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Burying Cat 5e

grahambritten
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Posts: 105
Registered: 01-08-2007

Burying Cat 5e

I’m having a garage built at the bottom of my garden and before the service trench for the electricity, phone and alarm gets filled in I thought that putting a cat 5e cable in would be a good idea.

Anyone got any experience of burying cat 5e? Details of what cable type or specification should be used would be appreciated. Should I use ducting or just lay it in the trench?

I do have a wireless ADSL router but I think this is an opportunity not to be missed.

Thanks in advance...

Graham
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hi

dont know to much about the cable but definetly duct it [about 18" deep and into the premise [ie garage and house [if it stops outside it can allow water access into duct/cable [also if u have a duct and cable goes phoey [technical term ] then u just tie cable one end and pull through new one using same duct [i use ducting for all services except gas [has to be porous vented and yelllow ]and i do cable /water work so know the advantage of not having to redig something when it goes phooey [also do a little sketch if the distance is more than 5 meters with measurements form a fixed point [for future reference and a godsend if moving house and passing it on to the new occupiers so theyknow et all
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I have done it and used simple plastic pipe about the same size as a water pipe.
Just make sure its put in slightly up in the centre so water runs out and not down in the centre so water collects in it.
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You should ideally lay it in armoured trunking, but normal is ok
Also if you can leave a draw rope in it so you can add to in the future.
Be careful with moisture and water as it can cause problems with cat5
holdtight
Grafter
Posts: 1,634
Registered: 15-06-2007

Burying Cat 5e

Yes ive also done this before just using reinforced garden hose pipe to run the cable through and it worked a treat
It was as clean and dry as the day i laid it when it was dug up again some years after

As has been pointed out bear in mind water laying anywhere


Bill.
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Use cat6 instead!
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Buzzons


"Good point"!!!!
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Registered: 04-04-2007

Burying Cat 5e

Unless the cost is prohibitive for you, lay two cables. That way you have spare capacity / redundancy.

I would also recommend running the phone in Cat5/6 rather than cheap phone cable.
(I have done this when ever running phone extension cables.)

I am not sure what their pricing is like never having purchased Cat5 cable personally.
(Its always fell out the back of a contractors van when I have needed it. Cheesy )
But screwfix sell it.

(Unscreened)
Cat5e UTP 50m £11.40
Cat5e UTP 100m £20.69
Cat5e UTP 305m £39.94
(Foil screen)
Cat5e FTP 200m £53.99

Prices are from catalogue 82 and includes VAT.

Chilly
grahambritten
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Posts: 105
Registered: 01-08-2007

Burying Cat 5e

Many thanks for everyones contributions and advice.

Just waiting for the mini digger to finish the trench Cheesy

Graham
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you could of course do it the pro way and lay fiber, its really quite cheep Smiley