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I'm about to run several drops of Cat6 and Coax per room since we are doing a reno. Most of the cable will be in the attic and some in floor joists. I was planning on stapling the cable with T-59 insulated staples but I am not sure if this is wise or recommended. Does it matter?

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The problem i have with staples is that there is a possibility of piercing the cable.


I like to use these guys with velcro strips or zip ties.


You can usually find both at home depot.


Hammer this in a long the bundle path and use velcro or a zip tie to secure bundles to them.



 

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I tried going the insulated staple route but as soon as I put one through the cat6 I decided to go with the solution 39CentStamp has pictured, which is pretty much standard. It only took me about 4 staples before I had one go right through the cat6
 

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Home Depot sells really cheap rolls of Velcro brand cable ties, gray and black colors, FWIW. May not be with the other Velcro, ask or look around.


Package looks like this, comes in small rolls, but 8" ties are pre-cut:




Was the cheapest I've seen, bought several rolls.


Maybe this is it:

 

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Home depot and lowes both sell a staple gun that shoots insulated staples. The nice part is that is has a deep recess where the wire fits to "make sure" you don't put one through the wire itself. Works great as well.


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With the exception of speaker wire, I would not recommend using staples directly on CATx or RGx type cables. Even if you don't pierce the cable directly, you stand the chance of crimping the cable and altering its capacitance thereby making it perform below spec.


The staple + velcro or "snug but not choking" wireties are the best options, in my opinion. This also makes replacing or adding cables much easier.
 

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I'm certainly not pushing one thing over another, but if you stick with the insulated ones (espescially the gun dispensed ones) and, of course, you use the right ones for the wire type and don't overload (too many wires under a staple etc). The staples have standoffs so when you shoo them, they leave the wire supported but very lose under the insulator.


Maybe a better way to put it is that you have to do it right...
 

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Thanks to all. The insulated staple are clean but snug. I think I will go with the velcro method. Once the drywall is up, I don't want to wake up in a cold sweat worrying about stapling too deeply.
 
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