We're building a house, so naturally I'm quite interested in having my house wired with Cat5e/6. Unfortunately, my builder won't install it because they're anal that way, so I've had to go on my own to figure out how to get it put in there. I came up with the idea that I could find an electrician to pull the wire through and I would terminate it and put the plates on. So, I've been scouring Craigslist to find such a person so I'll know how much its going to cost me.
I've called a few fellows on the listings and that's where things started to get interesting.
I called and left a message on the voice mail of a contractor and he called back a few hours later. He asked me a few questions, wondering what exactly I wanted. I thought this was odd since I thought I had been pretty explicit in my mail. I told him I wanted someone "to drop some Cat6 for me". His reply, I thought, was interesting when he said that he wanted to call his electrician and have him call me back. OK, I thought, I'm not sure what's so hard to understand here, but fine.
About ten minutes later I get a call and the electrician wanted me to explain what I wanted, because the request I had made seemed 'odd'. What's so 'odd' about Cat6?
"I need some one to drop some Cat6", I explained. "I'll provide the materials. I'll terminate it. I just need someone to do all the holes and drop it for me; I'll take care of the rest."
He replied, "What's Cat6?"
What?, I thought. "Ya know, cabling for networks."
"Oh. OH!," he said with too much surprise. "OK, you mean Cat S-I-X."
"Yeah!," I said relieved that he knew what that was. I was beginning to think this company wasn't going to do because of their apperent lack of cabling knowledge.
"Because, well...," he stammered, pausing for some reason. "What I thought you said was cat sex. And, frankly, that's kinda sick."
"Oh no!", I replied with half embarrassment, half amusement. "Cat6, you know five plus one."
And then a conversation ensued about how it needed to be setup etc. No wonder the contractor didn't want to talk to me and get as far away from me as possible. Here's what he was hearing:
"I need some one to drop some cat sex. I'll provide the materials. I'll terminate it. I just need someone to do all the holes and drop it for me; I'll take care of the rest."