Suspending cables away from dangerous services
The common way to suspend cables permanently away from dangerous services and keep them off ceilings is to use cable ties
The common way to suspend cables permanently away from dangerous services and keep them off ceilings is to use cable ties. I have seen cables tied to vertical suspension rods pulled tight so that they grip onto the rods. And we all know what damage can be done to Category 5 cables by doing this.
Using two cable ties can be an easier way to keep cables permanently away from power sources.
Use two cable ties. This method is most useful when individual cables have to travel away from catenaries to final drop zones. Two ties can be used to fix conduits to ceiling hangers-one around the hanger twice, and one around the conduit. The conduit is then used to support a final Category 5 cable drop when distances between hangers are too great for correct suspension. The Cat 5 cable can go inside, or can be cable-tied to the outside.
- Place one cable tie around the vertical suspension rod twice.
- Place the second cable tie through the first one, and around the cables.
- Pull the cable tie on the suspension rod tight so that it will not slip down.
- Adjust the other cable tie so that the cables are firmly fixed, yet loose enough to let cables be pulled through.
Mark Leitch is an installer from Broome, WA. This was supplied to our sister publication, Cabling Installation & Maintenance Australia-New Zealand.