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Can we use twisted pairs in Ethernet cable to wire solenoids

Will the wire gauge in Ethernet cable suffice for firing the solenoids?
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Re: Can we use twisted pairs in Ethernet cable to wire solenoids

What gauge is the wire? R57 specifies 28 gauge minimum for PCM Solenoid outputs.
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Re: Can we use twisted pairs in Ethernet cable to wire solenoids

I don't have the answer you're looking for, but may I ask why you want to do this?
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Re: Can we use twisted pairs in Ethernet cable to wire solenoids

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I don't have the answer you're looking for, but may I ask why you want to do this?
Nicely organized, protected cabling for long runs?
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Re: Can we use twisted pairs in Ethernet cable to wire solenoids

Organizing wires
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What gauge is the wire? R57 specifies 28 gauge minimum for PCM Solenoid outputs.
Cat 6 is 23awg, so that should work. Right?
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Re: Can we use twisted pairs in Ethernet cable to wire solenoids

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Will the wire gauge in Ethernet cable suffice for firing the solenoids?
This will work. Though I suggest getting a higher quality Ethernet cable that is stranded (flexible). Most Ethernet cables are solid core and do not like a lot of flexing.

Ethernet cables run about 22 to 24 gauge.

We made our own PoE cable for the radio this year out of stranded Ethernet cable and it came out really nice.

Let us know how this works out.. Should be nice, especially when running multiple solenoids in the same area..

Love good cable management.

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Re: Can we use twisted pairs in Ethernet cable to wire solenoids

Wouldn't wire color be a problem?(R59)
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Wouldn't wire color be a problem?(R59)
Would it suffice to collie just the ends?
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Re: Can we use twisted pairs in Ethernet cable to wire solenoids

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Would it suffice to collie just the ends?
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All non-SIGNAL LEVEL wiring with a constant polarity (i.e., except for outputs of relay modules, motor controllers, or sensors) shall be color-coded along their entire length from the manufacturer as follows:
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Would the PCM not be considered a relay module?
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Would the PCM not be considered a relay module?
No, the polarity of the PCM outputs is constant, so it is not exempt from this rule. "Relay module" refers to something like a Spike, which can output two different polarities.
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Nicely organized, protected cabling for long runs?
I feel like this is something that could just as easily be accomplished by heat shrink. Whatever floats your boat I guess. \_(ツ)_/
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Wouldn't wire color be a problem?(R59)
Be sure to look at the definition of SIGNAL level (R57).
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