[TowerTalk] Fw: Cable pulling

Eugene Jensen eugenejensen at nyc.rr.com
Sun May 6 16:08:01 PDT 2012

This is an old Electrician trick. Take a small plastic  wrapper about the
size of a cigarette pack hint hint tie a light fishing line to the wrapper
and use a shop vac and put the hose wrapped in rags to make a suction in one
end and when you have it set away you go.   You suck up the wrapper and
fishing line into the shop vac. I used the trick here with a  150 feet 4
inch line that was installed when the house was built.  73 Gene K2QWD

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[mailto:towertalk-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Bob Gibson
Sent: Sunday, May 06, 2012 6:47 PM
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Subject: [TowerTalk] Fw: Cable pulling

How long are the sections? Why not just lay the sections out and run the
cables into each section one at a time..that's what I did for 350ft run..Bob
Bob Gibson W5RG

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From: David Aslin <david at aslinvc.com>
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Sent: Sunday, May 6, 2012 4:48 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Cable pulling

Gerald's note prompts me to ask a related question:
What techniques are folks using for the first pull through a conduit?
Background: Like Gerald, I plan to have a 400ft+ run of 4 inch corrugated
irrigation tubing.  A 400ft fish tape would be hard to find/expensive, but I
need to get a pull rope through the conduit before I can do the first cable
pull (LDF5-50)  How?

David G3WGN  WJ6O

Date: Sun, 6 May 2012 15:13:42 -0300
From: "VE1DT-Towertalk" <gboutin at seaside.ns.ca>
Subject: [TowerTalk] Wire Soap - How Much?
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I've no experience in running cables through conduit, but I do know that I
want to use a cable lube. I can get Klein #15028 1 quart bottles locally,
but I don't know how much I will need. Also, I know I don't want to run out
part way. In browsing through the archives, the answer I keep seeing is

In my case, I am using 4" diameter corrugated irrigation tubing for a couple
of LMR600 cables, a couple rotator cables and a few CAT5 cables.
length is 400 feet. Worst case would be the volume of the conduit.
the formula,    pi *r^2 *length    tells me about 30 gallons. I am not
planning on doing that.

Polywater  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kr87VQcJeK8  says to use this
formula for PolywaterJ: Gallons = 0.0015 * Diameter(inches) * Length(feet).
This comes out to 2.4 gallons. Using 1 quart bottles, this comes to about
$150 here. Grainger also sells larger 1 gallon containers of 3M WL lube at
about the same price as two of the Klein one quart squeeze bottles.

Does 3 gallons sound about right?

Gerald Boutin, VE1DT


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