Wednesday 1 August 2012

Cable armour

Because we were cutting existing cables, it means that half of them will be without metal armour. The armour is a short sleeve of metal that goes around the cable. In the final installation, it is located at the bottom of the LBA aerial posts, where the cable comes out the base of the post and goes into the ground. Obviously, the cable is briefly exposed at this point, and the armour prevents animals from chewing on the cable or any other form of damage from being exposed. For the extra armour, we cut short lengths of metal hose and fitted it where necessary.

A collection of prepared metal armour. (Photo: D. McKay-Bukowski)

Fitting the armour is easy. The choice of diameter is such that it easily slips over the female F-type connector on the cable. It is then slid all the way to the other end, near the male connector, which is where it is required. (Photo: D. McKay-Bukowski)

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