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Novice Question #160531
09/24/06 06:16 PM
09/24/06 06:16 PM
Theelectrikid  Offline OP
Joined: Apr 2004
Posts: 810
Levittown, PA
I'm running a few Cat5s through my crawlspace for my small network, and have a dumb question (I even have a special "Trailer floor drill" that will go right from the carpet through to the I-beams beneath.)
Do you guys prefer stranded or solid Cat5? I'm punching it into wall jacks, if that makes any difference to you. Also, how would you secure the cables underneath a singlewide trailer? Drill clips into the beams?

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Re: Novice Question #160532
09/24/06 10:44 PM
09/24/06 10:44 PM
LoneGunman  Offline
Joined: Oct 2005
Posts: 141
Solid wire, beam clamps and bridle rings for securing the wire.

[This message has been edited by LoneGunman (edited 09-24-2006).]

Re: Novice Question #160533
09/25/06 11:28 AM
09/25/06 11:28 AM
gfretwell  Offline

Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 9,167
The biggest thing is not to "bruise" the cable and maintain the twists in the boxes right up to the punchdowns. If you look at the signal on a scope you can see the place where you pinch (bruise) the cable as a disruption in the signal. If you tied a knot in it there would be a big bump.
Back in the olden days we used a scope for TDR and you can see every connector, transition and damaged area as bumps in the signal.

Greg Fretwell
Re: Novice Question #160534
09/25/06 06:43 PM
09/25/06 06:43 PM
hbiss  Offline
Joined: Dec 2003
Posts: 886
Hawthorne, NY USA
Any wire you "punch down" HAS to be solid because that is what the block or jack is designed for. Stranded wire is for fabricating patch cords with plugs on each end.


Re: Novice Question #160535
09/25/06 07:32 PM
09/25/06 07:32 PM
Theelectrikid  Offline OP
Joined: Apr 2004
Posts: 810
Levittown, PA
Thanks guys.

Ian A.

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Re: Novice Question #160536
09/25/06 11:06 PM
09/25/06 11:06 PM
trobb  Offline
Joined: Jun 2006
Posts: 110
Iowa City, IA
I agree with the previous statements, and want to mention that Cat5 really doesn't like to be bent with less than a 1" radius- it causes the pinching problem. Oh, and try and avoid electric boxes (AC) if possible, it occasionally causes odd problems. Good luck with the project!

Re: Novice Question #160537
10/02/06 04:07 AM
10/02/06 04:07 AM
Trumpy  Offline

Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 8,231
SI,New Zealand
I'm definitely with Hal on this one.
There is no way that you can punch down stranded wire into a block.

Re: Novice Question #160538
10/03/06 03:38 AM
10/03/06 03:38 AM
pauluk  Offline
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 7,520
Norfolk, England
There is no way that you can punch down stranded wire into a block.

Definitely. If you try to use stranded on the IDC connectors you'll just end up with lots of bad connections to troubleshoot.


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