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Hi there

I recently got a new line installed and the attached photo was how it was left, no box etc - is this how it should have been left? It was just the tubing coming up.  The green tape was me to at least try and keep any water out.

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I don’t understand why they didn’t run the tubing straight up from the duct mouth. However they should have fitted a proper bung into the duct (a sort of foam rubber thing) I don’t recall the proper description. Also when I worked for OR they used to fit a plastic capping (nick name elephants foot) to cover the exposed duct mouth. Although specs might have changed since then.  I don’t think the green tape would pass a quality inspection.

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@HenSteven wrote:

Hi there

I recently got a new line installed and the attached photo was how it was left, no box etc - is this how it should have been left? It was just the tubing coming up.  The green tape was me to at least try and keep any water out.

 


There is no point in trying to keep water out, the rest of the duct network will be full of water most of the time and is no problem, the cables are waterproof. A squirt of expanding foam would have looked prettier.

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It should have a Connecter Bend, or Elephants Foot as it’s nicknamed.

Although I found most Openreach Engineers don’t carry them and Contractors Never do.

As said ducts/joint footway are already full of water and all other nasties so the tape was pointless.

Please for the love of god don’t do as suggested and put expanding foam down it.

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@Starwire wrote:

Please for the love of god don’t do as suggested and put expanding foam down it.


Out of interest, why not?

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Re: New Line - External Finish

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Thanks for that - a Google for a picture of connector bend looks like what I was expecting

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Is your property a new build ?, that doesn’t appear to be a fibre cable yet the vast majority of new sites are FTTP ( fibre to the premises ) if it is a new site is BT your provider ?, on a ‘new site’ I was visiting a little while ago , I noticed an ‘Alt Net’ , that presumably had access rights to Openreach ducts and boxes had installed their own network before OR had installed their own network ( on a new site , the developer is paid by OR to install ducts , build boxes etc on their behalf ) ….because it’s a grey duct it should be a Openreach’s property , but the cables in OR ducts are not necessarily OR’s cables.
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3 reasons.

1. Only a Darwin Award Winner would do something so stupid.

2. You could block the duct, which could lead to an intrusive and expensive maintenance dig to clear it when access to it is required to replace the existing cable or provide FTTP.

3. Only a Darwin Award Winner would do something so stupid.

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Hmm, a really comprehensive and technical explanation of the reason.

 

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No problem. Be sure to like my comment so I can impress my friends.