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Old 07-31-2021, 11:49 AM   #1
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Routing cables on roof

Looking at adding an LTE antenna on a telescoping pole on my ladder; and will need to route cables on the roof a few to several feet to drop into a cabinet.

In the long past, I remember seeing/using some plastic C-shaped cable securers. Roughly 2"l x 1"w, with the "C" on the long dimension. Various sizes, 1/4" through at least 1". Big enough to secure a piece of 1/2" painted conduit, with the wires routed inside; made for a clean installation. They had sticky on the back, so after you peel and stick, they generally stayed put. They were great because you did not need to drill a hole to mount them. Mounting on the roof, I would probably add some eterna bond double sided tape.

I've seen some folks using the zip-tie pad set in dicor, and the using a zip-tie (hopefully UV resistant) to secure the wires. Functional, but the wiring insulation is exposed to UV... not ideal in AZ. There has to be a better way.

Would appreciate info on what you are using; pics are even better...
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The only comment I can make is about not using zip-ties. Only the black ones are UV resistant, which IMO will look lousy on a white roof.
update: I just located this:https://www.panduit.com/en/products/...mps-clips.html
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I have cables run all over my roof. Solar, sat dish, sat phone, 4 MIMO antennas, SiriusXM, 2 amateur radio, 3 GPS... I run the cables neatly on the roof, use 1" sticky cable tie mounts, and black zip ties. No problems yet after 4 years. I can't see it from the ground, so I don't much care how it looks.
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The only comment I can make is about not using zip-ties. Only the black ones are UV resistant, which IMO will look lousy on a white roof.
update: I just located this:https://www.panduit.com/en/products/...mps-clips.html

Yes, I have used those and agree-- they work very well.
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My solar cables have been in place on the roof for nearly 6 years in AZ. No problem. Dicor putty keeps them in place.
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I put my cables in wire loom and tie them down with wire tires to anchors secured with 3M VHB tape.

When routing the cables consider walking and the collection of dirt. Running the cables down the middle of the roof and turning 90 degrees to any spot off the middle will reduce the opportunity for dirt to build up behind you cables.
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