Join Date: May 2002
Location: Christchurch, NZ
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I can see how putting in an empty vertical run of smurf tube down from an attic or up from a crawl space would be good future proofing, but how about long horizontal runs that include corners (my situation) ? Some specific questions:
- Can you just push the wire in (as the Lowes guy I talked to suggested) or does it need to pulled with a snake/string ?
- How do you get the draw string in on a completed but empty run ? I read about the vacuum method but am wondering how long the run can be (I am installing 30' total with three 90 degree bends). Will a snake work ? Or is this something you do in sections, as the run is being assembled out of 10' lengths ?
- Once the tube already has cables in it, is a pre-installed draw string the only option for adding more ? At a pinch, could one of the existing cables be used to pull more ?
- How many Cat 5 cables is it realistic to put in one 3/4" tube ?
Sorry if these are basic questions. I am trying to imagine how all this will work out in advance but without having any hands on experience.