Wiring Nightmares!

If you follow our Facebook page you’re probably familiar with our “Monday Wiring” feature that we do every, Monday. We select a picture to display either an awesome wiring job or a nightmare job, here’s a video example of the nightmare ones.

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Heavy Duty Non-Metallic Enclosures at Your Service

Arlington Industries offer these cool UV resistant enclosures, a great choice for protecting networking equipment, power backups and more in a debris-free environment.

Let’s get a better look from our YouTube channel.

It’s an awesome enclosure for the price, you should probably stock a couple.

 

 

Save time and labor with Telescoping Strut Replacement

We just got our hands on a new part by CADDY called a Telescoping Strut Replacement, it’s an innovative alternative to using strut-based trapeze or support structures to support cable tray baskets, cable conduit or pipe. Eliminate the need for for handling long lengths of strut and cutting sections of strut to size.

cutting-unistrut

This new bracket telescopes to the desired length, attaches to threaded rod with a captive threaded nut on each end, and is locked into place by tightening a screw on a pre-installed steel band.

Telescoping

Let’s check out some of the features of this new product.

  • Ready to use out of the box and eliminates the need for cutting sections of strut
  • Captive threading nuts enable fastening to threaded rod supports without loose parts
  • Clearance holes help quickly create multi-level trapeze
  • Supports up to four 2″ conduits or four 2″ water filled pipes at 10′ spacing
  • Works with KBT wire basket tray clip for securing wire basket cable tray
  • Works with SCH Single-Piece strut clamps

Let’s now get a better look at this item from our YouTube Channel (Don’t forget to subscribe to the channel for weekly videos)

Now that you’re going to have some extra time on your hands you need to grab some kind of tool, maybe a hammer and just walk around with it. You don’t want the boss thinking your doing nothing so make it look like your doing something.

LAN Station products overview

LAN stations have been around forever, but I don’t remember feeling a boom in demand for them until the late 90’s during the dot com bubble.

control room

LAN Station furniture has recently been more popular with video editing companies for their control room needs so depending on what your needs are you’ll find many different types of possible set-ups that may suit you best. Let’s check out a couple.

If your setup is not complex you might want to consider a 24 inch station. The lower shelf is 14 inches deep and is great for shallow components and allowing you room to stretch your legs. The two 16 inch shelf’s above can be adjusted in different increments. Includes a built-in cable management channel keeping your communication and power cables organized. With it’s 1000 pound weight rating this will be a station that will last, a lifetime! There is a lifetime warranty, so you’ll have something to pound on for a while. You may also want to consider some accessories that’ll make life easier. I’d start with casters, keyboard tray, LCD mount and maybe a utility drawer.

24 inch work bench

Maybe you need to make the most out of the space you have at your location and you have multiple monitors you work with. You might want to consider a corner station, shove it in the corner of your location and you should have enough room for about 3 monitors.

LAN-corner-station

Or, your in charge of a team of people and need to provide an organized solution for multiple work stations. You might want to consider a 96 inch station, this larger station also provides larger lower and top shelf’s and is completely modular.

96-inch-lan-station

I just wanted to highlight a couple of options for you and hopefully you can find something that will fit your need best. For me, I especially like the cable management, it drives me crazy when all those cables get messy and I have to have casters to easily get behind my equipment. Example.

wiring-lan-station-mess

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Does armored fiber optic cable need to be grounded? Yes!

How to bond and ground

Understanding how to bond and ground a fiber-optic system with armored cable can be confusing. First, it is important to understand the difference between the terms bonding and grounding. According to the NEC and industry standards, bonding is the permanent connection of metallic parts to form an electrical path that will be conductive and continuous. Grounding is the act of connecting that path to the earth or some conducting body that serves as the earth. When all the components of a system are properly bonded together and grounded to the earth, the risk associated with electrical current harming personnel or damaging property and equipment is reduced.

The first step is to connect/bond the cable armor to a bonding or grounding electrode conductor. This can be accomplished right after the cable is accessed, and the armor is exposed. A bonding conductor or jumper is a short length of conductor, such as copper wire, that maintains electrical conductivity between two metal objects. The bonding conductor is required to be UL-listed and made of either copper or another corrosion-resistant conductive metal. This stranded or solid wire can be insulated, covered or bare. Most cable manufacturers supply an insulated, UL-listed 6-AWG copper strand. The 6-AWG size is preferred for the bonding conductor because that allows it to comply with both the NEC and ANSI-J-STD-607. The bonding conductor can be attached to the armor by the use of a listed clamp, lug or connector, as stated in NEC Article 250.70.

Once the clamp is installed, vinyl tape can be applied around the clamp and exposed armor to protect the installer and the fiber from any sharp edges where the armor is exposed.

grounding armored fiber

For the conductive fiber-optic cable to be fully grounded, the bonding conductor from the cable needs to be bonded to the intersystem bonding termination (if present), or another accessible location per NEC Article 770.100. The intersystem bonding termination is the device that connects the bonding conductors to the building’s grounding electrode and ultimately, to earth. Typically this is accomplished by connecting the bonding conductor to a dedicated path back to the telecommunications main grounding busbar (TMGB) or the telecommunications grounding busbar (TGB). The dedicated path can be a direct run or created by attaching to a rack or cabinet’s bonding system that bonds the rack or cabinet back to the TMGB or TGB. Specific requirements on how the TMGB or TGB are designed can be found in ANSI-J-STD-607 and other industry standards. When the armored cable is correctly bonded and grounded, it minimizes the risk of unwanted electrical current that could potentially harm personnel, property or equipment.

Props to Sara Chase with Corning Cable Systems.

Tight on space in that telecom closet?

Many pieces of network equipment are deep, most common size out there seems to be 18 inches. If your in a small closet you might not have the room to have a switch stick out that far, let’s check out a solution to your problem.

These are also available in other rack sizes such as 2u, 4u and 5u.