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#161071 - 03/29/07 07:25 PM Fiberglass fish tapes
BigB Offline

Registered: 03/31/04
Posts: 725
Loc: Tucson, AZ USA
Has anyone tried the fiberglass fish tapes? I was looking at a Greenlee one. It looks like they would push through PVC easier than the steel ones.

Do they splinter? I know my fiberglass fish rods get tiny splinters when they get scraped. Every so often I have to spray them with clear laquer to keep the splinters out of my hands.

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#161083 - 03/29/07 08:44 PM Re: Fiberglass fish tapes [Re: BigB]
ShockMe77 Offline

Registered: 06/11/05
Posts: 823
Loc: Rahway, New Jersey
I've used the sticks, not the tapes.

#161084 - 03/29/07 08:44 PM Re: Fiberglass fish tapes [Re: BigB]
macmikeman Offline

Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 718
Loc: Honolulu, Hawaii
I have an Ideal one that is superb. Not sure if it is actually made of fiberglass or plastic, but it slides thru pipe better than the steel ones do.

#161120 - 03/30/07 12:19 PM Re: Fiberglass fish tapes [Re: macmikeman]
EV607797 Offline

Registered: 10/25/06
Posts: 756
Loc: Fredericksburg, VA, USA
I have a nice yellow one that's 30 feet long. It's great as long as you are going straight with it. You can't "bend a leg" in it like you can with a steel tape, so I stick with steel ones for routine fishing. The fiberglass one is really nice if you are, say, fishing across a ceiling since it stays flat instead of possibly coiling like steel tapes can do. Remember that fiberglass tapes are a bit stiffer, so working with 1/2 or 3/4" pipe might be tougher since these tapes don't bend into a tight radius. I have had mine for about ten years; no splinters or anything like that. I have lost one of the end eyes, so have to just tape the cable onto it.

"But the guy at Home Depot said it would work."

#161124 - 03/30/07 12:50 PM Re: Fiberglass fish tapes [Re: EV607797]
hbiss Offline

Registered: 12/16/03
Posts: 893
Loc: Hawthorne, NY USA
I have an Ideal one that I fished out of the dumpster at the supply house. Somebody didn't like it. Had a kink at the end so I just cut a couple of feet off. This is the plastic flexible one and it goes through pipe great. Don't expect to fish walls and ceilings with it though.

For ceilings especially I have the fiberglass rods. They do shed splinters after awhile. I'll have to try the lacquer treatment, else wear gloves.


#161214 - 03/31/07 11:52 AM Re: Fiberglass fish tapes [Re: hbiss]
JCooper Offline

Registered: 12/30/02
Posts: 229
Loc: Kendall Park, NJ USA
I have a fiberglass one and it is awesome, it is the only way to go when fishing greenfield, I have gotten the fiber snake through a few underground runs where the 1/8" steel wouldn't go. I have had it for about five years and no splinters as of yet. The only complaint was the price, I think it was around $130

#161225 - 03/31/07 01:24 PM Re: Fiberglass fish tapes [Re: hbiss]
Elviscat Offline

Registered: 08/13/05
Posts: 214
Loc: Seattle Washington USA
yeah, they're good for a lot of things, fishing unknown, abandon conduit runs is nice, *steel hooks on edge of abandon conduit* "Will, go up in the attic (contaning many rat corpses) and find where it got hooked"

they do have a problem with the leaders coming off, I believe Ideal replaces the leaders free of charge for a year or so?


#161233 - 03/31/07 04:09 PM Re: Fiberglass fish tapes [Re: BigB]
Airborne-Ed Offline
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Registered: 01/04/07
Posts: 18
Loc: Bucks County ,Pa USA
I have a Ideal that I use at work that I like and feel safer with it. Ed

#161261 - 03/31/07 11:03 PM Re: Fiberglass fish tapes [Re: Airborne-Ed]
gfretwell Offline


Registered: 07/20/04
Posts: 9026
Loc: Estero,Fl,usa
Ed is the first guy with a compelling answer. I have to say, sometimes I have a little pucker going on when I am fishing with a steel tape. (and I never see K&T)
Greg Fretwell

#161419 - 04/02/07 07:45 PM Re: Fiberglass fish tapes [Re: BigB]
DougW Offline

Registered: 06/08/03
Posts: 1083
Loc: North Chicago, IL
I've got a nylon one (forget who it's made by) and I love it for pulling in conduit with energized conductors.

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