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What's fish tape? It's not really tape. It doesn't have much to do with fish. So what is it? It's a thin length of nylon, steel or fiberglass wire designed to be fed through confined spaces and wall cavities, to pull the guide string of cables through pipes and cable runs. Why is it called "fish tape"? Well, apparently you have to "fish" the tape through the run first before running the cables. Yeah, it could probably use a better name...
We have a wide selection of fish tape to aid your cable puller, from top brands like Greenlee, IDEAL and Klein Tools. Here's where you'll also find fish tape repair accessories, and other fishing and pulling aids, such as tracers and conduit measuring tape.
Going Fishing? If You Are Running Cable, It’s a Wise Choice
When a person says anything regarding fishing, you probably picture a tranquil Saturday morning on a lake. Well, the kind of fishing we are talking about doing has nothing to do with gill-bearing aquatic animals but rather with wiring and cables. More importantly, it has to do with using fish tape to efficiently feed cables through small spaces, bends, and other obstructions. Aka: it will make your job a lot easier.
CableOrganizer.com has a great selection of fish tape ranging from inexpensive and super simple option like the Greenlee Flat Steel Fish Tape to the more complex options for big jobs like the Jameson Little Buddy Rodder and Accessory Kit. Whatever you are looking for, we’ve got you covered.
Fish Tape Helps You Run Cable Smatter, Faster, Better
As with any job, it is necessary to have the right tools to make sure things get done well. No one wants to produce bad-quality work, whether it is for a personal home project or for work. Running cable can be notoriously frustrating, because it is almost inevitable that you will run into a “road block” of sorts on the path the wire is supposed to take. Humans aren’t built – yet – with the ability to catapult things through narrow spaces and around corners, and that is where fish tape becomes your trusty sidekick.
Save Your Floors, Walls and Ceilings by Using Fishing Techniques
If you want to run wire to add a switch, light, or other electrical part to your home or for work, you clearly need to work around walls, ceilings, and floors that are concealing the wiring. It wouldn’t be smart to start knocking things down and tearing up the floorboards just for one little wire. People often don’t realize that options do exist.
Fish tape works because it is firm enough to snake through small spaces, but soft enough to curve around bends, get through tight spaces and not snag. It works for everything from pulling wires through piping to fishing wires from one end of the house to the other.
If you are thinking about adding wiring to your home or you have work to do coming up that requires running new wires through the structure’s existing frame stop what you are doing and get your hands on some fish tape first. Trust us – you’ll be glad you did and your work will be much more pleasurable. It will save you time, effort, and frustration in the long run, and we could all use less of that!
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