Let’s do a burn test on Counterfeit Category Cable

It seems like since around the early 2000s we’ve heard stories of low end cable manufactures cutting corners such as copper clad aluminum and pushing it as a 100% copper conductor and I’ll also never forget the phone call I received from a contractor yelling at me about how hundreds of his Cat5e jacks are failing (He bought the jacks from me, these ones) and after further inspection the cable he installed (Not bought from me) was actually a 26awg not a 24awg as stated by that cable manufacture and it caused all kinds of contact issues.

Now I have something new to reference bad cables with, the Communications Cable and Connectivity Association did a video demonstrating a burn test on counterfeit cables. This videos does a great job not only demonstrating what happens but also referencing standards from TIA and fire codes from the NFPA, let’s check out this video.

It’s interesting how the counterfeit cables do act like a fuse and the spread of the fire and smoke was amazing. Remember smoke inhalation is the number one cause of death in fires. The video does talk about the UL holographic logo you should look for but that’s another thing I’ve already seen that’s also been counterfeited so you may want to look for that but also make sure you purchase your copper cable from a reputable manufacture and be-careful with the “House Brand” of cable.

Customer Testimonial on Pre-Terminated Fiber Optic Cable

Pre-terminated fiber optic cable assemblies cut installation time and cost drastically. Many people unfamiliar with fiber optic cable and termination believe it to be very complex, fragile and expensive. Pre-terminated fiber optic cable offers a fast, simple and reliable solution that also installs in half the time of traditional field terminated systems.

Traditional premise fiber optic cables, hardware, fusion splicing and connection in the field have remained more or less the same over time. Trying to hurry the installation process using these old methods carries a risk that quality and reliability can suffer. As a result, the final deployment can be more costly and slower, and can significantly affect the production environment. Generally speaking, it all becomes more complex and costly than is strictly necessary.

Brian Miller from Miller communications has made purchases for this cable from Discount-Low-Voltage.com and he was nice enough to give us a phone interview about his experience after his installation. Let’s see what he had to say from our YouTube channel.

Fiber cable preterminated is available in a single-mode, 50µm, or 62.5 µm, and loose tube outside plant or flame retardant indoor/outdoor cable carrying from six to 144 fibers and just about any other fiber you can think of. This solution will require slightly more time in the design phase spent in determining and measuring appropriate lengths, spacing and technical requirements. Long term expansion and growth can be easily planned during this time. Time spent early in the design phase results in reduced time spent in the field installation phase.

You can order this cable in any length, with any connectors and any fiber type your application calls out for. Order online or call us at 888-797-3697

Special thanks to Brian Miller from Miller communications. If your looking for phone system and communications work in the pacific northwest call him at (503) 397-3801.

Need help repairing that underground telephone cable?

If you’re reading this post because a Backhoe cut a cable your at the right place. What your going to want is a underground splice enclosure by Preformed Line Products. Let’s check out a How-To video from our YouTube channel.

As you can tell it’s an easy repair, keep in mind you might need a tone and probe to locate each conductor in case the conductors are hard to identify. The part number for the 6 pair enclosure is 8006137 and the 12 pair is 8006039 and they are inexpensive. Don’t forget you’ll need the UY connectors and you might need a 10 to 15 foot piece of cable in case you don’t have extra slack to make you repair.

Don’t forget to always call before you dig…next time.

https://youtu.be/70COyZytxqs

Multi-conductor Wire overview and what’s available

Just wanted to throw out a reminder that we have multi-conductor cables in a wide variety of gage sizes, shielding and jacket materials.

Applications for multi-conductor cables include computers, communications, sound, audio, instrumentation, data and some HVAC applications. These cables are designed to reduce hum, crosstalk and noise.

Let’s take a look a few different examples from our YouTube channel.

And sometimes you may need a direct burial cable.

As you noticed we stock the Tappan brand for the multiconductor cables. They’ve been around since 1978 and manufactured in New York so you know your installing a quality, American made, UL listed cable. Recently Southwire has purchased Tappan, you not only have the quality of a Tappan cable but the backing of a great company.

For more pricing and availability on Tappan multiconductor cable check us out. Thanks!

 

 

Comtran Cable now available at Discount-Low-Voltage.com

Do you have a project where an American made wire is your only solution? Comtran is a good fit for your project.

They also manufacture many audio, fire alarm, security and specialty electronic cables. I’m sure they’ll have a fit for you.

Behind the wall wire and cable pulling kit

Cabling behind the wall can be a chore, make sure you have the right tools for the job. A good place to start is with this cool kit offered by Greenlee.

Now that you have some tool to start the project, check out our YouTube channel for a video on how to drill and pull that string.

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