The Easiest Way to Install an Ethernet Cable through a Conduit

The Easiest Way to Install an Ethernet Cable through a Conduit

Many installers have debated over the number of cables you can run through a conduit. People in the networking industry often ask for certain guidance regarding this matter. We believe that people have been asking the wrong question. The right question they need to ask is how many cables can they run through a conduit without damaging the cables? Furthermore, they need to do this with minimum effort. You should mind a couple of factors before running a cable this way. 

First of all, you need to check the diameter of a conduit. Do not stuff the cables unnecessarily. Secondly, you should also take future changes into account. Lastly, try not to damage your cable jacket or internal structure while installing it. Before we further get into it, let’s take a look at all the possible damages to any Ethernet cable

Ethernet Cable Damages & Reasons

One of the biggest reasons for cable damage is poor installation. Many installers do not pay attention while installing the cable. They pull and push it rigorously. This can severely damage the both internal and external structure of your cable. Another big reason for cable damage is conduit installation. You should keep in mind that these damages can affect the performance of your cable. 

Here are some of the most common damages that can happen to a cable while installed through a conduit. 

  • Obey the distance. You should always run the cable according to industry standards. Do not exceed the set limit or you will run into danger or cable damage. 
  • Do not overstuff your conduit. This way you will be damaging the outer jacket of your cabling. 
  • Make sure you are using a cabling lubricant. These chemicals can reduce the friction between cables. 
  • If you need to run a cable over a longer distance, make sure to add an intermediate puller in between. 
  • Try to insert your cable with care and attention. If you end up tearing its outer jacket, you will have to replace the entire cable (You do not want that). 
  • Ethernet cables have certain bend and pull limits. Do not exceed those set limits. 

Friction is another factor you need to keep in mind. When you run a cable in a conduit over a longer distance, jackets can cause friction. Cabling lubricant can reduce this friction to a non-dangerous limit. The limit for any Ethernet cable is 25 feet per pound. If you are running a cable over a longer distance, you can easily outrun this limit. The worst part is that you won’t even know it until it’s too late. 

On the other hand, the internal structure also changes its original shape when you run a cable over a longer distance in a conduit. The twisted pairs stretch and lose over time. This phenomenon can damage the balance of your cable. Another always present danger is the sharp edges of the conduit. If you rashly insert the cable, the outer jacket can tear up. To avoid this danger, you need to use any wax or other cable lubricant. 

The general rule of thumb is to fill the conduit up to 40% capacity. This way you can occupy nearly half the conduit while leaving plenty of space for air circulation. If you are just starting in the networking industry, you need to remember this rule. The last limit for filling up a conduit is 60%. You should never go over this limit. Try not to touch this limit under the general circumstance. 

Chart for Conduit Filling

Safety institutions & fire department have mapped out a chart for conduit safety. You should always abide by it if you truly want to avoid any unpleasant incidents. This chart indicates that you should never fill any conduit more than 60% under any circumstance. The common limit is 40%. 

Chart for Conduit Filling

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