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Old 12-28-2014, 05:45 PM   #1
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Advice please-cable stuck in conduit


Hi all,
Looking for advice on a conundrum I'm in. Several years ago I ran 1" metal conduit from the bottom plate of an interior wall, under subflooring, then up into a masonry chimney. The conduit housed an HDMI cable for my chimney mounted t.v.
I recently tried to remove the HDMI cable to run regular coaxial cable in it's place. Despite having tied one cable to the other with string, then taping it, I ran into a snag, and string broke. My HDMI cable is now stuck pretty well inside the conduit. One end exposed, the other presumably stuck in a 90* a couple feet from the other end. How exactly it got so stuck is a mystery. The cable ran through the conduit once!...I tried some silicone spray so far, but I'm hoping that maybe pushing a snake into the exposed end to PUSH the stuck connector back is the best bet at this point??..in retrospect, I could have (can) cut the cable end off if I can get it back out again by pushing it.
Just wondering if there's a special method or tool employed by those that do this that will make life easier than harder for me to resolve this. To the best of my recollection(but not certainty), the conduit is complete and connected, but I do have quite limited space access to the end the cable is currently sticking out of.
ANY suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance,
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Old 12-28-2014, 05:48 PM   #2
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Grab the wire. Hard jerks to pull it out.
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Reread and see some type of head or connector on it

Get snake. Put a hook on it try to get past the head pull back and hook connector to get it back.

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Thanks ritelec, but I tried that already, no dice. It's seems pretty stuck.
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Wow.

How about a four foot or so flexible feeler bit with a short drill head on it inserted into the pipe that couple feet to drill and break the connector apart ( or drill through. Get caught and pulled out ) ???
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Wow.

How about a four foot or so flexible feeler bit with a short drill head on it inserted into the pipe that couple feet to drill and break the connector apart ( or drill through. Get caught and pulled out ) ???
Sounds good to me!!...I'm not familiar with these animals (the feeler bit/drill head, but it sounds like it has potential. Thank you for the suggestion
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Must be stuck in one of these ...

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Old 12-28-2014, 09:09 PM   #8
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I have a plumber I call about every six months and he gets me broken snake out of al kinds of drain lines. Wire would be different, he always tells me to call him before I go to tugging on it. He is very patient and somehow threads his snake next to mine and piggybacks it out.
Not sure if you could put a cutting tip on a small snake and just eat up what you have. Might not hurt to talk with a plumber, but electrical lines are different than drain lines. Not sure if you could put one end in a drill and try and spin it out that way.
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Must be stuck in one of these ...

I'm not saying that's not what happened but if he ran the conduit he should know how it was run. In addition, those types of couplings shouldn't be hidden any place, access is required to the cover.
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