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3 mistakes some electricians made installing data cables at our jobsite


The following Youtube video from HSM IT Services (Edmonton, AB) notes how “electricians are often contracted to run data cable (Cat5e, Cat6) while installing electrical wire. Many times, they do a bad job and we have to clean up the mess,” observes the Canadian structured cabling installer firm.

Why exactly do they say this? “Several reasons,” notes the video’s technician-narrator, as he steps through a re-cabling jobsite he says was wired for data by some previous electricians — and POTS technicians — on the site:

— “They pull too hard on the data cable, causing it to tear or bend.”

— “They do not support the data cable in the ceiling properly.”

— “They do not terminate the data cable properly. This causes it to fail its certification.”