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running wiring in a solid but frail cieling
#446491 08/26/07 05:24 PM
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Hi all,

So far me and the other tech have been lucky to not walk in some cieling areas that are solid yes to week to hold a person to run cable. In one instance our supervisor who is small and light could but I want this to be a one man operation.

I have thought of two ways to run cable besides the standard use of fiberglass sticks.

1. Run a remote control car with tracks across the ceiling from one end to the other. The cable would lay across the sheetrock.

Other would be to run a wireless remote control 3 or four prop toy like probe though the rafters draging the string with it. The blades of the little drone would be protected with a duscted shroud.

We have excepted a contract with a resteraunt chain where there is only one acess man hole and thought it would have been impossible to run the cable. The building construction has little in the name of conduit.

So what is your thoughts on this? I love the idea of running a remote control 4 prop helicopter if it was possible. It would be battery operated and just enough to pull the cable a given range before being brought down to recharge?

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#446492 08/26/07 05:38 PM
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What's holding the sheetrock up? :shrug:


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#446493 08/26/07 06:43 PM
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So what is your thoughts on this?

Please don't take this the wrong way but with questions like this you would be wise to hire someone to install the wire for you. There are even more questions that you haven't thought of yet.

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#446494 08/27/07 05:48 AM
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So what is your thoughts on this?

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Fiberglass rods work will for this situation or they also make a sling shot that will shoot small ball with string attached if its not to many cables you maybe able to get away with the remote car

I like Hals idea [Linked Image from i43.photobucket.com]


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I've used a wrist-rocket (Slingshot) and a tennis-ball before with great success in small crawl spaces. Plus it's fun smile

Take a knife and cut a hole on two sides of the tennis ball, take your pull string and pull it through and tie it off.

Cheaper then fiberglass sticks and easier to work with in confined spaces. Works great for lacing cable through rafters.

Not to mention you can have some real fun with a dog laugh

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I deleted the two post on spelling errors, they added nothing to the topic. I was serious when I asked what's holding the sheetrock up, has to be some type of rafter or framing up there.


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#446498 08/27/07 10:08 AM
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Crappie rod from your local fishing store. They are fiberglass and extend to 20 feet on average. they dont flex as much as stix and compress down to 3.5 feet.

Problem: they will not bend corners like a remote.

Sometimes called a pan fish pole or fly rod. Happy hunting.

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A small cross bow works too.

I've seen this kind of ceilings in a mall. It is actually not sheetrock and there is a metal lath that is spaced about 2 ft apart. Kind of like a plaster wall. You can crawl on the stuff I've seen if you use a piece of 1/2 inch plywood to spread the load or if you stay tight to a wall.


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