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Topic Title: CAT 5
Created On: 02 November 2013 04:46 PM
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 02 November 2013 04:46 PM
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John Peckham

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I was getting a bit upset about constantly loosing my wireless connection on my Smart TV and lap top so today's job was running CAT 5 to a couple of points downstairs from my desk top and modem upstairs.

This meant a trip under the floor and squeezing between the holes knocked through the sleeper walls by a previous occupant which appear to be getting smaller as the years go by.

Anyway I decided to clip the cables down my cable/pipe duct from top to bottom and to joists under the floor. I did this as I did not have any hot/cold pipes or SWA and conduit conveniently located to cable tie the Cat 5 to. I have not seen Data cables clipped before only cable tied to pipes and SWA/conduit or hanging like jungle vines from top to bottom in riser cupboards.

I used over sized cable clips so as not to crush the Cat 5 and no sharp bends keeping the cables as short as possible and away from hot pipes and power cables.

Is cable clipping and acceptable installation method for CAT 5 or am I to missing something?

John Peckham

Edited: 02 November 2013 at 05:27 PM by John Peckham
 02 November 2013 06:38 PM
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Not a problem: 5-7mm round clips won't compress the cable. Cable tie wall plugs are a bit OTT for a single cable

S George
 02 November 2013 10:20 PM
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Those clips sometimes pinch the edge of a cable if not properly lined up so just be careful.
 03 November 2013 09:15 AM
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I didn't think they needed fixing at all John. every job I have been on with them they are slung round here,there and everywhere. I thought that was the norm.


Specialised Subject. The Bleedin Obvious. John Cleese
 03 November 2013 09:48 AM
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Working in IT, I have seen all manors of data cabling messes. Using the large clips you have is how I have had to do it when there is nothing to tie onto & I don't like messy wires. I have also used the clip to cable tie more than one cable to as well. I also have a insulated staple gun, An ArrowT72-Staple Gun that uses insulated staples. Great for saving time, just need to ensure you don't miss & go through the cable.

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