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#14695 - 09/29/02 08:09 PM spool unraveling any tips?
dj Offline
Registered: 09/29/02
Posts: 12
Loc: Spokane, WA
anyone have a tip on keeping the wire on the spool?
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#14696 - 09/29/02 09:54 PM Re: spool unraveling any tips?
txsparky Offline
Registered: 05/25/01
Posts: 578
Loc: Magnolia,.Texas U.S.A.
Reel set up inline with feed point,set up level,and slow steady pulls instead of yanking on wire and causing reel to overspin.

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#14697 - 09/29/02 10:25 PM Re: spool unraveling any tips?
pauluk Offline
Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 7693
Loc: Norfolk, England
Yep, straight as possible, slow and gentle pulls, and try to keep the cardboard edges of the reel from getting too battered about so that they get bent out of shape (yes, sometimes hard to avoid in the field, I know!).

An assistant works wonders too, but I won't let the GC I work with reguarly help in this respect anymore. He just lays the reel flat and pulls the cable upwards, leaving a nice long spiral of kinks! Grrrrr!
#14698 - 09/29/02 10:40 PM Re: spool unraveling any tips?
elektrikguy Offline
Registered: 05/25/02
Posts: 133
Loc: woodstock,ga,usa
make sure the reels are spinning with the wire coming over the top. that combined with txsparky's post should keep ya smilin(till the head breaks on that long hard pull) just kiddin.
#14699 - 09/30/02 03:46 AM Re: spool unraveling any tips?
sparky66wv Offline
Registered: 11/17/00
Posts: 2342
Loc: West Virginia
When pulling #14, 12, or 10 THHN on 500' spools, I orient the spools to rotate in opposite directions of each other. It adds to the resistance of the pull, but if you're alone, it will actually save time.

Sometimes it works well, and sometimes it doesn't!
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#14700 - 10/06/02 04:56 PM Re: spool unraveling any tips?
sparky Offline
Registered: 10/18/00
Posts: 5545
i came to that same conclusion a while back........but if it does tangle it'll tangle when..... (insert worst place or circumstance for your boo-boo list here)
#14701 - 10/06/02 06:51 PM Re: spool unraveling any tips?
The Watt Doctor Offline
Registered: 12/23/01
Posts: 443
Loc: Mont Belvieu, TX
Feed wire off the top.
Feed toilet paper off the bottom.
Slow steady pulles with both.
It keeps the pain off your backside in both situations.
That's my rules.

Bottoms Up,

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#14702 - 10/20/02 05:28 PM Re: spool unraveling any tips?
dugmaze Offline
Registered: 12/18/00
Posts: 46
Loc: St. Louis
I wish they would make the wire spools with SIDES!

That would help.


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