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Old 21st May 2008, 1:46 PM   #1
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Exclamation Becoming a Cabler & Tools of the Trade

Just a thread about my journey to become a Open cabler Please fell free to share your story

Please keep tool talk relevant to this thread no "general" tool talk there are already plenty of threads in the Lifestyle section.

I'm doing cert 2 in data comms @ tafe and just wondering once I'm fully licenced what tools and testing Equipment i should get ???


i currently have a very basic tool kit...

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basic cat cable tester from Jaycar, and the "pros kit" of termination tools

i'm getting a Cabac "green donkey" next week when mine gets in


i have some Coaxial tools aswell cable stripper and hex crimp tool

Krone Plam protector..

And here are some of the ideas i have so Far.


New Krone Impact tool

Set of insulated Screw drivers

Fluke Networks DTX-1800

Plaster board saw

Cordless drill + acc.

anythng els e should get ???

Edit: If you are a cabler please share your tool kit to help others/ Toolpeniage
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Old 21st May 2008, 2:22 PM   #2
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I dont know anything about it but it sounds expensive...

Is it for your own personal use or is it something that work is forking out for?
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Old 21st May 2008, 2:33 PM   #3
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Are you wanting to get a job as a cabler? If so I guess you're on the right track, particularly if you're getting the Fluke.

One of the more important tools you may want to add is the humble snake, it takes many forms though
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I dont know anything about it but it sounds expensive...

Is it for your own personal use or is it something that work is forking out for?
for use in my own business and working as a subbie for anyone else.

"One of the more important tools you may want to add is the humble snake, it takes many forms though " yeah I'm looking at the Ferrets both the 4 and 8meter versions, and acquiring some white tougne.

just got a price for the DTX-1800 its like $11K inc GST..lol hmm you would hate to loose one...
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Old 21st May 2008, 3:43 PM   #5
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1 x small pair side cutters (quality)
1 x large pair side cutters (quality)
Cable ties
velcro tape (double sided)
1 x small pliers
1 x large pliers
scissors
stud finder
multimeter
some sort of voltage checker (see if cables are live - ISDN will give you a little wake up)
tape measure
electrical tape
gaffer tape
a few pens
Perhaps one of those panduit terminating tools might be ok.

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just got a price for the DTX-1800 its like $11K inc GST..lol hmm you would hate to loose one...
They are well worth it to test and certify cables; it'll settle all kinds of arguments.

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Old 21st May 2008, 4:09 PM   #6
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yeha i know they are but must have miss heard a person at my work placement i thought he said $1300 not $11K but yeah still very worth as i like to work smart not hard and this tool lets me do that. plug the trusty notebook on site and yeah full speed ahead.

i'm guessing conduit cutters would be a good idea.. too.

hehehe got enough sparky tape atm.. still going through stuff i had in my tool box 3 years ago..
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Old 21st May 2008, 4:28 PM   #7
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labeller!!!
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Old 21st May 2008, 4:33 PM   #8
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1 x small pair side cutters (quality)
1 x large pair side cutters (quality)
Cable ties
velcro tape (double sided)
1 x small pliers
1 x large pliers
scissors
stud finder
multimeter
some sort of voltage checker (see if cables are live - ISDN will give you a little wake up)
tape measure
electrical tape
gaffer tape
a few pens
Perhaps one of those panduit terminating tools might be ok.
Quality cordless drill, and corded drill for masonry.
Quality drillbits, and the 1/8" ones get brokent frequently...
Butt. (less so for data comms, more for telecomms)
Cable finder thingy. (can't recall what these are actually called - you attach a lead or two to one end, then you can 'probe' a bundle of cables at the other end to find the one you need to terminate - lifesaver)

Do you really need an $11,000 cable analyser when you're just starting out?
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Old 21st May 2008, 4:34 PM   #9
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yes and no , i just down loaded the Clipsals C2000 range lable making software , and those plates/ covers look nicer then a brother P touch label could any day. and i can get A4 sheets of them for good price... you can also do thei patch pannels and other things with the same software...
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Quality cordless drill, and corded drill for masonry.
Quality drillbits, and the 1/8" ones get brokent frequently...
Butt. (less so for data comms, more for telecomms)
Cable finder thingy. (can't recall what these are actually called - you attach a lead or two to one end, then you can 'probe' a bundle of cables at the other end to find the one you need to terminate - lifesaver)

tone generators, i know what yur talking about... also if you label the ends makes that task easier

Do you really need an $11,000 cable analyser when you're just starting out?

yes.. if i'm going to do someting i don't go at it half hearted... tho i'll have my law suit payout to pay for this so its not like i have to find the money on top of working...

i'm expecting to fork out about 30K plus a ute.. so yeah
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Old 21st May 2008, 5:13 PM   #11
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Is there any tone generators for networking gear? I hate going up to a cabinet covered in spaghetti and trying to find a cable that has gone missing

Velcro is one of the best things I carry, clients love it when you make things look pretty when you are done I bought a small leatherman the other day, great little tool. Easier to carry that than pliers, box cutter, screwdrivers and it can open your beer when you are done for the day.
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Old 21st May 2008, 5:16 PM   #12
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Is there any tone generators for networking gear? I hate going up to a cabinet covered in spaghetti and trying to find a cable that has gone missing

Velcro is one of the best things I carry, clients love it when you make things look pretty when you are done I bought a small leatherman the other day, great little tool. Easier to carry that than pliers, box cutter, screwdrivers and it can open your beer when you are done for the day.
yeah they will work all they do is pump tone down that cable... usualy the blue /white pair then bingo you have found your missing cable
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These testers are awesome: http://www.flukenetworks.com/fnet/en...2/Overview.htm

Not cheap tho.
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Old 21st May 2008, 5:19 PM   #14
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the DTX-1800 does more then that unit , gives you the abilty to print out maps of the network and such and all the pass fail onthe cables.. also being able to verifie which cable is at fault.
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yeah they will work all they do is pump tone down that cable... usualy the blue /white pair then bingo you have found your missing cable
see if you can get one with an adjustable volume. when working in an office, you'll really feel uncomfortable with the noise those things make when you get close to the right cable

There's always something you'll forget, so a leatherman or similar is good - you can do almost anything with one of those.

scotch locks. lots of scotch locks.
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