[TowerTalk] Long cable pull

Gene Smar ersmar at verizon.net
Sat Jul 19 22:52:34 EDT 2008


     As did quite a few others on this list, I would also advise you to put at least two pullboxes in your conduit run.  Life is too short for you to try to pull all that cable in one run.  You also can add other conduit runs from the other sides of the pullboxes if you need to in the future.  

     Also, as much as you think 1-1/2 inch conduit is enough, spring for the extra $$ and go with 2 inch or even larger.  I now regret using 3 inch PVC conduit instead of the 4 inch stuff when I installed my conduit run to the tower.  There will always be another cable to install. (Schlesinger's Law or something.)

     Don't use elbows, use sweeps for conduit curves.  Much easier to pull through.  


73 de
Gene Smar  AD3F

From: K4SAV <RadioIR at charter.net>
Date: 2008/07/19 Sat PM 06:13:53 EDT
To: towertalk at contesting.com
Subject: [TowerTalk] Long cable pull

After being disappointed in the direct burial method, I am planning on 
adding some conduit to access my low band receiving antennas.  I have 
one section of conduit that is 500 feet.  Can I do this with one pull, 
or will I be wishing a I had added an access box and broken the pull up 
into two parts? I have never pulled a 500 ft run before.  Since it is 
unlikely that I will ever want to add another cable into this conduit, I 
was planning on using 1.5 inch conduit.  The run will be straight except 
for a couple of very long curves and then the curve at the exit out of 
the ground at the ends.  I need to pull one run of RG6 and one run of 16 
ga landscape lightning cable for dc.  

Before someone suggests sending the dc down the RG6 to eliminate a 
cable, the dc resistance of 635 ft of RG6 is about 22 ohms.  (It's 625 
ft total to get to the operating position.)  Besides the RG6 already has 
dc controls signals on it as well as RF.

Second question: What is a good method of putting the pull string in a 
conduit this long?  I have put it there when building the conduit, but 
that is a pain.  I have used an air compressor to blow a string tied to 
a rag thru the conduit, but never on a conduit this long.  Is that 
likely to work?

Jerry, K4SAV

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