[Q] If pulling tension is exceeded on CAT 5E or CAT 6 Cable, how will it be damaged?
[A] CAT 5E and CAT 6 Cable is comprised of copper conductor, either solid or stranded. Like all metals, there is a certain amount of tension that can be applied before the cable stretches or breaks altogether.
If the cable is stretched, the result can be a reduction in the diameter of the wire in the section where the damage occurs. When this happens, it is possible that the transmission capabilities of the wire will be reduced and it will not carry signal in the same manner as it once did.
You should observe caution when pulling cable from a reel or box, and also when running the cable across support structures and framework for drop ceilings.
Another common and often overlooked hazard to the cable has to do with unsupported bundles that have excessive weight. These bundles if not installed correctly can cause damage from excessive stretching and produce the same issues listed above.
Make sure that cable guides are used when running cables through ceilings and walls, and be cautious about knots forming inside reel-in-box material that can cause sudden stops in payout and produce unwanted tension on the cable..
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