Please forgive me for asking such a naive question. I need to pull
three 6 gauge wires through a conduit. Let's say 3/4". Let's say I buy
a fish tape. Do I need to fish all three wires together, or do I do it
one by one? It seems that the former -- pull them all together -- is
the way to go, but I want to double check.
I will have a fish tape. Bought a 125 ft greenlee on ebay. I will
follow the procedure posted here for pulling (which involves stripping
a bit of wire and bending it back). My question is, should there be a
second person assisting by pushing wires in neatly. E.g., I would be
pulling, and my wife would be leading/pushing the wires into the
conduit to avoid kinks etc.
If you will be using 3/4" conduit (Against my recommendation) you will need
to strip the wires back about 6". Cut off a few strands and then wrap each
conductor around the fishtape nice and tight using pliers. Tape it up
neatly and lube generously.
If you were to just strip each wire and bend it back over the hook it will
be too fat to get it into the conduit.
It will be easier pulling if you have someone pushing at the same time.
Understood, but for emt, 3 is the max for 6awg. The 3 is for heat
considerations, not ease and ablity to pull them.
Might be able to exchange for the next size up, 1". Plus I hop you
have short runs, we just worked with hand banding 1", and being under
200# I was challenged. :-P
Pull them all at once. You can probably do it without a fish tape if the run is
fairly short without too many bends between pull points. Suck a nylon cord
through the pipe with a vacuum to help you pull/push. One guy pulls, the helper
pushes and keeps the wire coming straight. Tie your string about a foot up on
the wire bundle, then half hitch it a few times along the rest and tape it into
a bullet with duct tape. Cut that whole mess off when you get it pulled
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