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 Question by Kathy Mayeda posted 10 Apr 2007
 Fiber Optic Cabling Splice
How big is a 12-strand loose tube splice? Planning to come from underground conduit to interior splice can before going up and horizontal and up again to get to a covered walkway to the IDF in the next building.....
 Answer by Dmitri Abaimov posted 11 Apr 2007
Dear Kathy,

The splices themselves are tiny, especially if they are fusion splices. They can be something like 1/8 inch in diameter or so and about 2 inch long.

However, in your case you should be concerned with the size of the splice enclosure. It is usually a rigid plastic container that should be large enough to accommodate for the fiber loop and the cassette(s) with individual splices. Here is a sample specification that has a nice inside picture and size of the enclosure. Most enclosures for 12 strand fiber would be similar size.

To add to this I guess I should say that the enclosure should be installed in an accessible spot somewhere outside the conduit, obviously.

Dmitri Abaimov, RCDD

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