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spool unraveling any tips? #14695
09/29/02 10:09 PM
09/29/02 10:09 PM
dj  Offline OP
Joined: Sep 2002
Posts: 6
Spokane, WA
anyone have a tip on keeping the wire on the spool?

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Re: spool unraveling any tips? #14696
09/29/02 11:54 PM
09/29/02 11:54 PM
txsparky  Offline
Joined: May 2001
Posts: 552
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.

[This message has been edited by txsparky (edited 09-30-2002).]

Re: spool unraveling any tips? #14697
09/30/02 12:25 AM
09/30/02 12:25 AM
pauluk  Offline
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 7,520
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! [Linked Image]

Re: spool unraveling any tips? #14698
09/30/02 12:40 AM
09/30/02 12:40 AM
elektrikguy  Offline
Joined: May 2002
Posts: 132
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.

Re: spool unraveling any tips? #14699
09/30/02 05:46 AM
09/30/02 05:46 AM
sparky66wv  Offline
Joined: Nov 2000
Posts: 2,236
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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Re: spool unraveling any tips? #14700
10/06/02 06:56 PM
10/06/02 06:56 PM
sparky  Offline
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 5,344
huh! [Linked Image]
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)

Re: spool unraveling any tips? #14701
10/06/02 08:51 PM
10/06/02 08:51 PM
The Watt Doctor  Offline
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 435
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,

[This message has been edited by The Watt Doctor (edited 10-06-2002).]

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Re: spool unraveling any tips? #14702
10/20/02 07:28 PM
10/20/02 07:28 PM
dugmaze  Offline
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 45
St. Louis
I wish they would make the wire spools with SIDES!

That would help.


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