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#55335 - 08/26/05 05:56 PM Favorite fish tape...
foestauf Offline
Registered: 08/01/05
Posts: 49
Loc: Florida
Ok so I'm old fashion and have a GB 250ft steel fish tape with just a curled end on it...

Looking at a guy today had a nice looking steel fish tape with a steel braided leader on it...

So what are you guys favorite fish tape for working with PVC?

Nylon I hear is nice but expensive and haven't seen one over 100ft.

And I try to stay away from using jet line.
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#55336 - 08/26/05 06:33 PM Re: Favorite fish tape...
Jps1006 Offline
Registered: 01/22/04
Posts: 615
Loc: Northern IL
My favorite is my fiberglass. It is an Ideal. It cost me over $100 and will snap if kinked, but it is the perfect blend of flex and stiffness. It is 100'
#55337 - 08/26/05 06:55 PM Re: Favorite fish tape...
Fred Offline
Registered: 04/30/01
Posts: 449
Loc: Straughn, IN 47387
Greenlee SS 200' w/leader.
#55338 - 08/26/05 07:07 PM Re: Favorite fish tape...
renosteinke Offline
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Registered: 01/22/05
Posts: 5316
Loc: Blue Collar Country
My regular tape is a Greenlee, and the case works quite smoothly.
My 200 ft tape is an Ideal, chosen because the larger diameter case makes winding/unwinding easier (I believe).
I have a vinyl-coated Ideal "slick tape", which works really well. I try to reserve it for pipe that already has wires in it- or that the regular tape won't fish. I consider it a half-price substitute for the fiberglass one.

I have a short (50 ft.) GB tape- that never gets used. It just doesn't feed or roll up very well.

The steel tape is my standard, in no small part because I regularily find it necessary to use a tool to pull it. You don't have that option with other tapes. It's also a lot easier to repair them.

I'm sorry you don't like to use "jet line." I will often use a mouse to pull a fine line (I use the line cartridges sometimes called 'tampons'), which I then follow with larger line, etc. I get best results using a vacuum on one end, and compressed air on the other. I will often join the two lines with an additional 'mouse' to clear debris from the line- or coat the mouse in lube to slick up the pipe some.
#55339 - 08/26/05 07:13 PM Re: Favorite fish tape...
VAElec Offline
Registered: 07/26/05
Posts: 49
Loc: Sterling, Virginia, US
Ideal fiberglass... PVC or conduit that already has wire in it. For empty EMT or Rigid, steel all the way. You can't cut fiberglass if it gets kinked.
#55340 - 08/26/05 07:38 PM Re: Favorite fish tape...
Elviscat Offline
Registered: 08/13/05
Posts: 214
Loc: Seattle Washington USA
I prefer a Greenlee/Ideal steel tape, I like the "old fashioned" curled end and the way it pulls and fishes, although if I'm fishing into a live panel/appliance it's fiberglass all the way, I'm not exactly comfortable with a flexable peice of steel whipping around where it can contact bare lugs at hundreds of amps of three phase
#55341 - 08/27/05 06:10 AM Re: Favorite fish tape...
walrus Offline
Registered: 07/25/02
Posts: 680
Loc: Bangor Me. USA
I fish 3/4 rigid pipe underground most of the time and I've found that an Ideal Stainless Steel fish works the best. Pushes thru multiple 90s most of the time. When it won't, I hook it with another SS fish from the other end.
#55342 - 08/27/05 07:17 AM Re: Favorite fish tape...
Dnkldorf Offline
Registered: 12/12/04
Posts: 1064
Loc: nowhere usa
Best fish??????

Rigid wet/dry vac with a piece of a HD bag.

I haven't used a metal fish in years.

Fiberglass sticks are great for areas above drop cielings.

#55343 - 08/27/05 08:01 AM Re: Favorite fish tape...
luckyshadow Offline
Registered: 01/04/05
Posts: 305
Loc: Maryland USA
any type of pipe in the slab or underground I try and use the shop vac and a plastic bag . Overhead ? just a plain old fishtape. personally I have a Klein 200'. At work - it's what ever the shop sends out. We have no preference. My all time favorite - The large pull behind air compressor. Nothing better the shooting 100lbs of air into a 1" to clear it.
#55344 - 08/28/05 09:36 PM Re: Favorite fish tape...
trollog Offline
Registered: 10/02/04
Posts: 276
Loc: San Diego California USA
Greenlee 250 steel with a leader, Greenlee 150 nylon, no leader. I admit Ideal makes the best non-metallic fishtapes, but the day I needed one, the greenlee was on the shelf so that was what I bought and haven't been totally disappointed. Gardener-Bender = Junk in my opinion, for the most part. Got a couple rusty old GB's floating around the shop that I avoid like the plague- they are almost impossible to wind up after using them, and that "handbrake".. why, GB, why??

My true favorite is an 8' scrap of someone's old broken tape.. that thing has gotten me out of many scrapes and saved me the hassle of having to get out a full sized tape to get the little jobs done
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