Pulling Cable
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For the first time in over three years, I had to run new network cable today. It had to run through the dropped ceiling of the mechanical room of our building, which is about 12 feet off the ground. Many of the ceiling tiles are so old they've been caulked in place because they're falling apart. There were tons of pipes and stuff running through, and access to the ceiling area via ladder was extremely difficult. I came up with the idea of throwing a pull-string through first, with a chemical glowstick tied to it so it would be easy to find.

It was a brilliant idea, and saved us a bunch of trouble. We pulled two cables through. We are now ready for our 10mb fiber.

So if you ever need to run cable through a difficult area, get some glowsticks and string, it worked great for me!

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