[TowerTalk] Pulling coax through PVC pipe

jimlux jimlux at earthlink.net
Mon Jan 29 14:04:20 EST 2018

On 1/29/18 10:08 AM, Gary Schafer wrote:
> I have an electrician friend that will not pull romex in conduit. He always
> uses single multi stranded wires instead. He says they are much easier to
> pull than romex that is less flexible.

It's not that romex is less flexible (a 14/2 romex is pretty flexible 
compared to a single AWG10) - it's that it's not round, and if it 
twists, those twists can grab/hangup other stuff.

I fully agree - much easier to pull separate conductors - romex (NM) 
isn't needed in conduit anyway - it's a way to get "two layers of 
mechanical barrier" for wiring inside walls

> Consider running a couple of runs of cat5 cables for your control lines.
> Plenty of pairs to work with. I also ran a couple of #12 stranded wires for
> the rotor motor.

Stranded or solid is sort of your choice - I have found that solid is 
easier to pull - I think it's because of residual twist in the wire 
coming off the spool is less for solid than for stranded.  But I've not 
pulled enough stranded to be sure.

I've pulled LOTS of Cat 5 - one thing to watch out for is that it is 
"stretchier" than AWG12 solid.  I lay all the stuff I'm going pull out 
straight on the ground so that it can pull together and easily.

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