My fishing tape (Ideal) broke not long ago, after 15 years. Will need a new
Was not very happy with the Ideal (in blue case). I've used it a dozen
times in 15 years and it was always very tight going in and out. It was a
Can anyone suggest an easy to handle (in/out) light duty tape (25ft), not
necessarily pro grade.
If anyone does find a good 1/8 spring steel snake, I'd love to know about
it. Years ago you could buy them in 200 foot lengths, that, when expanded
would lay absolutely flat on the ground. Now these things short and long,
want to stay in a coil, making them useless except for snaking through
I'm not sure the Brand, but my father in law had a Fiberglass fishtape. It
laid pretty flat when it was out of the reel. It had a blue case.
It was great when you were fishing stuff with Live power near by.
I know what you mean about those cheap tapes not pulling out,
aaaarrrggg. I have a Greenlee now and it works great but I still keep
the old one around to cut short "fishing hooks" off it when I need to
fish and hook. At the TV station where I used to work we used a
flexable steel "snake" for fishing cable that was also great but very
expensive. There are also nylon ones made now. It kind of depends on
what you're using it for and tends to be a personal choice. I used to
prefer the snake when I was at the station but we were always in
conduit or races. I thought of the flat steel one as a cheap
homeowner's toy. Now I actually prefer it for most jobs and like that
it can take a "set". When you're fishing across some ceiling joists or
cross bracing you can put a set into it so that it will ride over
stuff. Fishing down a wall you can make it turn right and left by
flipping the reel over.
About 10 years ago, I did some work with an electrician who had a
fish tape made of nylon. It was very strong and could be fished through
things quite easily. Nylon has a basic slipperieness to it, which seemed
to make it a bit easier to pull, especially if a conduit run had a few
extra bends, but the sliperieness can be a hazard if you leave it on
I haven't seen a supplier who carried one in nylon, though. Not that I
have been looking very hard - I just check occasionally and haven't seen
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