[TowerTalk] Pulling coax through PVC pipe

Wayne Kline w3ea at hotmail.com
Sun Jan 28 15:16:08 EST 2018

I have access to a  green lee cable tug'er ...  ( capstan winch )
but any SLOW pulling method will work , I use a liberal amount of Ideal 31-378 Aqua-Gel II Pulling Lubricant .  Get help at each end and go slow... YMMV

Wayne W3EA
From: TowerTalk <towertalk-bounces at contesting.com> on behalf of W0MU Mike Fatchett <w0mu at w0mu.com>
Sent: Sunday, January 28, 2018 2:33 PM
To: towertalk at contesting.com
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Pulling coax through PVC pipe

Go slow especially if you are pulling smaller control lines you can burn
the jacket or worse if there are bends, edges etc. Having someone feed
the cable in would be nice too.

On 1/28/2018 11:21 AM, Mickey Baker wrote:
> Pulling House AC power through conduit likely subjects you to code
> requirements, like burial of at least 18 inches. If this is not “house
> power” you should be good.
> If your are CERTAIN that the conduit is intact, just tie the new cable on
> to the end of the old with some sturdy cord or mule tape appropriately
> knotted, wrap it securely with electrical tape, at least a foot on the old
> and the new, squirt a good gob of lube in before this “capsule” and pull
> away. For a straight run, you’re not likely to need mechanical help.
> Position someone at the feed end to alert you of kinks or other problems
> and pull away!
> 73,
> Mickey N4MB
> On Sun, Jan 28, 2018 at 11:45 AM Dave Sublette <k4to.dave at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Good morning,
>> 28 years ago I buried a 1.5 inch schedule 40 PVC pipe in the ground and
>> ran some low loss coax and a three wire electrical control cable (14-2
>> house wiring cable).  The 14-2 is used to operate a remotely control
>> phasing box for my 80 meter four square.  The coax feeds either my 160
>> vertical or the 80M array.
>> Well it’s time to replace the coax.  The PVC pipe is 250 feet long and in
>> a straight line(thankfully).  I suspect I will have to pull both cables
>> with the new cables tied to the end.  I’ve never done this before and could
>> use a little advice.  I googled but most of what I found started with empty
>> pipe and ran a “string mouse” through with a shopvac. When I installed the
>> cables initially, I laid them out on the ground and slipped the pipe over
>> them ten feet at a time. Fortunately, there is a fair amount of room left
>> in the pipe.  The two cables did not fill up the space entirely.
>> My first question is if there is some sort of lubricant I should use to
>> reduce friction?
>> That’s also my last question, but I know there must be several things to
>> consider I am betting that this group has the answers. I have a come-along,
>> a tractor, and a fair amount of tools.  I’m just not sure how to proceed.
>> I am eager to see what you all have to say.
>> Thanks.
>> Dave, K4TO
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