Cable Installation, Do You Have What It Takes?

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You just can’t get around it these days, cable network installations are in our homes, offices, even in our favorite restaurants. Usually involving computers, telecom systems and even alarm systems. The thought of doing a cable installation yourself can seem quite daunting if you have no experience in cabling. And in some instances there are certain types of cable installation work that is best left to a professional technician. Yet there is no reason to shy away from this type of project if you have the time, proper tools and a well laid out plan before you begin.

Certainly performing wiring installations in new construction is much less challenging because you don’t have to fish wiring behind any existing walls, giving you easy access to wiring and studs for mounting boxes. Installing wiring behind existing concrete block walls and sheet rock does present challenges even if you are a seasoned professional. There are some great choices of wire fishing tools to help even the most time-tested professional with an easy and convenient method of wire retrieval and wiring installation. One particular product that comes to mind called the “Magnamole”, allows the installer a means of dropping a drop magnet into the wall and then using a retriever unit to find the magnet and pulling it and the wire to be installed place in the wall. It even allows you to pull wire through insulation.

In some instances you may not want to install cabling behind existing walls, but instead run your cables along floors, baseboards or ceilings. This can not only be unsightly, but can leave your exposed wiring prone to damage. A great way to protect and hide those unsightly wires is by using Cable Raceways. Cable Raceways can easily be attached along ceiling or baseboards, can be painted with a latex paint, and are available in a variety of sizes and in many cases have an adhesive strip on one side making them extremely easy to mount. Best of all, Cable Raceways will make your installation look professional.

Other considerations when making your cable installations are mounting boxes for jack boxes, nylon or hook and loop cable ties for holding and grouping wires together, cable tackers designed for mounting a variety of wire types, Keystone Jacks, and what type of cable will provide the best results for your particular application.

Crimping tools may also be required for your installation depending on what the installation is for and what type of cable and connectors you are using. Crimp tools are available in many configurations and if you are dealing with several types of connectors you might want to consider using a crimp frame which allows you to use a variety of interchangeable crimp dies with one crimping tool.

The best advice here is to be prepared. Have the layout of your wire installation job already planned before you begin your project. Know what types of wire connectors you will be working with so that once you begin your project you will have the proper tools and supplies in hand making your installation easy and looking professional.