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A Quick Guide to Cable Pulling

October 05, 2017

Network or cable installation is a labor demanding process that requires various tools and equipment to be done efficiently. Without these tools and equipment, the process would be tough and would take a long time to complete. Fortunately, these tools and equipment are designed not only to expedite the operation but also to protect and ensure the safety of installers. One example of these tools is the cable pulling grip. Pulling grips are designed to offer excellent means of pulling various cable types, bare conductors or ropes through conduits.


These grips are made from high-quality galvanized steel strand for ensuring excellent durability and long life. Pulling grips are normally used with a safety factor of 5, but it depends on the situation and on how the installer assesses the circumstances. Each grip is designed for a specific range of cable diameters and selecting the correct cable pulling grip is important to ensure network efficiency and functionality.


Steps in Selecting the Correct Pulling Grip to Get the Job Done


Step 1: Determine the cable’s external diameter.


           Step 2: Look for the cable grip size that encloses the cable’s outside diameter.


Step 3: Use a closed mesh that assembles over the cable end whenever possible. Otherwise, use a split mesh.


Step 4: Choose the eye style that will suit your needs.


Step 5: Make sure to have a good estimate on the tension to be applied on the grip. Then establish the required working load and compare this to the listed breaking strength of the grip. This will ensure that the grip will be strong enough to withstand the tension applied.   


This useful guide on choosing the correct cable pulling grip ensures the safety of the installers as well as the fine quality of the network to be installed. It also makes the installation process safe and efficient.