Trying to run cables through a conduit can be a challenging task, especially if the length of the cable covers a long span and the conduit has many bends. Fortunately, cable lubricant was formulated to help make cable pulling easier. Cable lubricant is also known as cable lube, and its primary purpose is to make the pulling of wires and cables through runs convenient. It does so by minimizing the coefficient of friction between cables and conduits, avoiding potential damages to the cable jackets as well as wire insulation. With this product, the process of cable pulling becomes much faster, safer, and smoother.
Cable lubricant comes in different forms and selecting one involves several factors to take into account, particularly your specific application.
The substance is applied to the cables as they are being pulled into and through a conduit. The installer has to lubricate the cable as he installs it in its conduit. Many may wonder whether cable lube is safe given the electrical component of the wires. The good news is that yes, it is safe as they are non-conductive. Also, they are non-toxic, odourless, non-corrosive, and are not harmful to the skin. There is also the concern that cable lubricant can be a workplace hazard when spilled. Thankfully, most cable lubes can be cleaned using mild soap and water only.
In terms of the different types of cable lubricant, there are three major variations. The first one is liquid which is perfect to be used when pulling cables or wires through a conduit that runs vertically or downhill as it is convenient to pour it into the conduit along with the cable.
Cable lubricant is also available in gel form. Unlike liquid lubes, a gel lube does not drip off when applied to wiring or cable before it enters the conduit. Hence, it is great to be used for overhead applications where dripping would be an issue. Lastly, cable lubricant also comes in wax form. It is similar to a gel but it is more tolerant to heat, making it perfect for cable pulling in hot weather locations.