Convoluted Tube.

Submitted: Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 18:21
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What's the best way of feeding the wire through the flexy tube cause it takes me ages trying to squeeze the wires in there. Is there a tool they use or some sort of trick to it?

Cheers Matt.
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Reply By: Shaker - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 18:50

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 18:50
Isn't it usually split, & you fed the conduit over the wires?
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Follow Up By: Member - Crazy Dog (QLD) - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 19:02

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 19:02
Ok young fella - here is what ya can do ok!.

Get some cotton - yes cotton and tie a piece of paper or maybe some cotton wool to the cotton and blow it thru the conduit. Once that bit is thru tie a piece of string to the cotton and pull that thru. Tie wire to string and pull that thru. As an old sparkie , unless you have the correct gear this works every time...

Now ya see why they have wise old cranky dogs like me....

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Follow Up By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 19:11

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 19:11
OK up to the 65mm conduit ...size.. .., kind of.....run outa puff...... after...........that.......................THUNK!!!! (:passes out:)
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Follow Up By: Frank_Troopy - Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 01:59

Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 01:59
Hi,

A decent vacuum cleaner will suck a mouse through a long yacht spar when running halyards or antenna wires. A length of venetian blind cord with a lump of rag tied on the end could be pulled along any length of conduit you'd find on a 4WD.

Smart people pull another mouse through with whatever they're running and leave it there for when something else needs to be run through later. Each time a new cable is run through, a new mouse is run at the same time.

Cheers Frank.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 12:59

Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 12:59
Can endorse Frank's comments about vacuum cleaners. Have sucked nylon string line through over 120 metres of 1" poly pipe, with no dramas. Just need to be quick to feed the nylon into the pipe, as it dissappears quickly.

Then pulled TV co-ax through, easy as.

Did this with co-ax once, and left a second draw wire in the poly pipe, and Telstra techie used that to run phone through pipe as well. Saved running second pipe, or waiting for the techie to turn up.

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Reply By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 19:01

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 19:01
Drop a nail attatched to a piece of string throug it and use the string to pull the wires through.

If you're smart, you make two small holes in the end of the conduit and tie a piece of string 2.5 x the length of the conduit to the holes, for next time you need to run a cable through the conduit. You should never need to actually undo the ends of the string again, just use the extra length of the string to tape the cables to and pull the excess string from one side to the other.
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 19:13

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 19:13
Aaaah the old draw strings trick, 99 :))))))))))
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Follow Up By: HJ60-2H - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 20:07

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 20:07
Could you use a shoe lace??

That way you would always have a spare if you needed one in an emergency.....
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Follow Up By: Ray Bates - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 21:48

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 21:48
A touch of rubber grease also helps
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Reply By: Member - John R (NSW) - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 20:15

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 20:15
I've got this tapered cylindrical gizmo that I found at my fathers place. It came with some similar tubing for running stereo/video cables through.

It works quite brilliantly feeding wires into convoluted tubing also.
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Reply By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 21:58

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 21:58
For small jobs, a piece of wooden dowel appropriately sized in diameter to slip through and longer than the corrugated tube works too.
Tie a piece of string to the end of the dowel and pull it through, use the string to draw the wire through!
Otherwise, "what Sparkie said"

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Follow Up By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 23:30

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 23:30
Whoops, "What Crazy Dog said" not "what Sparkie said"

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Reply By: eerfree - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 23:38

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 23:38
You could use the old male/female mouse trick, harness the male up with a piece of light cotton attached park him at one end of the conduit and she at the other.

weeeell it is Friday!!

eerfree
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Follow Up By: geocacher (djcache) - Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 22:35

Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 22:35
Carefull there eerfree. Discussion and attempt of such things and the simultaneous use of computers can result in threesomes like this:



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