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Old 10-17-2011, 09:58 PM   #1
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As requested. Here is how to build a wire spinner. I appologize i don't have time at the moment to do a real how to, and actually build one. Maybe tomorrow. But here is a rough outline of how to build one.
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1 - 12" 2x4
2 - 24" 2x4
6 - 3" screws
16 - romex staples
2 - large washers
1 - 3" framing nail
2 - 4' scraps of romex



Step 1
Screw the 12" piece of 2x4 to the center of one of the 24" pieces, So you end up with a T

Step 2. Screw the other 24" piece of 2x4 perpendicular to the first 24" 2x4

step 3. Put 1 washer on the nail. Then push the nail though the center of one of the chunks of romex

step 4. Put the other washer over the top of the romex, then push the other piece of romex onto the nail. Your end product, should go. Head of nail, washer, romex, washer, romex

step 5. staple the romex in an "X" in the center of your 12" 2x4

Step 6. Staple the romex to each edge of your 2x4 X. The wire should be loose, not tight, After its stapled to the edges, staple it to the underside. Use plenty of staples and get them nailed in good. This is what is actually going to be bearing the weight.

step 7. Bend nail into a hook

step 8. ??????

step 9. profit



This isn't an exact science. The one i built was fairly random, no measurements were taken, i just threw it together real quick. So they may not be the ideal measurments. A little experminting might find the ideal measurements. If your X is too small, your romex will unwind and fall on the floor. Maybe tomorrow i'll actually build one and take pictures as i go, so it looks like a REAL how to
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Did you get that from my basement?

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i'll actually build one and take pictures as i go, so it looks like a REAL how to
Good idea! Maybe show it with the wire on it and "in use".

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Good idea! Maybe show it with the wire on it and "in use".

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ya, i planned on doing that. It had come up in a thread and i said id post a how to, so i did. I think those instructions should be able to be followed. I was planning to building one, maybe i'll just video record it, and post it to youtube. Then it would look official
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You got me. How does it work? I have never used anything like that. I have only pulled NM from a reel or box. Without some cable on it, it is just, well just nothing. Jbfan. Got a picture?
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You got me. How does it work? I have never used anything like that. I have only pulled NM from a reel or box. Without some cable on it, it is just, well just nothing. Jbfan. Got a picture?

put your roll of wire on it, and hang the nail from something. Usually i hang it from a piece of romex that i staple to the ceiling. If you hang it too high off the ground, it can start uncoiling wire on its own
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John, I will see if I can take one today or tomorrow.
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Same concept as the pex de-spooler. How does it spin?
Never mind, got it! The hook is a nail not a screw screwed into the wood.

Uninsulated staples... how long ago was this built?
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Same concept as the pex de-spooler. How does it spin?
Never mind, got it! The hook is a nail not a screw screwed into the wood.

Uninsulated staples... how long ago was this built?
Like 3 years ago. It's been laying outside for a while though. Nobody I know uses insulated staples, only home owners
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I just dug this up and built one of these.


Looks like it's going to work great. I bet it will uncoil the wire better than my wife does.
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I just roll the wire out in front of me as im walking with the roll,same way I was taught 30 plus years ago.
i hate seeing twisted romex!
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Wow how in the world do you use it?
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i hate seeing twisted romex!
I hate it too. I had her unwinding it for me and i ended up having to pull the darn thing back out after it was cut and untwist it. It was pretty bad looking.



I can't fathom an easier way than using one of these to uncoil the wire in the attic.


Julius : You put your coil over the vertical board, and hang the spinner from the ceiling somewhere.
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Julius : You put your coil over the vertical board, and hang the spinner from the ceiling somewhere.
Oh ok I keep imagining a 1000' roll and tring to figure out how the hell is gona work!! . But with a 250' it makes sense.
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Oh ok I keep imagining a 1000' roll and tring to figure out how the hell is gona work!! . But with a 250' it makes sense.
HAHAHA

I see the confusion now. I can see where it wouldn't work well for a 1000' roll that already comes on a reel. This is for shrink wrapped rolls.


I haven't tried it for one of those 15 foot rolls you can buy at HD yet though.


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