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#212657 - 01/30/14 12:00 PM CAT 6 minimum radius  
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For a conduit installed for data cable (e.g. conduit from wall box up to above ceiling) - What should the minimum radius of the elbow be?


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#212658 - 01/30/14 01:08 PM Re: CAT 6 minimum radius [Re: cgw]  
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4 times the diameter of the cable is the min, for regular bends 50mm is the min.


#212660 - 01/30/14 06:15 PM Re: CAT 6 minimum radius [Re: cgw]  
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Radius in such situations is almost never an issue.

The crippler is the size of the conduit.

Typical minimum for trivial need: 3/4"

Robust data-com spec out 1 1/4" drops -- for which j-boxes are in mass production (yet special order from your distributor -- such big KOs have to be spec'd) (4-11s)

It's not uncommon for the drops to have no elbow at all. Instead, the drop is a sleeve capped by a plastic bushing -- typically a white nylon style -- Arlington pitches theirs all the time in EC Magazine.

It's common for the spec's to call out for bushed entries, BTW. Bare pipe won't do.

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Eriksen sells a bender that kicks out mild sweeps in EMT.

It's popular in the data-com world, too.

http://www.ericksenbender.net/

This is usually a company tool. Its sweeps are so gentle that it's possible to go to down a size for data-com sweeps. (ie, 1" replaces 1 1/4") If you do this often enough, then the bender pays for itself.

[ Note: downsizing data-com drops is only possible if you've got the data-com contract. In all other cases, you're in the blind -- and will have to follow the contract spec's. These are usually worked up on the most conservative (oversized) basis so that the writer doesn't get bit by final results.]

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In all cases, never attempt to get away with 1/2" EMT.

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