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

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

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    Pulling wire, top or bottom? And why?

    When you are pulling MC, THHN, Romex from a spool do you pull the wire from the bottom or from the top? And why?
    Last edited by wirenut45; 09-12-17 at 10:36 PM.

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    From the top so that the wire is farther off the ground and easier to get to the start of the pull?

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    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.

    Typically, I come off the top to pull undergrounds and off the bottom for going out the top of a panel. For large spools of 3/0 or 500kcmil, I pull from the bottom because in my mind the lower center of gravity helps keep the reel from falling off the stands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremysterling View Post
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    For large spools of 3/0 or 500kcmil, I pull from the bottom because in my mind the lower center of gravity helps keep the reel from falling off the stands.
    The center of gravity really does not change much, unless you count the weight of the unspooled but not yet supported cable. But the point at which the unspooling tension is applied does change.

    All in all, I think this is a lot like which way to roll toilet paper....

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    Havent pulled that much from spools but THHN from smaller ones. Not on the option, but whenever I've pulled lots of catx/CATV at once, sometimes 20+ cables, it all spins the same way (usually off the top) to minimize drag and pulling tension since you're not supposed to exceed 25lbs force.
    Electricians do it until it Hertz!

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    Bottom! More recently I have been pulling from the bottom to stop the wire from jumping off and snagging around the axle. It never happens when pulling from the bottom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldDigger View Post

    All in all, I think this is a lot like which way to roll toilet paper....
    In other words, always from the top!

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    Quote Originally Posted by retirede View Post
    In other words, always from the top!
    I agree with the toilet paper direction. But wire is not toilet paper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wirenut45 View Post
    Bottom! More recently I have been pulling from the bottom to stop the wire from jumping off and snagging around the axle. It never happens when pulling from the bottom.
    I agree. I am a firm believer in pulling from the bottom for this reason.
    Once in a while you get shown the light
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremysterling View Post

    Typically, I come off the top to pull undergrounds and off the bottom for going out the top of a panel.
    For the most part ditto. Situations vary.
    "Electricity is really just organized lightning." George Carlin


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