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

The problem with almost any adhesive is that the longer it stays on, the more likely it is to either fall off when you don't want it to fall off, or stay on when you don't want it to (typically this ...
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Best way to stick a very long Ethernet cable semi-permanently to walls?

Another option no one has mentioned is to use cable raceway The raceway itself will come with adhesive, or sometimes be nailed into the wall. It's more expensive, but the end result will look much ...
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How can I locate a wall from a crawl space?

Cut an opening in the wall for a low voltage box/bracket,and install the bracket. Position a flexible drill bit into the hole, so that you'll drill straight through the bottom plate of the wall and ...
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Best way to stick a very long Ethernet cable semi-permanently to walls?

Two options that come to mind: manassehkatz's answer to use cable clips is a great one if you'd like a lasting solution to using a long ethernet cable. I'd like to offer an alternative to having a ...
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Best way to stick a very long Ethernet cable semi-permanently to walls?

Hmm, when I see your first try then maybe my improvisation-style is sufficient for your needs. If appearence is not critical and money-is-out, instead of using tapes I use my stapler and cut ...
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Can I run CAT6 FTP cables parallel to electrical cable in the same conduit?

Absolutely not. Low voltage (LV) and mains cannot share a conduit. Further, you cannot attach anything else to the outside of the electrical conduit. So forget about ty-wrapping the LV cable to the ...
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Best way to stick a very long Ethernet cable semi-permanently to walls?

Check your baseboard (what they call it in the US) or skirting board (what they call it in the UK). Typically this doesn't fit completely against the floorboards, so there's a gap between that and ...
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Adding wifi router next to structured media enclosure

If the builder put that structured media enclosure in place, then they obviously provided at least a few runs of inside wire (Cat 5/6/etc). Might as well put it to use. Because those wiring ...
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Attach USB docking station to wooden panel

I've had good luck with "Double Sided Tape with Hook and Loop". It's nice because you can re-adjust the positioning without removing the adhered pieces. Be sure to clean the surfaces and dry ...
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How can I locate a wall from a crawl space?

Measure carefully. There are usually plenty of reference points... duct vents plumbing, etc. Once you've done that, either drill a very small hole to feel for the wall's bottom plate, or run a long ...
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SE Cable and maximum number of bends

The NEC does not restrict the number of bends on SE cable. Raceway methods restrict bends to limit stress on wire being pulled through the raceway.
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Can I run CAT6 FTP cables parallel to electrical cable in the same conduit?

You can run cables parallel outside conduit. Ideally a few inches apart but in practice right next to each other is usually OK. But you can't run them together inside conduit. Plus, inside conduit ...
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How much taping is required to reidentify a wire in a box?

In the context of the question (mains wiring, greater than 50 volts, etc) NEC stipulates that white-marked conductors be used only as a grounded conductor (ie neutral). Referring to the 2017 edition, ...
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Best way to stick a very long Ethernet cable semi-permanently to walls?

There are plenty of self-adhesive cable clips to be had. I'd go with a low-profile option for the neatest appearance. Be aware that many such items have strong adhesives that will leave residue on ...
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Do I need to staple cable when installing lighting fixtures?

NEC 334.30(B)(1) allows Nonmetallic-sheathed cable to be unsupported when fished though finished buildings or structures and supporting is impracticable. Answer provided by @Tester101 here as comment....
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How can I locate a wall from a crawl space?

I came up w/ a 'cool trick' (I think so, at least). Get some of those strong, rectangular magnets.. Upstairs, on the edge of the wall, where you want the receptacle to be above, put the magnet on ...
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Can I run CAT6 FTP cables parallel to electrical cable in the same conduit?

Not in the same conduit as 120 or 220 - 240VAC, no. Parallel to is no big deal, people who fuss over things that will generally have no effect do like to keep a foot/30cm between them, ideally, but ...
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How do I untwist a very long, very twisted Ethernet cable?

Well, the good news is it does not appear that you've passed into "throw it away" levels of twisted yet. I've had users do things to innocent cables that I can't quite believe. I find out ...
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Abandoning conductors inside sub panel

The shared-neutral thing is called an MWBC. Multi-Wire Branch Circuit. MWBCs work fine with 2-pole breakers ... in fact they are semi-required! With MWBCs you MUST tie the handles of the two ...
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How to turn on another lamp across room with lightswitch that only controls a one outlet?

I believe this device will do what your asking. When you turn on your outlet operated by a switch it will automatically turn on light on the non-switched outlet. You can link multiple devices. https://...
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Is there such a thing as a backless junction box/conduit fitting?

Try using an 11b extension ring or a 1900 extension ring. Actually made to deepen a junction box, but should work for this application.
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Can I use Multi-Cable Staples to run wire horizontally?

The National Electrical Code actually never mentions how to support cable. It just gives the spacing for the supports. The supports should be identified for the use. The code section for support is ...
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How can I locate a wall from a crawl space?

Here are some suggestions. I've used all of these except the last one which I think would work pretty well. Locate a power socket as my reference point. You'll know it's there because you'll see ...
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SE Cable and maximum number of bends

They don't care about cable bends. So you're fine. The limit on bends applies to conduit. The conduit must be built out before the wires are pulled through it. Experience is that if you try to ...
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Best way to stick a very long Ethernet cable semi-permanently to walls?

NOT DUCT TAPE. Gaffer tape is not duct tape. "Gaffer tape" is NOT a regional word for duct tape. It's Not Duct Tape At All. Sadly, the secret is out, and the junkstream is awash with fake ...
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Best way to stick a very long Ethernet cable semi-permanently to walls?

Flat cable is going to have EMI issues (i.e. you'll see reduced bandwidth). Step back and consider, why is running a cable your best option? You may be better served by a wireless option. Adding ...
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Wire my house for Internet

A few different pieces here. No one "right" answer, but I'll make some recommendations: If practical (with new construction it is practical, with renovation it depends on the level of ...
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How to turn on another lamp across room with lightswitch that only controls a one outlet?

Other answer was exactly what you need but for the same cost you can get lutron caseta setup which is much better. Replace wall switch with Lutron caseta dimmer, this will control wired switch outlet....
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Are there square/ rectangle/ U openable/ open panel conduits that have one side panel that can be opened & closed?

Surface mount gutter if you want the wireway where the red box is would work. Wire mold also makes some listed wireways that look much nicer than standard gutter. Added per op comment, if there are ...
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Trimming wood floor boards for running wires under base molding

The tool that is made perfect for this is the type of unit pictured below: (this picture courtesy of MyToolShed web site) These oscillating multi-tools can accommodate a variety of blades that ...
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