installing, and fence building party that we hope to plan this fall.  Well, thanks to Dain being bred for his skills in magic, he made it disappear. It is an incredible improvement that came in at a grand total of under 2 dollars.  Holla.

Let us jog your memory.  Here’s what protruded from our antique stucco ever since January when we had cable t.v. installed in our living room after discovering that the cable jack that came with the house was apparently just for show since it led to nowhere.  Someone had cleverly made it look like it was connected, but the cable inside only went about 3 inches into a hollow wall.  The perils of not bringing a t.v. to our inspection.  Next time.  It sure looked like it worked, but now it actually does, at the cost of having a cable in full view on the side of the house.  Not ideal, but we’ve learned that older houses require mad improvisation skills.

So we lived with our little eyesore precariously dangling from the house for six months.  Obviously we could not do much about it during the winter, but we really have no excuse for why it has still taken so long.  Procrastination most likely.  And because we are never over there.  Out of sight out of mind works like a charm.  Forgive the lava rock.  It too came with the house.

To tackle this project, we of course started at our local Home Depot. We asked an employee for suggestions on clamps, and we ended up getting 1/4″ plastic cable clamps (for $1.19) to adhere the cable to the side of the house. We already had hollow wall anchors and a masonry drill bit to bust through our 1964 stucco walls.  The first step was to use a level and mark three spots on a vertical plane where the holes would be drilled.

Then it was time to drill. Normally for any kind of concrete you would need to use a hammer drill to bust through, but thanks to stucco being thin and only needing three small holes, our regular drill worked just fine.

With the holes in place, Dain applied the same Sheep’s Wool paint from our local Hirshfields that we used to paint our repaired stucco earlier this year on the other side of the house.

Before putting the wall anchors into the drilled holes, he filled the holes with caulk to ensure that neither critters nor weather would be getting in.The wall anchors then slid right in flush with the stucco.

The cable clamps fit snugly around the cable, and the screws went in easily with a screwdriver.

At the base of our house, Dain pulled away the hideous lava rock from the house to bury the rest of the length of cable.

Check it out now.

How do you like them apples?  Now it blends into the house, which itself is rather imperfect thanks to a previous owner trying to patch it along this side.  This is not our first stucco rodeo.  Thanks to this fiasco involving the removal of our old concrete staircase, we had our stucco repaired on the other side of the house and learned that it is darn near impossible to patch stucco that has been painted.  At least if you want it to match.  Which we do.  Ughh.  Stucco and concrete are on our hit list.  We could paint the entire house in our Sheep’s Wool color that seems to match, but we are anticipating a switch to siding sometime in the future so we live with the imperfection for the time being.

But for now, we are amazed by the difference that we achieved in less than an hour and for less than 2 dollars.  Very few projects come in with those impressive marks in the time and money categories.  How about you?  Any eyesores that you live with out of necessity (or sheer laziness….we don’t judge)?

One Comment on "Disappearing (Cable) Act"

  1. Jean says:

    My lawn. I submit this under the lazy category.

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