What sized surface raceway is needed

Posted on 2011-10-20
Last Modified: 2013-11-09
What sized surface raceway should I use for 50 ethernet cables?  
Question by:stcatechies
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    Any size... they are typically 8-10 inches wide, sometimes more some times less. Weight should not be an issue no matter what size you get.
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    You need to know the diameter of the cable to figure 40% conductor fill for 50 cables.

    I'm assuming your raceway will be longer than 24 inches, because shorter than that is considered a "stub" which can be filled to 60%.

    Unless you're sure there will never be more than 50 cables, I would allow for at least 10% future expansion and size it for 30%-35% fill.

    If you're going around corners, you might want to figure even less fill so you can maintain the recommended minimum radius of the cable bend (typically 4 or 5 times the diameter of the cable).

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    Thank you both

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