Cabling Through Firewalls

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Oct 02, 2014

Installing cables through firewalls is a classic installation issue. While avoiding them is preferred, sometimes doing so is unavoidable. Understanding how to do it right can be the difference between spending significant money rerouting cables or creating a serious safety issue.

In this note we examine cable firestopping, getting approvals, understanding rating and contrasting methods including Caulk / Putty, Conduit / Cable Tray, Grommets.

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