Considering this is what I do for a living, the best, and cheapest
trick, provided you own a multimeter (or a 9V battery and a flashlight
bulb) is to short out one end (for the multimeter part) and set the
multimeter for diode/continuity test.  If you just have the 9V and bulb,
apply the lightbulb to one end and the battery to the other.  If the
bulb lights, you've got it.  At the most, this will cost you a few
batteries.  You'll know you're on the wrong pair if the battery gets
really warm really quick.  ;)  Otherwise, give me a call (only if you're
in Minneapolis) and buy me a beer.  I'm willing to relabel and tone for


Eric F Crist
AdTech Integrated Systems, Inc
(612) 998-3588

> -----Original Message-----
> [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of
> Kevin Stevens
> Sent: Wednesday, June 30, 2004 11:05 PM
> Subject: Re: OT: Cable management
> On Jun 30, 2004, at 12:46, Bill Campbell wrote:
> > On Wed, Jun 30, 2004, Skylar Thompson wrote:
> >> On Sat, Jun 26, 2004 at 01:38:55PM -0700, Kevin Stevens wrote:
> >>>
> >>> If you're new to cable management, remember to tag both
> ends of the
> >>> cables BEFORE running them through any conduit.  Once they get
> >>> bundled together in any way, that's all you have to go by.
> >>
> >> If you do get into a situation where you don't know which cable is
> >> which,
> >> you can always tone them. It's a PITA and works best wiht
> two people,
> >> but
> >> it works. It's not a bad idea to have a toner on hand,
> because even
> >> labeled
> >> cables can run into trouble. The ink might rub off, or you might
> >> accidentally cut off some excess slack without relableling.
> >
> > A pair of cheap walkie-talkies can also be invaluable for toning out
> > cables
> > unless you love shouting.
> Y'all are doing a great job of making my point.  ;)
> KeS
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