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I stapled my cat5, should I remove it?

Hello everyone, first time post here I go! I couldn't run my Ethernet through my attic / crawl space so I used conduit in the living room and in a smaller game room ascetics are not as important so I just stapled it to the ceiling. Long story short, I accidentally stapled my cat5 T_T. Everything seems to work, should I take the staple out or leave it as is?

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If the staple pierced the cable, remove staple.

It can cause issues later. Other than that, don't fix.

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Just out o curiosity

Thank you, I removed the staple and it works fine still. Just curious, why didn't it break my connection? Did I miss the cords inside luckily or is it something else? Also, what issues could occur if I had left it in there and are there any issues that might arise now that it is out? Thanks again!!!! ^_^

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Varies with the wound.

If the staple happened to nick the insulation and not break the wire, it's "OK."

if the staple broke a wire, it would have died.
if the staple had crossed wires, it would have died.

If you left the staple in, it could wear through and cause issues later.

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To add about removing the staple

It would be best to disconnect the cable at both ends before pulling it out.

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