Cat6 Cable Pulling Technique
It seems that you never have quite enough jacks for all of the electrical cords and nylon wires that you need to be plugged in to make your network function. Everyone knows that untangling and unplugging wires is a task that sounds easy but always proves much more complicated than you would think. Most people hide their unsightly mess of cables by cramming them into small spaces or behind objects. This is great while everything is working fine, however, once you need to get behind the walls to fix something you often find everything tangled and confused, leading in every direction and making it impossible to determine which chord goes where. Listed below are some tips for helping you pull Cat6 or Category 6 cords out of holes or pipes without tangling or damaging them. Some items you may need include cable lube and fish tape.
Tips to Pull Cat6 Cable Wires
The most important thing to remember when cable pulling is not to kink your Cat6 chords. When packaged they are looped smoothly around themselves. This makes them efficient to transport but once unwrapped the loops create bending. This creates knots and kinks when the wires are compressed through pipes or other small holes. Work with a partner and go slowly in order to carefully ease your kinks out without damaging them or creating pulling tension.
Also, you should try to pull as many wires and conduits as possible at once. When you have a case that comes with over 1000 feet of nylon wire there is simply not enough time to yank each one out individually. Select small groups that you can tell are all going into the same box or socket. Pull in groups ranging from 2 to 8 at a time for the best results. This should make your cable pulling go more smoothly. Use cable lube and fish tape if possible.
Another key step is to take the time to label your wires before you start yanking them out. This will save you an incredible amount of frustration later. Imagine going into the task full of energy and just jumping in and pulling wires out left and right. Once you are done you are quite happy with yourself. This feeling of accomplishment lasts just long enough for you to look down at the wires you pulled and realize that they all look exactly the same and you cannot tell the difference between an electrical conduit and a network or data transmission wire. This means when plugging the ones you need back in you have no idea which wire goes into which jack, resulting in data transmission errors and potential pulling tension, as wires of different sizes tangle together. He has only one he will. What’s worse is if you are a doing all of this in order to remove a damaged or nonfunctioning wire and then find that you have lost your dud conduit in the giant pile of functioning wire.
This information should help when you start pulling your Category 6 cable.