I would like to pass some cables across a downstairs room under the
floorboards. The last time I did this I lifted some floorboards in the
corners of the room, and shoved some plastic rods through with string
attached, pulling cables through with string and leaving the string there
when I finished. I'm going from different places this time, so can't use the
string. It was a bit of a faff though, so I wondered if anyone has any tips
for making the job easier, or what tools to use, etc.
Well, I use garden cane and twine. I've heard of people using toy guns
firing some sort of projectile attached to some despooled thread. This can
be used to pull through the string and then the cable.
If the ground below is smooth, I've even heard of cheap radio controlled
cars, a mirror and a torch being used in a similar manner. I doubt either
method would handle sleeper walls well.
We used tinned cat food rathe than a kipper, and the string was very
light thread, partially cut so that it would break if it got snagged
... but we did exactly this to start the process of running a cable
under the kitchen floor of a London flat :-)
julian (at) bellevue-barn (dot) org (dot) uk
"Dave Plowman" wrote
| Julian Fowler wrote:
| > We used tinned cat food rathe than a kipper, and the string was very
| > light thread, partially cut so that it would break if it got snagged
| But then you wouldn't be able to pull the cat out. Suppose they're cheap
| enough, though.
That Is Not A Nice Comment.
The problem with cats though is that they're inquisitive and may not take
the shortest route, so if they decide to have an explore all around under
the floorboards before popping out to claim the kipper you might have to
re-do cable length calculations.
I can't see a suggested derating factor for "Below Floorboards Pulled By
Cat" in the tables for mounting methods in the IEE regs.
"Andy Wade" wrote
| "Andy Dingley"
| > That's the difference between the IEE and the IETF
| IETF? - Institution of electrical tractive felines?
| Or try EIA/TIA 568 - lots of reference to CAT's in there :-)
The problem with anything more than CAT1 is getting the cats to pull in the
same direction. It must be bloody pandemonium trying to install a 6 CAT
cable. Particularly if only four of them like kipper.
Internet Engineering Task Force
Publishers of RFC 1149
"A Standard for the Transmission of IP Datagrams on Avian Carriers"
and RFC 2549
"IP over Avian Carriers with QoS"
"Andy Dingley" wrote
| Internet Engineering Task Force
| Publishers of RFC 1149
| "A Standard for the Transmission of IP Datagrams on Avian Carriers"
| and RFC 2549
| "IP over Avian Carriers with QoS"
RFC 875 - Gateways, architectures, and heffalumps
Available from the above sites.
The first, and only implementation of the standard:
or any of the April RFCs listed at
Alan J. Wylie http://www.glaramara.freeserve.co.uk /
"Perfection [in design] is achieved not when there is nothing left to add,
I've done the job using a pet rat (borrowed from a friend while on
holiday) - tied a length of cotton loosely around its middle and it
worked a treat (tied a length of string to the cotton, pulled that
through, then attached the cable to the string.
It was crucial that Ratty was constrained to operate within two
joists, so didn't have the run of the entire house between the
Let me explain.....
The kipper is dead, and has no ability to run. What you do is pull the
kipper through using a piece of string from the place where you want
your cat to run to. Attach a piece of string to the cat before it sets
off, then you can collect the string from the cat when it comes out
the other side. Job complete.
Hmm, I'm sure there's a problem with my logic somewhere, but I can't
see what it is ;)
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