[TowerTalk] Long cable pull

Roger (K8RI) K8RI-on-TowerTalk at tm.net
Sat Jul 19 19:52:01 EDT 2008

KI9A at aol.com wrote:
> 3) You can get a line in the conduit several ways. a) rent a duct rodder.  It 
> is a coil of varying length of fiberglass rod, about 3/8" diameter. b) buy or 
>  rent a "mouse" set, and use a vacuum to blow it in. Might need a second vac 
> on  the other end to suck it in at the same time. A mouse is a foam pellet 
> about the  inside diameter of the conduit. You attach a thin string to it, and 
> use that to  pull a heavier rope in.
I install a pull line when I install the conduit. OTOH I also have a 
100' fish tape.  Pull boxes are cheap and good insurance.

and I agree, don't skimp on the "wire soap", pulling lubricant, or what 
ever you want to call  it. I'm a firm believer that you can't get too 
much of the stuff in there. Any excess will just push or run out. The 
difference between pulling with with and without lube is like the 
difference between night and day. Besides some coax doesn't like to 
slide easily in PVC conduit.  Eben the "big box" stores have it in one 
or two quart squeeze bottles.

Roger (K8RI - ARRL Life Member)
N833R (World's oldest Debonair)

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