How To Properly Use And Care For Your Pull Tape
Pull tape can often be mistaken with fish tape, which is actually a different kind of tool used when working with cables through a conduit, a tube that helps protect cables from getting exposed and from interference. It is often mistaken for fish tape because it also has a flat woven shape that mostly serves as a replacement to polypropylene rope. With its design, pull tape offers a lower coefficient of friction that drastically reduces the chance of burn, which commonly happens with ropes.
Due to the wide range of pulling tape available, as well as the myriad of variables involved, there is no one size fits all pulling tape that will fit all kinds of projects.
In addition to selecting the right size and length, you have to also pay attention to its proper care and use.
Here are some ways on how to do it:
Avoid excess loading and other extreme conditions
Excess loading can often lead to damage as well as sudden or extreme stress, high temperatures, and too long loading periods. Other factors that can cause the problem are incorrect usage and improper storage.
Store it properly
Most pulling tapes have a lower tensile strength at elevated temperatures and prolonged exposure can cause permanent damage. This is why it is very important that you store it in a secure, dry location away from direct heat or sunlight.
Avoid exposure to chemicals
Just like fish tapes, pull tapes are also prone to damage when exposed to certain acids and alkalis. So, extra caution is needed when using the tape around locations where chemicals are possible to cause damage.
Abrasive surfaces and sharp edges can damage your pulling tape and when there are worn areas, the tensile strength of the tape would be compromised. So, in order to keep the safety of using pulling tape, you can protect it by using chafing gear around the tape.