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How do I run cat5 cable under my garage door without damaging it

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Any suggestions to keep the cable from being pinched?

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I've just run mine on the ground.  I have had it this way for the past 3 years with no issues.  The garage doesn't pinch it.  At least not mine.

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The door should have a rubber weatherstrip so it won't hurt the cable. Also at the corners there is usually about an inch of space between the door and the opening which a weather strip usually closes, you can run it there. 

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My garage is sealed really well, and it just looked to me like it was flattening out the cable a bit. That was the reason for my concern.

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their is a rubber gasket on the bottum check it out when door is up and if it is a newer one it will have a bulb type gasket on it which has a lot of give to seal better

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If you're really concerned you can place a short piece of 1" x 2" scrap wood along side it to keep the door just off of it. 

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Because of our extreme cold, & snow, & ice winters I decided this year to run my cat 5 cable through black pvc white strip tubing. I never did that before this year because I never had to run cat 5 cable out to a Mountain Ash Tree, or the bushes, but this year I ran cat 5 cable to & from my CCP's that are in the tree & bushes through the pvc tubing & that way all the ice & snow won't cause to much havoc. In real cold weather I have seen cat 5 cable begin the crack but the show still went on without any hiccups. 

 

You can actually see the tubing in this video of the Lighted Carousel I made this year. The tubing runs from the Lor regular Controller to the Lor ccp controller that is on the upper tree trunk .

 

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Because the wire is so small you can cut a small slot in the wood or rubber gasket for the coord to run through.

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If you need to run it under the door use a couple of cedar shims from the hardware store. The Sims that you would use for installing doors or windows in a house. Place A shim down each direction facing away from the wire where the door closes with them tight to the wire. You could use some dabs of silicone or double sided tape to hold them in place for the season. Or even silicone around the wire between the shims. That should protect the wire and keep the door sealed at the same time.

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I run cat5 and extension cords under my garage door. No problems with the cords/cable and no problems with the garage door closing.

If anything, adjust the garage door to not close so tight. The rubber/plastic seal should still give way to the wires and such.

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