Source for CAT5 and 2 core electrical

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  1. fj

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    hi there,

    I'm having trouble finding cables, Cat5 and 2 core electrical 'lamp cord'. I went to Middy's today but they only have solid core CAT5, Ebay is the same.

    Where have you sourced your cables from before?

    thanks, fj
     
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    I buy all my 24x0.20 7.5A figure 8 from Bunnings.

    I was in there Friday night and notice the 24x0.20 "speaker wire" was $47 for 100M roll and the 24x0.20 Figure 8 was $51 a 100M roll.

    The $51 stuff seemed to have slightly thicker insulation and was white not grey.

    Can't help with CAT5, still using it from the drums i bought a couple of years ago

    Cheers
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    How much cat 5 are you chasing i buy it by the 305m roll,
     
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    last time i looked in bunnings i couldn't find anything. i'll go have another look tomorrow.

    with the Cat5, i have 32 ssr's to wire up, so 100 mtr roll wouldn't be enough. the 305 mtr would be overkill but i can always use it for next year. i saw 305 mtrs boxes on ebay for $99 but they were solid core.

    i read somewhere that solid core is no good for continual movement because it eventually breaks. is that true or should i not be too worried about it?
     
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    for use in the yard, most people would use Solid Core, stranded tends to be expensive.

    Once the cabling's in place you will have near zero movement.

    Phil
     
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    ah ok, thanks

    i was just looking around for stranded core only. i can find plenty of solid core, Middy's actually had a sale on the stuff. i'll pop back in tomorrow to find out a price.

    thanks for the help.

    fj
     
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    the funny thing is i bought 1000M at auction a couple years ago very cheap believing it was solid core, it even behaves like solid core, but found out a couple months ago that is actually stranded.

    essentially if i didn't have that i would be using solid core.

    Phil
     
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    You can get cat 5 stranded cable from Altronics its $1.35 for under 305 metres and is $0.90 for 305 metres to 610 metres and then its $0.80 per metre
    http://www.altronics.com.au/index.asp?area=item&id=W2752

    Now the wire i bought to run a few RGB things is the 4 core security cable which is rated at 2.2 amps and is $0.30 per metre at clearance price
    http://www.altronics.com.au/index.asp?area=item&id=W2341

    The 4 core security cable rated at 4.5 amps is on special for $0.80 per metre in 100 metre rolls
    http://www.altronics.com.au/index.asp?area=item&id=W2364

    Hope that helps
     

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