How to remove the Gel from Gel Filled Cables

If you’re new to outside plant copper cable a pesky part of your installation will be that gel. Getting it off your cable so you can finish your installation is a must but it does not come off easily and you don’t want to touch it because it won’t wipe off your fingers easily because it’s a moisture repellent and you’ll spend forever getting it off your hands. Let’s dive into what exactly that gel is.

The gel inside your cable is non-hygroscopic material. That material fills the spaces between the interior parts of the cable, preventing moisture from entering minor leaks in the sheath and migrating inside the cable. When you look at your spec sheet you should also see the filling compound noted as an ETPR compound and commonly referred to as “Icky-pick“.

There is a gel remover available that will help to make your installation easier. Let’s check it out from our YouTube channel.

The Hydrasol HS-16LR is made for removing that gel! As you can tell that ETPR compound is in the cable real good but after a couple of wipes your cable is gel-free and ready for punching down! To order online visit

AFL CT08 Fiber Optic Cleaver Overview

The AFL CT08 cleaver is an extremely rugged, durable, and easy to use single fiber cleaver. Ideal for FTTH applications, the CT08 provides unmatched levels of impact resistance and also eliminates the requirement for tools during blade rotation. A thumbwheel on the bottom of the cleaver is utilized for blade rotation, and the blade position indicator has been relocated to enable quick and easy viewing. The top clamp opens to a position past vertical allowing for easy viewing, cleaning, and adjustment of the cleave length. The blade is retracted automatically when opening the top clamp and is activated upon closing, making this a true one-step cleaver. The cleaver blade and fiber clamping mechanism are extremely easy to replace in the field. A manual scrap collector is included.

Let’s check it out from our YouTube Channel.


  • Dedicated for single fiber cleaving
  • Ruggedized design withstands extreme shock levels
  • Tool-free blade rotation
  • Simple one-step operation
  • Blade life of 48,000 cleaves
  • Blade and clamp/anvil assembly are field serviceable

This is a great cleaver for the value. We have these available by themselves or as a fiber optic termination tool kit. For more information and to order online visit

PoE Rated Category 5e Cable by Superior Essex

Superior Essex PowerWise® 10G 4PPoE cables provide the best performance and overall value for 4 Pair Power over Ethernet (4PPoE) applications requiring up to 100W of power and up to 10 Gigabit Ethernet performance. PowerWise 10G 4PPoE cables are specifically designed to mitigate temperature build up, offer exceptional energy efficiency and ensure performance (up to 10 Gigabit Ethernet) over the lifetime of your system.

PowerWise 10G 4PPoE cable provides the performance benefits of a typical CAT6A cable without a continuous shield to offer 7 dB margin over Alien Crosstalk (AXT) performance requirements in ANSI/TIA-568-C.2. Its uniquely designed Isolation Wrap contains discontinuous sections of metalized material, held in place by a polymeric layer. Cable temperature increases are reduced and power efficiency is increased as a result of 22 gauge conductors. Plenum rated conductors are also 100% FEP insulated and ensure cable performance over the life of your system. PowerWise 10G 4PPoE cables are the best solution to connect and power your 4PPoE applications compared to standard CAT 6A designs.

Let’s check the PowerWise cable from our YouTube Channel.

Let’s go over the features.

  • Guaranteed 0.3 dB headroom for IL, ACR, and PSACR
  • Tested 350 MHz
  • Tested in most severe temperature conditions in a bundle of 100 cables
  • Tough, weather-resistant PVC jacket
  • Combined indoor/outdoor rating
  • Moisture-resistant package
  • CableID® alphanumeric code printed every 2 feet
  • QuickCount® marking system in feet and meters
  • ColorTip® Circuit Identification System
  • BrakeBox® payout control system

Powerwise cable is also designed to increase the cable life by providing low-temperature handling and UV resistance that resists cracking over time. Allows both ends of a cable run to be easily identifiable without the need to separately label or tone the cable. Provides remaining length of the cable and the adjustable tension control on reel prevents over spin and entangling of cable. So if you’re looking for a real 4 pair PoE cable that will properly support your application order the Powerwise online at

Quabbin DataMax Extreme “FR-TPE JACKET” has superior properties

Quabbin FRTPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer) jacketed cables are ideally suited for many hazardous Industrial Ethernet applications. TPE is an advanced jacketing compound in the thermoplastic elastomer family. The material provides good chemical resistance while maintaining physical properties and delivers better electrical performance than polyurethane.

Because the material has superior electricals, applying it as a pressured jacket on Quabbin’s DataMax Extreme cable enables the cable to meet the TIA/EIA-568-B.2 requirements for Category 5e bulk cable. Industrial Ethernet apparatus cords properly assembled using this cable comply with Category 5e and 6 patch cord requirements for 24 AWG and 22 AWG constructions respectively. The 22 AWG cords may be used for a 100-meter plug to plug channels.

Let’s check out Quabbin part number 5089 from our YouTube Channel.

Quabbin’s FR-TPE compound has excellent mechanical characteristics. Such as…

  • Excellent moisture resistance
  • Good ozone resistance
  • Excellent UV and weathering resistance
  • Good flame and fire resistance
  • Excellent flexibility and low-temperature brittle point

As you can tell this cable is excellent but if you’re asking yourself “What type of RJ-45 Connectors and Category Jacks I should use” check out our previous blog post that will compliment this cable with the proper connectors.

So, if you have a harsh environment and need a cable that is durable and will stand the test of time the Quabbin Datamax Extreme Cables will put your mind at ease. Order online at

How To Terminate Cat6A Shielded Keystone Jacks

In today’s article, I’ll explain How To Terminate Cat6A Shielded Keystone Jacks. This Cat6A shielded keystone jack manufactured by Dynacom may look intimidating but, there are only a few more steps involved, but overall anyone can terminate these jacks. So let’s take a look at some of the tools required.

You’ll need Wire Strippers, Pliers, Cable Cutter, Cat6A Shielded Keystone Jack by Dynacom and Cat6A Bulk Cable.

Tools needed for Cat6A Jack installation

Step 1: Strip about 2″ of the cables jacket

Cut Cat6A shielded cable and inspect foil

Step 2: Cut off the outer plastic

Remove plastic shield over foil of Cat6A Cable

Step 3: Pull back the foil and drain wire

Remove foil and drain wire from Cat6A cable

Step 4: Cut off the inner plastic

Pull back all shields and prepare wiring Cat6A

Step 5: Cut the foil, leaving about 1/4″ and wrap it around the cable. (Note: it will not completely wrap around the cable, this is normal). Then wrap the drain wire completely around the foil

Wrap shield and wrap drain wire around Cat6A cable

Step 6: Pull back all 4 pairs of wires and cut off the center spline

Cut Cat6A separator from canter of Cable

Step 7: Run the wires up through the cap and lay the wires in the appropriate slots according to the 568 wiring pinout

Lace conductors into the cap of the Cat6a shielded jack

Step 8: Trim the wires flush with the cap

cut conductors from cap of Cat6a shielded jack

Step 9: Insert the cap into the Cat6A keystone jack. Notice that the jack and the cap have arrows on them. Make sure they are both pointing the same direction.

Insert wired cap into Cat6A shielded jack

Step 10: Close the jaw all the way until it clicks

Close jaw of the cat6a shielded jack

Step 10a: If you are having trouble closing the jaw, open it back up and push down on both sides of the cap. This will seat the wires. I just used my electrician snips.

double check cap in securely in place

Step 11: Push the shielding lug up against the cable

Jaw closed completely around Cat6a shielded jack

Step 11a: I got a much tighter seal by using pliers

use pliers to make sure jaw is completely shut

Step 12: Install the included zip-tie to make sure nothing comes loose and you’re done. This is a completed Cat6A shielded keystone jack.

Use zip tie to finish Cat6A shielded jack installation

In the event that your Cat6A keystone jack isn’t working properly, you will need to cut off the zip-tie, pull back the shielding lug and insert a small flat head screwdriver into the slot, twist and it will pop open. We hope this article covered everything you need to know about terminating Cat6A keystone jacks. To order Tools, Jacks and Cable visit

Related Post: Signamax Cat6A Scsashielded Jack Blog Post

Caddy Drop Rod with Shot Fire Bracket

It’s just a fact, you’re going to need to run your communications cable where there’s no easy way to do it. Discount Low Voltage has a solution that may save the day for you. Let’s check out the  Drop Rod with Shot Fire Bracket by Caddy.

CADDY Drop Rod with Shot Fire Features:

  • Quickly and easily attaches to concrete, steel or composite metal decking
  • Integrated pin installs easily using powder-actuated or single-shot gas-actuated tools
  • Works with most standard CADDY spring steel fasteners designed for rod attachments
  • Rod is rigid and does not require secondary attachment to ceiling grid per NEC 300.11
  • Includes pre-assembled end-cap
  • Specialized packaging simplifies material handling and minimizes sorting
  • Rods are ready to install out of the box

Let’s get a better look at CADDY part number DR4SF36 from our YouTube channel.

Seems like the CADDY Drop Rod with Shot Fire is a great solution in certain areas of your data cabling project. The one thing that really caught my eye though is that National Electric Code called out. So I decided to grab my NEC book and see what code 300.11 was all about.

National Electric Code Book

National Electric Code Book


Section 300.11 had a lot to it but, the part that stood out was in section B and it covers wiring systems installed above suspended ceilings. It states that support wires that do not provide secure support shall not be permitted as the sole support. Support wires and associated fittings that provide secure support and that are installed in addition to the ceiling grid support wires shall be permitted as the sole support. Where independent support wires are used, they shall be secured at both ends. Cables and raceways shall not be supported by ceiling grids.

Sounds like the CADDY Drop Rod with Shot Fire is also a bit of a labor saver due to the fact that you don’t need a secondary attachment to the ceiling grid. We have these available in a few different options. For pricing and availability visit

What’s your favorite Drywall Ring?

We’ve sold many drywall rings over the years like the MP1P and MPLS and as you know Caddy has a few different styles. Let’s see what Rick’s favorite drywall ring is, he’s with the manufacturer.

I like the idea of the pointy marks on each corner, makes it easier to see and just cut with your drywall saw from point to point. The zip tie feeling of locking it in place seems easy enough and maybe it’s better than getting the screwdriver or drill out to tighten it.

The MP1P has been out for years now but, after all these years the Caddy MPLS drywall ring still sells much better. It’s been around forever and it’s what people have been used to. Even though I still get complaints of the screw on the MPLS. After installation on the inside of the drywall, the screw may cut into cables when being pulled through the hole.

Drywall cut and prepped for MP1P

MP1P pushed and installed into drywall MP1P Tabs pushed into wallErico Caddy MP1P installed

If you’ve never used the MP1P you should give them a try. They’re price a bit better and I think you’re going to like the way this installs on that drywall. To order online visit

Predictive Search! Now in the Search Box of Discount Low Voltage!

The new Predictive Search Feature uses a search algorithm to help you find what you need more quickly! This is a great feature that will allow you to search by using the name of the product, category, brand, or even by the SKU. Let’s check out some examples from our YouTube channel.

The Predictive Search Feature may seem like a minor thing, but you’ll find that it saves you a considerable amount of time since you don’t need to type your entire search or not sure what you’re looking for every-time you search for an item. Think about the time saved when your working on those late night estimates.

We strive to not only make sure we have what you’re looking for in stock, offer a quality product at a competitive price but we always look for ways to make sure you have an excellent overall experience. Thank you for the opportunity and your business. Discount Low

Save Space with SLIM Category 6 Patch Cables

Slim Cat6 ethernet patch cables from offer greater bandwidth than Cat5e for superior performance. These slim jacket Cat6 patch cables are designed for environments where space is a premium. The slim cable design assures easy access and removal in high-density applications. In addition, the easy press boot is designed to be flush to the RJ45 plug, allowing side by side stackability in even the tightest areas. Especially those Super High-Density Patch Panels.

Slim Cat6 patch cables are approx. 0.15″ thick, compared to 0.24″ thick for a standard Cat6 patch cable and have a 28AWG CM rated jacket. In addition to being thinner than traditional Cat6 patch cables, these ultra-thin cables are also more flexible and weigh less. Slim Cat6 patch cables are backward compatible and can be used in place of Cat5e patch cables. Available in 12 different lengths, and 9 different colors, you are sure to find a slim Cat6 patch cable from to meet your needs.

Pulling Fiber Optic Cable – Tips and How To Advice

Pulling fiber optic cable takes a lot of preparation. Without the right tools and knowledge, you can have a big mess on your hands. We’ll go over some of the common steps to get you ready to make the pull.

1) Measure twice cut once:

First and foremost, get the correct measurement. An easy way to do this would be to fish some pull string through your conduit. Make sure to follow the exact path the fiber will take, end to end. Once your string is all the way through, attach a heavier rope to the end, pull it all the way back and measure your string. Leave the rope in place, you will be using this to pull your fiber through later. (Tip: Always add at least 15ft to the final number. It may cost a little more but can save you a lot of time and headache if you come up a few feet short. It is also a lot easier to work with the cable if you have some slack, vs a cable that barely reaches).

2) Plan your Run:

Buildings – Although it is not necessary to run the fiber through innerduct, many people prefer this to keep it clean and professional looking. If you prefer not to use innerduct, try to keep your pulls as straight as possible. Pulling diagonal is OK, but it will make for a neater appearance if your fiber is running parallel. Get it done right the first time. If someone is unhappy with the appearance, it will take much longer to correct, or re-pull the fiber. (Tip: Never pull around corners, even if you have a helper. You should always pull out the excess fiber to the corner, laying it down in a figure 8 pattern as your doing it. Then flip the whole bundle over and continue to pull on the other side).



Conduits – It is important to plan ahead, especially if your planning on pulling the fiber through an underground conduit. Just like measuring the fiber, it’s very important to get this done right the first time. A general rule of thumb is to use a 1.5″ to 2″ conduit for the fiber pull. If you’re running long distances or using a thick armored fiber, you may want to increase the size to 4″. It may also be a good idea to plan ahead and install a second conduit if you plan on future expansion. (Tip: Minimize the number of bends in your run. The fewer bends there are, the easier the pull will go. If you can’t get around it, install junction boxes. Also, make sure to protect the fiber by putting plastic bushings on the end of the conduit).

3) Which Jacket is Right?

Outdoor – Outdoor fiber is used for all outdoor applications (except direct burial). It is flooded with a water resistant gel, which means it can be run in buried conduit. But that also means there is a 50ft limit to being run indoors due to Fire and Safety codes. For direct burial applications, we suggest you use an armored fiber. If you need to suspend the fiber for arial applications, you can buy the fiber with a messenger attached, or buy it separately and and attach it yourself.

Indoor – For indoor applications, you need to use a Plenum rated fiber. Plenum fiber complies with all Fire and Safety codes.

Indoor/Outdoor – For applications you need to run the fiber indoors and outdoors, you should use an indoor/outdoor rated fiber. This fiber can be run in underground conduit, and doesn’t have the 50ft limitation for indoor use. A great all around fiber.

4) Pulling the Fiber:

Communication is Key – Pulling fiber almost always requires at least 2 people, so communication is very important. Most fiber runs are a few hundred feet or more, so yelling back and forth isn’t an option. What to do? Walkie Talkies can be a great way to keep in touch with the guy at the other end of the cable. Get some with wrist straps or a belt clip so you don’t have to constantly pick it up off the ground.

Lube it Up – Make sure you properly lube the fiber during the entire run. You will want to start off with a generous coat on the pulling eye and mesh. It would be a good idea to stop from time to time and apply more lube to the fiber as you pull. Always use a lubricant that is designed for cable pulling, not just anything off the shelf. If you use the wrong type of lube, it may damage the jacket of your fiber, or other cables around it. It can also clog up the conduit once it dries. Cable pulling lube is designed to resist freezing and clogging.

Use the Right Rope – We recommend using a 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick pull rope, not pull string. You want to minimize the amount of stretching during your pull and string isn’t very good at doing that. Stretching can make pulling your fiber very unstable.

Pulling Eye Removal – Never use a knife or blade to remove the pulling eye. This can damage the jacket of the fiber, or worse, the fiber itself. Always use a pair of electrician scissors.

Stay up to Code – Honesty is the best policy. The NEC requires that cables used in premises, both commercial and residential, be “listed for the purpose” by a Nationally Recognized Test Laboratory (NRTL, pronounced “nurtle”). Always obey all fire and building codes. Never try to cheat the system just to save a buck, especially when peoples lives are at risk. If plenum rated fiber is required, use plenum rated fiber. It’s the right thing to do.

5) Pre-Terminated Fiber Optic Cable

The greatest thing to happen since sliced bread. Pre-terminated fiber optic cable assemblies save you time and headache. No need for expensive tools. No need for testing. Our pre-terminated fiber comes to you on a wooden spool, with the connectors already assembled on the fiber. We have the connectors staggered by 1/2″ to make it easier to pull through conduit or innerduct. The pulling eye is very strong and won’t break on you. Test results are included. It doesn’t get any easier than this.

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