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wall fishing tools you use

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by Nabisco, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. Nabisco

    Nabisco Godfather

    May 18, 2007
  2. curt8403

    curt8403 Hall Of Fame

    Dec 27, 2007
  3. fluffybear

    fluffybear Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jun 19, 2004
  4. samrs

    samrs MANC

    May 30, 2004
    Flat Branch, NC
    Number ten copper wire is nice.
  5. pressureman0

    pressureman0 AllStar

    Jan 3, 2009
    glow rods:D
  6. Mike500

    Mike500 Hall Of Fame

    May 10, 2002
    Cheap Greenlee 4 foot rods at Home Depot for $30.

    I love jobs with fireblocks and going from attics to basements in two story houses.

    I can charge more.
  7. BattleZone

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    The Magnapull is great for most jobs. Glow-rods are also invaluable, but another cheap, simple tool is a 3' length of bulk half-twist chain from the hardware store. It's pretty much the same stuff as a dog's choker collar:


    Attach your cable to it and drop the chain down the hole, and it'll pull the cable with it. It's easy to retrieve the chain out of the wall using a magnet or a hook made from ground wire. If you don't have a Magnapull, this is the cheap, cheap substitute.
  8. armophob

    armophob Difficulty Concen........

    Nov 13, 2006
    Fort Pierce, FL
    my kit includes; flashlight, digital camera, ground wire, string, magnets, several 12" to 60" drill bits, and finishing nails
  9. kevinm34232

    kevinm34232 Legend

    Apr 29, 2008
    The chain and magnet work best for me in non insulated walls, easier than trying to find the fish rod. I've broke too many rods trying to get them out too. But for fireblocks and insulated walls, they do the job where the chain won't.
  10. raoul5788

    raoul5788 Guest

    May 13, 2006
    I'm no installer, but I have used an electrician's snake with good results.
  11. gen2rx7

    gen2rx7 AllStar

    Jan 30, 2008
    +1. I am too cheap to buy glo rods.:lol:
  12. Talos4

    Talos4 Legend

    Jun 21, 2007
  13. houskamp

    houskamp Active Member

    Sep 14, 2006
    string with heavy nut or bolt on the end.. only works for pulling up tho ;)
    Trained rat :lol:
  14. Grentz

    Grentz New Member

    Jan 10, 2007
    Fish Tape
    Glo Rods (I use shorter more flexible ones, much easier to work with)
    Long Flexible Drill Bit (I have one that is about 4ft long and flexible)

    Never really seen a need for the magnet stuff yet to be honest, can get everything done with the Tape/Rods/Drill.

    I pull Cat5e/6, RG6, Speaker Wire (1 and 2 pair), and Siamese Cable (Cat5e + 2pair speaker).
  15. randyk47

    randyk47 Icon

    Aug 21, 2006
    San Antonio, TX
    The private installer I used for my Slimline used bicycle flag poles to fish cable. He explained over the years he'd discovered they were way cheaper and he'd found some up to 10' long so he'd built up an assorted collection of lengths. We had one place where we had to fish two cables through a chase in the attic and he simply taped two poles together to reach the 14 or so feet. Worked pretty slick and I picked up an 8 foot one at a toy store for something like $4.95. I've used it once to fish an OTA cable down from the attic to an upstairs bedroom and it worked great.
  16. Wisegoat

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    Aug 16, 2006
    I read an article about an installer who trained a ferret to go to a flashing light. He made a little harness for the ferret with a D ring on top. Tied the pull string to the D ring and then flashed a light at the other end. The ferret would run across the drop ceiling, pulling the pull string behind. He would get to the flashing light and get a treat. And the installer had his pull string.

    This obviously only works for drop ceilings and maybe under house drops. This guy was a commercial installer, so for him it worked great. I thought it was pure genius.
  17. smiddy

    smiddy Tain't ogre til its ogre

    Apr 5, 2006
    I've used an auger with an extension. I don't have a link, I bought it a long time ago and on the end of the auger it has a hole to put wire through and you can tape it to it. Works very well with fire blocks, drill right through them. ;)
  18. rudeney

    rudeney Hall Of Fame

    May 28, 2007
    I use an assortment of "glo" rods, fish tape, chains, strings, and a 6-ft long flexible drill bit. I have just about the worst case scenario - a two-story house on a slab. I've run cable everywhere with no sheetrock work. It just takes patience and some logical thinking.
  19. dave29

    dave29 New Member

    Feb 18, 2007
    exactly what i use:)
  20. RobertE

    RobertE New Member

    Jun 9, 2006
    I get a :lol: when customers :eek2::eek2::eek2: when they see the 1 inch bore, 6ft long flex bit.

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