damage sensitive data cables,” he said. “
Preplanning is extremely important before running
any type of wire because, with extended data
cable runs, kinks in wire and other unfavorable
conditions in cable installations can cause a direct issue with data speed and performance.”
Improvements to fishing tools increase the
ease of pull of wire both inside and outside of
conduit, Brinson said.
“Fishing products have been developed with
Fish tapes can be used when cable is pulled
various features to make installation of alarm/
control system wire easier,” he said. “Whether
it is a new polymer or glow-in-the-dark lead-
ers, many changes in the market are centered
around increasing contractor efficiency and
To prevent damage to cable, fiber optic ca-
ble’s minimum bend radius and maximum pull
tension must be closely adhered. Generally, fiber
optic cable is pulled using pull tape.
“Usually, this would be for longer runs, and
Greenlee offers fishing reach poles and tele-
the cable is taped to the end of the fish tape
and pulled through conduit,” Brinson said. “The
conduit must be free of any sharp edges, and its
bend radius needs to be large enough to pull the
cable through without damage.”
Southwire Tools manufactures steel, fiber-
glass and polymer fish tapes, glow-in-the-dark
flexible fish sticks, pull tape and poly line.
Sumeet Pujari, product manager, Greenlee,
Rockford, Ill., said updates have been intended
to make the user safer and more productive.
“Nylon and fiberglass fish tools are used to
route cable around energized sources,” he said.
“There have been ergonomic improvements, and
different materials are being used. New metallic
fish tapes have markings, which allow the user
to know the lengths of fish runs.”
scoping fish poles in lengths up to 24 feet to
push and pull wires, and a selection of steel,
stainless steel and nonmetallic fish tapes.
GRIFFIN, a construction and tools writer from Oklahoma City, can be reached at
Greenlee offers a
variety of fishing reach
poles and telescoping