Questions tagged [cable-management]

Cable Management refers to installation and organization techniques for electrical wiring, as well as to products designed to facilitate those techniques.

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Best way to stick a very long Ethernet cable semi-permanently to walls?

TL;DR: I am looking for good ways to stick flat Ethernet cable semi-permanently to ceilings/walls ideally suited to someone with no DIY expertise whatsoever After successfully untwisting the very ...
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How do I untwist a very long, very twisted Ethernet cable? [closed]

A few years ago I bought what should be a 45m flat Ethernet cable. After a long period of disuse the cable has gotten very tangled but I need to use it again. I've unknotted the cable so it is now one ...
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Hanging Cables Along the Corners of Walls

My girlfriend wants to run ethernet cable along the corners of the walls of her apartment, but is rather particular in that it needs to be discreet. Cable covers are NOT an option here, as the ...
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What type of Cat 6 cable to run behind basement studs?

I have a finished basement and would like to install and consolidate my house's wired ethernet cables in a data panel in one of the cabinets. I need to run wires around to the other side of the ...
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Ethernet cable choice for home wiring?

... Apologies if this is the incorrect forum for hardware recommendations... I'm planning on wiring my Portland, OR (cold & damp, but non-freezing climate) house for Unshielded Cat 6 or Cat 6a ...
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Do power strip switches provide the same protection as circuit breakers?

Do power strip switches serve the same kind of protection a breaker do? How are they different? I'm designing a small switchboard for my desk / workbench, in order to have better cable management and ...
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Metal clad (MC) cable: cut or rearrange it? Plus other questions on the options to install it

I need 6 feet of metal clad (MC) cable. The stores only sell 25. Is it possible to buy only what I need? If not, may I just hang the extra wire, or I must cut it to the length I need? The only ...
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How to run a cable raceway by doorway with raised floor?

I need to run a coaxial cable (and one more cable like ethernet) by a doorway. The floor is raised approximately 0.65 inches. I found D-line raceways, and also the floor raceways that are wide (so ...
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Threading cable through existing pex-like tubing

My apartment (top floor) has runs of 3/4" (-ish) pex-like tubing (photo attached, Switzerland if it's relevant) running from a central point. One such tube carries an existing coaxial cable (landlord ...
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Running Romex Along Shed Ceiling

We have been working on running electric to our outdoor shed recently, and are wondering what is the preferred way of attaching the romex along the vaulted/pitched ceiling for the lights. The light ...
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How to fasten armored cable to joist in tight space [duplicate]

I have some armored cable (AC/MC) that needs to be fastened to the floor joist. Very limited access. I could probably reach in and swing a hammer a few inches, but no way to get a drill or ...
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Name of this blanking plug

I am trying to find this blanking plug, for a cable outside. It's flat and plastic I found this on eBay however it has a bit that sticks out for the cable however I don't need the bit that sticks ...
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SE Cable and maximum number of bends

I'm working on running some SE cable from a breaker box to a new 220V 14-50R receptacle. The old receptacle was not located within the area specified by our new electric range. I am using TYPE SE ...
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Can I run CAT6 FTP cables parallel to electrical cable in the same conduit?

Can I run CAT6 FTP cables beside to electrical cable (220v 1 amp) in same PVC Trunking ?
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Dealing with cables on the walls

Whats the best way to hide or rather manage cables? Like for instance, I had setup some surveillance cameras which are wired.
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How do I channel a cable behind a skirting board when fitting a back box?

I have a 1930s British house with skirting boards, I want to run Ethernet from some points around the house, I have got the cable under the floorboards, but I now need to cut out some back boxes, I ...
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Adhesive for cableways on internal brick

I have a television mounted (professionally) on an interior masonry brick wall, above my fireplace. I also have cableways (cord-concealers) running on the surface of the brick wall, approximately ...
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How do you disconnect a tv satellite from the roof?

We recently had the roof replaced. The roofers discarded the old satellite dish portion left from the previous owners but the cable to the dish was left dangling from the roof with some kind of heavy ...
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Valid number of Cat 6 + Coax cables for pipe conduit?

Here's some old wiring done in my absence as my parents could only monitor so much. Hate the use of Skinnier version on Flexi Pipe that won't allow any movement or pull once initial install is done. ...
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Are there square/ rectangle/ U openable/ open panel conduits that have one side panel that can be opened & closed?

Are there square/ rectangle/ U openable/ open panel conduits that have one side panel that can be opened & closed? Will be doing a up / down cable/ pull for current/ future optic Fiber etc. so ...
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Run 6 AWG NM-B cable through 1 1/2 PVC pipe indoors

I am running a 6/2 NM-B Romex for approx. 45 feet from my service panel to my garage for a wall charger for an EV. No unfinished space in basement and and garage wall is on concrete slab of garage, so ...
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Cable Management [closed]

I have a **** tonne of wires behind my monitor. As my room is too damn small, I am using chest of drawers as a table for my desktop PC. The "table" has no holes at the back to feed any cables through, ...
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Coax directly to box vs. through face plate?

I am running new coax to reroute it so it doesn't run across my family room. I am curious what is the purpose of using a coax jack face plate instead of using a face plate with a flexible opening to ...
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Creating a Pipe for Ethernet and Video Cables [closed]

I've got my computer desk about 10' from a closet where I want to put my computer along with network drives, etc. I'd like to run 3 HDMI cables, an audio and 2 ethernet cables to the large closet. My ...
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Does cutting into a joist too close to the top ruin it?

A "carpenter" did this to a big double joist in my house (top floor), I was under the impression that one does not cut a hole this close to the edge of a joist, especially not one this big! Should I ...
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Can I use Multi-Cable Staples to run wire horizontally?

I am running 5 or 6 runs of wire in my attic and thought I would use the Multi-Cable Staples to give myself more room. Here's a picture of what it looks like: They definitely seem strong enough to ...
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how to protect outdoor cables

I've installed some outdoor security cameras and ran the Cat5e cables along the outside of the walls. Now I want to protect the parts where the cables are exposed to the sun. What are my options? I ...
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Drill From 1st Floor To Second Floor

I am wiring my home with Cat6 and I have my 1st floor wired thanks to tips used from users on this forum! Well now, I need to go between floors! I have found a location that is a straight shot up, ...
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How can I locate a wall from a crawl space?

I am needing to add RG6 cabling to a bedroom that currently does not have an outlet. I have no problem connecting the RG6 to the splitter outside my home, feeding into my crawlspace and running the ...
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Do I need to staple cable when installing lighting fixtures?

I understand that when doing new installations (not fishing wire) you need to secure the cable with staples or another approved method, but do I have to secure the cable within 12" of light fixtures ...
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Trimming wood floor boards for running wires under base molding

Renovating my apartment; started with walls, removed all base molding to run RG6/Cat5e throughout rooms under new base molding. Here's a photo looking straight down from the wall (with molding ...
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Is there such a thing as a backless junction box/conduit fitting?

I have a battery enclosure for a small off-grid solar installation, and I want to run the battery cables out of the enclosure to the DC breakers and inverter. I'm looking for a backless junction box ...
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Garden light connected to main lounge light stopped working

I have recently moved into a new property and all light fittings came with no shaders/were pretty basic. I have then proceeded to (safely) remove the light fitting of the living room, replaced it with ...
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Where would my cable modem go based on this structured media enclosure's components?

I was at a model home the other day and checked out its structured media enclosure. Inside, it had a "Standard 4 x 10 Voice Distribution Module" and what appeared to be a "1 x 6 3GHz Video Splitter ...
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Better way to fit wires in electrical boxes?

So in pretty much every video I watch with installing a ceiling light or fan they just sort of 'stuff' all the wired pigtails up in the box. Is there a better way to do this? maybe it's my distrust ...
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Elegant method of punching a hole through a wall to run cables?

What is a clean method of running cables from one side of a wall to the other side, in a typical residential house? On one side of the wall will be a computer tower, and on the other side will the the ...
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Options for external “boxes” (like tivo) with wall mounted tv

I see there are plenty of questions regarding how to mount a tv in the wall, and what to do with the cables as far as running them behind the wall - but my question is a little different I think. ...
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What are these blue and yellow cables coming out of my house for?

I recently purchased a house built in 2007. All houses in the area have those cables on the side of the house. The white cable on the picture is for cable/tv. But what about the blue/yellow cables? ...
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Is there a way to cover a hole for cables that does not require a wall box?

Is there a way to cover a hole for cables that does not require a wall box? I expressly had a cable conduit installed in our TV nicho, but in the end, my equipment is up higher on the wall (above ...
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How can I avoid hitting wood when cutting through drywall?

I was working on concealing some TV wires, and when I cut through the drywall I noticed this wood behind. I did not have this problem in the bedroom.
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How to protect outside cable wire from myself?

I have a lovely standard black cable wire that wraps almost around my entire house, through, over and under dirt, mulch, rocks, bushes, daffodils...you name it this darn wire hits it all. An ...
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How to store small computer equipment in a home context?

I have a small network at home and with time more and more small equipment was added (such as the Internet box, a RPi, powered hub, external USB drive, etc.). Right now all of this is pretty much ...
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What is this velcro-like product?

Does anyone have an idea what this product might be? It was found it on some hired equipment, used as a cable tie / cable tidy. It is reversible and each side will stick to itself, unlike velcro. ...
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wonder why my cable have this split on? [closed]

a few day ago i notice that my computer got hack! so i have to reboot my computer and reinstall everything. then i when down stair and check on the cable and notic that there was a split. main cable ...
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Use baseboard to conceal wires?

I am not a carpenter (programmer actually), therefore I need to know if it is possible to conceal wires in a baseboard. Basically I want a combination of this And this But I don't want my entire ...
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Multiple Loose-Hanging Wires in Finished Wall

I am re-doing the wiring in my home and I have encountered a situation where I need to run 4 sets of 12-2 NM-B (Romex) wire from my attic down to the same fixture. Per 334.30, I am allowed to leave ...
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How can I run Cat5e cable through a completely finished house?

My family and I are interested in buying a house that was built in 2002. This house is two floors on a concrete slab with a finished bonus room upstairs so there is no attic other than above the ...
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What fire hazard considerations are there when creating a cable hole between rooms?

Can't believe this hasn't been asked before, but I can't seem to find anything so... I've currently got a very light, very thin 32" TV mounted on the bedroom wall. It's perfect - except for the fact ...
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How do I protect a coax cable junction from outside weather?

I'm planning to re-arrange some coax cable lines in my house which will effectively require me to connect them to a 4-way splitter. The wifey would prefer these connections to take place in a ...
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What is the best option for hiding wires to wall mounted TV?

This is similar to this question, but in my case I'm not looking for the easiest solution but the most professional solution. I am torn between modular wall plates, and the type that just have a hole ...