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Standard User joconnell
(experienced) Fri 22-Aug-14 09:21:11
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Using 4 year old cat5e cable


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Before moving into my current home I had most of the rooms fitted with cat5e infrastructure cabling and have plenty of cable left over from a 305m reel. There'll be building work in future (basically converting a kitchen/dining room into one large room) and I'll be installing a number of network points as part of that work, my question is, is it okay to use the left-over cabling or should I get a new reel of cat5e?
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Fri 22-Aug-14 09:23:46
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Re: Using 4 year old cat5e cable


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If it tests as still working then no real issues

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Standard User MHC
(sensei) Fri 22-Aug-14 09:32:50
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No problem unless you have opened the box completely and left it exposed to the sun which tends to break down the outer sheath.


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Standard User John99
(newbie) Fri 22-Aug-14 15:28:43
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Lasts years as long as not left exposed to the elements as has been said.
Standard User MHC
(sensei) Fri 22-Aug-14 23:42:49
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Right on cue ...

Today I received an email which included a section on cables damaged by internal lighting - the light radiated and not heat from the fitting. Have a look at this image of what is probably alarm or control cable, which uses a similar outer sheath to Cat5e.

http://edmundson-electrical.voltilink.co.uk/sites/ed...


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Standard User joconnell
(experienced) Mon 25-Aug-14 18:10:06
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Thanks to all for your helpful responses, the cable is stored on a roll in it's box in the garage (which is dry and never gets very cold) so it'll probably be okay then.

Thanks again.
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