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post #1 of 7 Old 06-05-2013, 05:58 AM - Thread Starter
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So like so many have suggested here, i've got 5 CAT5e Cables run for future-proofing.
But how should i store all this extra wire? I've got a media area that has 3 2-gang plates occupied already.

So i'll need to somehow wiretie all this extra cable in the wall, while stil being easily accessible with the wall plate off.
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Coil up a foot or two, secure it with a zip tie either to the LV ring, or to a staple on the stud adjacent to the ring. You just need to keep it out of the way of the drywall crew. When it comes time to terminate, snip the zip tie and pull the wire out. After drywall is complete, leaving the wire loose in the wall is fine - but keeping it tied to the LV ring can ensure you'll be able to reach it later...

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Electrician left 5-6' of cat5 on each ends, i know one day it will save the day.

But till then i'm like WTF to do with that much!

I zip tied it like you said, just thought someone might have a brilliant idea/solution..
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At the head end, having that much wire is a good thing. At the other end, it's probably overkill - but if you can coil it up out of the way, great. Otherwise I'd trim them to 1-2' - enough that you can hold the wire end in your hand while sitting comfortably to do the termination...

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I typically coil the cables and fasten with a Velcro strap, and then put a screw threw the Velcro into the stud. If the cables come down from above, I usually let it hang.

You can buy zip ties with screw holes, too.

Zip ties can hurt category cables, be gentle. Nothing tight.

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Uhoh, i got a bit rough running the last of the cat5 cables, hopefully didnt damage them pulling them around a corner.
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You're probably fine. But for future reference, it's always good practice to pull extra, if you're DIY. Category cable is relatively cheap - labor cost is the most expensive aspect of pulling cables. And, it's almost zero extra effort, if you have multiple boxes.

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