I just watched the new "This Old House" and the did a similar method except
they sucked a device called a "mouse" to pull electrical feed from the
street to the cottage they are working on. It took about 20 seconds to pull
a couple hundred feet. They also used some wire lubricate to pull the 200amp
service. Of course the used a pickup to pull it.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jack Myers" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Saturday, November 15, 2003 2:41 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Putting a pull rope in conduit.
Thought I would pass this along as it worked very well for me.
Earlier this fall I buried 350 Ft of conduit out to my two new towers and
just got around to putting a pull rope in them today. I decided that instead
of the fish tape method I would blow a string through the conduit as I have
seen done once with the local power company.
I used masons string for the shoot through the conduit. I made a cap for the
end of the conduit with the lid off of 3m #33 tape container. I drilled two
holes in it, one about 1/8 diameter the other just big enough to squeeze the
nozzle of my air blower in it. I then threaded the masons string through the
cap and then poked it through a red mechanics rag (the ones you get at the
auto parts store) and to keep it from pulling back through the rag I tied a
#12 washer to the end of it.
I took my air compressor (nothing special about it) out to the end of the
conduit with a full tank of air (20 gal). I stuffed the rag loosely in the
conduit then stuck the cap on and put the nozzle in and let her rip. The
main thing is to have the masons string able to feed easily and it will
shoot through fast. I ran out of air about 1/2 through and had to wheel my
compressor over to an AC outlet and air up again. Second tank I got it
through no problem. I then pulled a larger (parachute cord) through.
The second conduit I decided to try it with just my hand cupped over it
instead of the cap and it worked just as well and was less fuss.
I was not sure if it would work but it worked great! Took me less than an
hour from start to finish to get my pull ropes in place.
See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless
Weather Stations", and lot's more. Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with any
questions and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
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See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless Weather
Stations", and lot's more. Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with any questions
and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
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