On our site you’ll find high quality replacement steel fish tapes from top name brands like Ideal, so you know you’re getting a quality product. Our stone fabrication shops love to use these steel fish tapes to reinforce their stone slabs before transporting them because of their superior strength. Our electricians use them to refill their spools so that they can fish wire though conduit. No matter what your use, we have replacement steel fish tape at the best prices you’ll find.
Fish tapes are wonderful tools used mainly by electrocutions to pull loose wires through electrical conduit. The fish tape consists of a thin flat piece of steel wire that is coiled up within a sturdy plastic housing. In the center of the housing there is a handle that you can turn to draw the fish tape back into the housing. To extract the fish tape, you simply press a button on the handle and pull the metal tape out of the housing. As you are pulling the tape out of the housing, you fish the metal tape through the electric conduit that you wish to pull your wires through.
Once the end of your fish tape has come out the other side of your electrical conduit, you are ready to attach your wires. To attach wires to your fish tape, simply strip their insulation, push the bare wires through the eye hole at the end of the fish tape, wrap the wires around themselves, and cover the wrap of wires with electrical tape. You’re now ready to pull the wires through your conduit. To make pulling easier, it’s recommended to apply lubricant to the wires you are pulling through. If your job requires pulling a large number of wires at one time, it’s recommended that you use your fish tape to pull a rope through the conduit and then pull the wires though with the rope. This will minimize the wear on your fish tape and extend its life.
Now it’s time to pull your wires through the conduit. This is a task best accomplished with two people and a game plan. One person should be located on one end of the conduit operating the fish tape, making sure to work at a slow and steady pace. Pulling wires too quickly can cause nicking of the wires and can cause second person to become injured. The other person stands at the box, pulling the wires from their spools, keeping them untangled, and lubricating them for a smooth pull. With experience, you can learn to work together at a quick and constant pace. Until then you can use a signal to let the puller know it is time to pull the wires through by tapping on the pipe with a metal tool.