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Re: [TowerTalk] Sealing cables at PVC exit?

To: "K8RI on Tower talk" <>,<>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Sealing cables at PVC exit?
Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2006 05:21:41 +0000
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Ed et al:

<Big snips throughout below>.

73 de
Gene Smar  AD3F

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From: "K8RI on Tower talk" <>
> > Ed:
> >
> >     My first suggestion to you:  Use 4 inch conduit if possible.  I used 
> > three inch because that was the max width hole my DitchWitch (tm) would 
> > cut for me.  I should have at least tried to sink 4 inch PVC into the 
> > hole, but too late now.
> Unless running large coax and lots of them you will probably find the 3" to 
> be sufficient.  I used 3" with 5 runs of LMR400, 4 of RG-6, large rotator 
> control cable, and the control cable to the remote coax switch.

I guess the size of the conduit depends on how many right-angle pulls you go 
through, in addition to the number of cables.  Most folks in the bidness 
(outside plant construction) recommend no more than four 90's in any conduit 
run, to minimize the crushing force applied to the cables under tension in the 
conduits during pulling.  In my case, the conduit system is only fifty feet 
from the shack, but it includes three 90's (in three dimensions) and one 45.  
And that's after I remove the non-glued elbows at the tower's steel box.  Still 
wish I had gone to four inch PVC, though.

> >
> >     Finally, you ought to drill a few half-inch diameter holes in the 
> > undersides of the low spots in your PVC
> I think you will find that 1/8" will be plenty and unlike the 1/2", sand 
> will not tend to work up into the conduit and if they find them, mice fit 
> easily through 1/2" holes.  

I think I decided on the larger hole size so that I could ream out the inside 
of the opening a bit to remove the bits of sharp plastic left after drilling.  
If you drill small holes, they'll also have these sharp edges, but you won't be 
able to remove them, depending on where they are in the PVC (near the end vs in 
the middle).  I was concerned that I might snag the coax or control cable 
jackets on this sharp stuff and effectively breach the insulation.  The 
landscape material is supposed to keep out the critters from these holes, while 
allowing accumulated water to drain.

>Unless in clay or very heavy loam 

....That's what I have here in the DC area.

> Roger Halstead (K8RI and ARRL 40 year Life Member)
> N833R - World's oldest Debonair CD-2
> >
> >


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