Aerial Cable Installation Guide: Tools, Requirements; Methods and Cost

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Many different methods are used for cable installation. These include pulling, blowing, and pushing into ducts, direct burial, and aerial installation. In this article, Bonelinks will give you an overall installation guide to aerial cable.

Aerial Cable Installation Tools
When you are balancing up high, you need to make sure everything is in perfect working order. That is why aerial installation requires a ton of different tools to make the job in the sky easy as can be! Some of the common tools include aerial storage for cables; telescoping poles; brackets; blocks; cable saddles; cable rings, etc.

Aerial Cable Installation Requirements
1. The distance between poles of overhead lines is 25- -40 meters in the urban area, 40-50 meters in the suburbs, and no more than 67 meters in other sections.
2. Overhead fiber optic cable should adopt a galvanized steel strand with the specification of 7/2.2mm as the suspension wire. For armored fiber optic cable, a steel strand with 7/2.0mm or /1.8mm can be used as well.
3. When comes to the sag of the aerial fiber optic cable, the elongation during the erection process and when it is subjected to the maximum load after erection should be taken into consideration.
4. A proper and stretched overhead fiber optic cable should be left on poles.
5. Erect the poles according to the design requirements, put the hanging wires, or use the original poles to renovate to meet the specified requirements.
6. The hanging distance of the optical cable hook is required to be 50 cm with an allowable deviation of no more than t3 cm. The overhead fiber optic cable clamps should be evenly hung and the hook pallets are complete. It is also crucial to choose different sizes of hook models for the outer diameter of various aerial fiber optic cables.

Aerial Cable Installation Methods
There are two methods to install overhead fiber optic cables: the moving reel method and the stationary reel method.

  • Moving reel installation method: It is normally adopted when a cable reel trailer or aerial lift truck can be moved along the pole line and there are no obstructions to prevent raising the cable. It is a one-pass operation without requiring the use of cable blocks or pulls lines, saving time for the whole deployment.

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  • Stationary reel method: It is typically used when the route is not fully accessible by support vehicles. The cable is pulled into place from a stationary reel located at one end of the section run, and supported by temporary hardware. Once the cable is in position, it is transferred to the permanent support hardware.

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Aerial Cable Installation Cost
It’s very difficult to estimate an exact price for an entire project to be wired. Example of aerial installation costs materials and labor excluding splicing based on a 288F cable.

  • $15,420.00 to $21,588.00 per mile for the stand and lash method. Note –this type of construction would be located in the communications space on the pole.
  • $23,647.00 to $33,106.00 per mile for ADSS construction. Note – Based on being constructed in the supply space on the pole.

Summary
Installing cables is not an easy thing, especially for aerial cable installations. Extra concentration and patience are needed during the installation. The actual situation is usually much more complex than we talked about right here. You need to adjust your plans according to real conditions.

Echo Huang

Echo Huang is an expert wordsmith and marketing professional at Bonelinks with more than 8 years of experience in high technology businesses – fiber optics, IoT, and telecommunication. She is very glad to share industry knowledge and communicate with others.

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