Have just installed a new antenna and have reminded myself that securing the
coax downlead using cable clips (into brick) using a hammer takes skill,
patience and more clips than clip locations.
Is there a purpose designed tool for this job? which gets the hardened pin
into the wall without shattering pin, mortar or brick? My neighbour's
installation looks so neat with clips every few inches....
I guess something along the lines of a Hilti gun would do this... (They
can put nails through steel joists AFAIK)
Maybe hire it from somewhere?
I have found that holding the pin with narrow nose pliers helps a great
deal - also prevents the fingers from being mashed...
Malcolm Stewart wrote:
BT engineers seem to use something similar (or maybe the same?). After
getting bored of seeing normal masonry pin+plastic clips fall out of my
wall the last one fetched what I thought was a device made wholly of
After drilling a hole these were tapped into place with a single sharp
tap. I think they were a lead 'plug' with a clip shaped head. I guess
the hammering deformed the plug to grip the hole.
I'd be handy to know their name to be able to get a few.
You're not supposed to 'test' them. Put in plenty and pray for luck. It
also helps if you don't go back to inspect the work. ;-)
Which leads me to one of lifes little mysteries. How is it that when one
has finished a job all one can see are the mistakes/bodges made, yet
when one looks again after a period of time one is surprised at how
perfect it looks ?
And of course hit the nail square - often not that easy when up a ladder,
I also prefer a club hammer - or at least a heavy one - and light taps
with that rather than harder ones with a light hammer.
However, as has been said, for a really neat job drill the bricks and use
the special plugs.
*No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver,purple
Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW
Yep, I'll second the vote for these plugs, especially if you are running
multiple cables; BUT beware the effect of UV light on the ties. Unless
a special grade is used they can fail in <3 years. (seen it, replaced
them, got tee shirt etc)
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