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DOWNLOA Network cabling tips and tricks

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Running network cable in old or large buildings can be a real challenge. Do you have a handy tip for quickly running cable?

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Running cables....

by kevin.pawsey In reply to DOWNLOAD: Network cabling ...

I can't think of any way of running it 'quickly' I would rather concentrate on running it so that the cables can be accessed if there are problems with cabling or if you need to expand the cabling. How many points are you installing, and are there any cables running between floors?

I personally would go for the cable ducting skirting board, top stuff, but it depends on how many points there are, and how new this installation is.

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cat 5 to patch panel

by nricom87 In reply to Running cables....

I am stuck on what should be a simple wiring issue. I traced a wire to punch in on back of patch panel, it is cat 5 twited pair. I assume the other end has to be pinned out as a straight through since going to pc ? I have tried 568 a and b and no luck. is definettley the correct cable and tone check leads to it. any help would be great

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How fast can you run?

by trockii In reply to DOWNLOAD: Network cabling ...

Just kidding. I have 75 years of old phone and network cables running throughout the warehouse I work at. I have thought about taking it all down, but in the mess the alarm system is tied into the old (15-20 years) circuit boards located all over. I contacted our local phone provider to come out and give me an estimate to do the work and was quoted $1400 and told it would take 2 days. I told my GM and he flipped on me. I would do it myself but it's just about impossible because of the ammount of work involved. (I am the WHOLE IT dept) All I can do is worry about the lan drops in the offices that I can see and the connections to my switches. Label BOTH ends and get a good probe and toner.

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fish wire, twine and tape.

by Jaqui In reply to DOWNLOAD: Network cabling ...

if you are lucky enough to have either guideways or emt the wire pushes through. tape twine and cable to wire. pull it back.
leave twine in for easy adding cables later.
( labeled clearly naturally )

if no emt / guideways, use the wire to feed across drop ceiling, tape cables and twine to it pull back.

it's the method Ive used in older building to connect mainframe terminals across 10 floors of offices. to wire duty free stores in international departures wing of YVR. ( yes Oz, I wired the longhouse Alders store for electrical, phone and data ) a 2 mile run of line.

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Retractable Tape Measure

Here's a technique I've used for running cable over drop ceilings:

I go to the midway point or all the way to the destination/drop point and push my trusty STANLEY tape measure blade back to the source point and then lock the blade.

I then go back to the source point and tape the cable to the end of the tape measure blade.

Back at the destination point, I unlock the blade and allow it to slowly retract and pull the cable to me.

Works great!

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A broomstick

by lb63640 In reply to Retractable Tape Measure

I've used a broomstick a couple of times when I've had to run cable through a ceiling. I duct tape the cable to the stick, then start moving the stick through the vacant areas. Works well when you've got to maneuver through insulation and other obstacles hidden by those lovely ceiling tiles.

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Cable Pulling Tricks

by JackieB In reply to DOWNLOAD: Network cabling ...

We use some 1/2 inch plastic PVC pipe, with connectors. They come in 6 or 8 foot lengths, put together several to span a longer area, using duct tape to hold them together when in use for easy teardown and storage. Flexible enough to go around a 90 degree bend in a 12 inch cable tray, but stiff enough to guide through most obstacles. You can easily cover 20 feet or more with 3 lengths of pipe. Rather inexpensive, as well.

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by cable-eno1987 In reply to Cable Pulling Tricks

they sell glow rods for this purpose. 1/4", fiberglass.

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Another trick

by JackieB In reply to DOWNLOAD: Network cabling ...

If you have a conduit (pipe) with no string in it, you can get a string into it using an ordinary vacumm cleaner. Fashion a 'birdie' from a scrap piece of rag, not too big, just big enough that you fold it over and tie a string aroung the fold so that it fits into the pipe but not real tight, then attach your string to the birdie and apply a vacumm to the other end of the pipe, allowing the vacumm to pull the birdie through the pipe. Of course, if theres a pull box in there you will lose the vacumm so you have to do this at each pull box, but, when done right it is a lot easier and will save you some time over the old 'fish tape' routine.

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what i've done over the years

by jeasterlingtech In reply to Another trick

had a fire truck that came from the manufacture without "pull strings" in the radio conduits the conduit had at least 5 bends in it
i tied a nut to a pull cord and stuffed it and a dozen feet of cord in the conduit and blasted it out with 150 psi compressed air

i have used a high power slingshot to fire a rubber ball with a string attached

if you carefuly wind a cable into a loop you can "roll" the loop accross a drop ceiling (when i installed cctv i could get between 25' and 50' throws covering a large drugstore in a couple throws)

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