Pulling cables can be a delicate and strenuous process for a cable technician. However, by following a few essential steps it can be made easier and more efficient. Hence, to help there is a list, mentioned below, of tips for pulling cables.
1. Ensure adequate clearance
When pulling out cables it is important to ensure that the distance between the uppermost cable and conduit’s inner top, i.e. the clearance, is adequate. It must be around one quarter inch minimum and one inch maximum.
2. Lubricate it
A good idea would be to use lubrication to reduce the friction in the conduit and duct pulls. There are several suitable lubricants made up of talc, mica and soap, available in stores and online, that can be used to make the job easier. Remember to avoid using grease lubrication for non-metallic sheathed cables.
3. Check the end seals
Ann important step after cable installation is to check the end seals. They must not be damaged otherwise there might be a risk of water entering them. If something like this occurs you can use rubber tape to fix the damage. Also a great idea would be to have a gap between pulling the cable and splicing or terminating it.
4. Choosing the right equipment
It is important to get the right cable equipment for your specific job. Cable spools and reels are great for pulling out cables. You can use wood reels if you are dealing with larger conductors. In addition to this also ensure that the equipment you use for pulling out cables does not end up damaging up. Try avoiding spools and reels with sharp edges and bent.
Therefore, follow these tips for your next cable pulling job.