Sealing Cameras, Tool Belts, Kit and Ethernet Cable
Well, again about a year ago and fixing the house was a good chance to learn a few things about making things work:
- Silicone vs Acrylic Sealants. The long and short of it is that in damp climate and where there is rain, silicone forms a water impermeable rubber seal. You can’t paint it but if you need a real water seal it does work. Just one warning is applying it isn’t easy. You get a grease gun and squirt it but it is super thick and sticky. After applying you can peal off the excess though.
- Tool Bags. (And check EDC Magazine). Well I’ve always wants a professional tool bag and putting up all those security cameras is a good excuse. I ended up with the LeatherCraft 1539 which despite its name is actual à cordera. It has a zillion pockets and a huge center area. And yes it’s been awesome for carrying all my new found tools.
- Tool Belts. Well I’ve always wanted of these and it definitely came in handy helping do an antenna installation.
- Ethernet T568A vs 568B. The really confusing thing is that there are two different standards for Ethernet cable wiring. They are the same but have pairs 2 and 3 swapped. You have to look at your cables and see which you have. The main reason for the difference is that the A version is compatible with the old analog phone 4 pin connectors. So you can use them with analog phones. If you can even find them anymore. So when you are repairing a cable make sure to look at the no broken end and see if is an A or a B wired one.