Cable Labelling Best Practices

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Jul 22, 2012

Labelling cables can save a lot of money and headaches. While it is easy to overlook, taking time to label runs during installation significantly speeds up troubleshooting processes afterwards.

In this note, we examine this practice and the ways that it is accomplished, and then analyze the financial case for making it a part of every cable job.

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