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 Question by Paul Cottingham posted 24 Jul 2000
 Service loops
I have a question that is realted to aesthetics more than anything else. We are installing a new cable plant in a client's office, and are "arguing" over the best way to keep the wire tidy in the closet.
Is the best practice to terminate the closet, put in your service loop, then tension the slack out to the drops?
Or is it easier and better to terminate the drops, pull out the slack going into the closet and the terminate after the service loop?

This may seem like a dumb question, but we are having trouble figuring out our best solution.

 Answer by Roman Kitaev posted 24 Jul 2000

If I undestand your question correctly, I would recommend the following:

Pulling should be done before any termination. If pulling when one or another end is already terminated, you may damage the termination quality by pulling too hard.

If you pull starting from the closet, then leave a minimum slack of 3 m (10 ft) at the closet and 300 mm (12 in) at the work area.

Best regards
Roman Kitaev, RCDD

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