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Old 03-10-2008, 08:24 PM   #1
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Hi;
I just purchased a 50' nylon fish tape. I chose nylon over steel for obvious (to me) reasons, ie safety!
Now the problem is that this thing comes all rolled up in a nice reel, but as soon as I try to use it, I find that it still wants to be all curled up!

Is there any way to straighten (permanently) this nylon tape (3/16dia)

I have it reeled out, running around my basement now, and have it tied securely to something heavy, then was pulling on it for a few minutes. I thought that perhaps, such stretching in conjunction with mild heating (using a hair dryer from a distance) might straighten the animal.

Otherwise, it seems that fish tape is pretty much useless except for conduit.

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Old 03-10-2008, 08:31 PM   #2
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What brand did you buy ....

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Old 03-10-2008, 08:45 PM   #3
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Nylon tapes are useless for anything but 1/2 and 3/4 inch pipes, any bigger than that and it tries to roll up and hang in the pipe, if you figure out how to stop it from happening let me know.
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That is the nature of the beast. A fish tape is normally curly and is used in conduit. For fishing in walls I use fiber glass poles.
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Exactly...fish tapes are for conduit they are pretty much useless anywhere else without a lot of patience.
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What brand did you buy ....
It's a Greenlee. I bought it at Home Depot.
I wonder whether HD would take it back?
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Funny thing about fish tapes... In both of the wiring books I borrowed from the library, a fish tape is shown being used in walls.

I'm wondering whether to try returning it to HD. If they don't take it back, then I could try to straighten it.
Once straightened, I would discard the reel, and keep it stored above the drop ceiling in the basement so that it wouldn't curl up again.

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I would return it.
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Check these people out for fishing and wire pulling stuff. Their long drill bits work great too. I do a lot of fishing of wires in old houses.

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I returned the fish tape to Home Depot and bought a 12ft fiberglass pole, also by Greenlee.
I think the pole will do the job, and it's never going to get curly<g>

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