View Poll Results: When pulling wire from spools. Are you pulling from top or bottom?

Voters
15. You may not vote on this poll
  • Bottom

    5 33.33%
  • Top

    10 66.67%
Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 22

Thread: Pulling wire, top or bottom? And why?

  1. #11
    Join Date
    Jun 2016
    Location
    Tampa, FL, USA
    Posts
    875
    Quote Originally Posted by jeremysterling View Post
    You forgot to include the optimum THHN pulling set-up in your poll. I had a journeyman that alternated up/down/up/down especially for reels that had different lengths on them. This set-up prevents overrunning by providing braking to adjacent rolls.
    So you want the adjacent spools to rub together? Sounds like a lot more energy expended pulling.

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    NE Nebraska
    Posts
    32,914
    Quote Originally Posted by Coppersmith View Post
    So you want the adjacent spools to rub together? Sounds like a lot more energy expended pulling.
    Depends on the situation. With different diameter reels or at least different diameter of conductor/cable on them can leave you fighting with the larger diameter "over spinning" the smaller diameter reels and that slows the whole process down as well.

    If it is only 500 foot reels of 10 AWG or smaller - that may be exactly what you want to do most of the time, but if pulling multiple 500's directly off the reel - hopefully you have some mechanical pulling machine to start with, but still may want to think more about which way to set up the reels.

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Placerville, CA, USA
    Posts
    17,976
    Quote Originally Posted by kwired View Post
    Depends on the situation. With different diameter reels or at least different diameter of conductor/cable on them can leave you fighting with the larger diameter "over spinning" the smaller diameter reels and that slows the whole process down as well....
    Actually the smaller reel has to make more turns per 1000' than the larger (at least at the feeding radius) reel.
    So the smaller reel tries to overspin the larger one. As you note, alternating directions cancels out that effect regardless of the size difference.

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Durango, CO, 10 h 20 min without traffic from winged horses.
    Posts
    8,478
    Quote Originally Posted by Coppersmith View Post
    So you want the adjacent spools to rub together? Sounds like a lot more energy expended pulling.
    Don't be hatin' on the over, under, over set up. It has it's place with small wire.
    Once in a while you get shown the light
    In the strangest of places if you look at it right. Robert Hunter

  5. #15
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    New England
    Posts
    1,472

    top

    because that's how you do it with TP
    "Appliances and wiring will burn out to protect fuses"

  6. #16
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Clarkesville, Georgia
    Posts
    1,999
    tp top

    thhn bottom

    because does not pull as hard on rack or ladder or whatever spools are mounted to

    for example pulling from top is more likely to turn ladder over or drag cart than pulling from bottom

    and the logic for tp: because thats the way I roll
    Dave Ruth
    Ready Electric

  7. #17
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    New Jersey
    Posts
    4,435
    Quote Originally Posted by retirede View Post
    In other words, always from the top!
    Clearly, you have never had to deal with small children or dogs.

  8. #18
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Location
    Marlborough, Massachusetts USA
    Posts
    194
    Bottom has worked out well for me for thirty five year.
    To each his own though.
    Oh yeah. ..TP...bottom as well.

  9. #19
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    363
    Quote Originally Posted by gadfly56 View Post
    Clearly, you have never had to deal with small children or dogs.
    Kids, yes....dogs were always outside.

  10. #20
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    NE Nebraska
    Posts
    32,914
    Quote Originally Posted by gadfly56 View Post
    Clearly, you have never had to deal with small children or dogs.
    Cats as well. We had to change a "j hook" style holder to one that you can't easily knock the roll off. Cat would walk up to it, swat the roll off the holder and onto the floor then shred the entire roll. Still have him and haven't killed him yet

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •