Use braided rope to make pulling grip

If you are not careful when pulling a cable through duct or conduit, the cable can twist out of shape, which can result in degraded performance.

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Use braided rope to make pulling grip

Robert N. Poston

Problem

If you are not careful when pulling a cable through duct or conduit, the cable can twist out of shape, which can result in degraded performance.

Solution

You can make your own cable-pulling grip by using a braided rope and a small fishing swivel. By looping the rope through the swivel and splicing the two ends of the rope together, you have a secure grip that you can use to pull the cable.

Procedure

1) Make an eye on the braided rope by passing the rope through the eye of the swivel.

2) Cut off approximately 12 to 14 inches from one end of the cable`s outer jacket.

3) Divide the rope`s core into four groups.

4) Adjust the rope so that the "eye" is at a desirable length.

5) Put a piece of tape or a tie-wrap around the rope where the rope overlaps itself (at the bottom of the eye).

6) Wrap two groups of the rope`s core in a criss-cross fashion around the other section of rope, and then tie the two groups in a square knot.

7) Repeat the previous step for the other two groups of the rope`s core.

8) Place a few drops of super-adhesive glue on the places where the wires cross and on the knots.

9) Remove the tie-wrap or tape, and then tape the full length of the splice.

10) When you are ready to pull cable, attach the cable to the open end of the swivel.

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Robert N. Poston is a cabling installer from King of Prussia, PA. He has spent 43 years as an installer, foreman, and supervisor working with electrical and communications cabling. He is a member of Local Union 98 IBEW.

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