Fiber Optic Cabling Splice

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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.....
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 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.

Sincerely,
Dmitri Abaimov, RCDD

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