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Over the past 30 years, I've pulled a lot of wires through conduit. Miles and miles of it, it seems Sometimes with a crew, sometimes with just me and another team member. And sometimes by myself … more times than I care to remember. But no matter how many we had, it's always a hassle.

Wire Pulling Made Simpler

Steve Maurer, IME
Over the past 30 years, I've pulled a lot of wires through conduit. Miles and miles of it, it seems
Sometimes with a crew, sometimes with just me and another team member. And sometimes by myself … more times than I care to remember.

But no matter how many we had, it's always a hassle.

Spooling up my wire rack, gathering up the ends and looping them together, and jerking through the conduit never worked perfectly.

Have you ever had one wire drop off the spool and get tangled up?

Yeah … Every. Single. Time.

But that's all changed now. No more tangles, no more kinks. And no more cussin'.
Well, okay. Maybe just a little cussin'. It's part of the game, right?

But the tangles and kinks are a thing of the past.

Here's why.

Enter … the CoilPak™ for easy conductor pulling
Picture, if you will, a fish tape reel with the tape coming out of the center instead of next to the handle.

That's how these CoilPak™ wire payoff reels are constructed, handle included.

No more pushing an EMT stick or wire rack bar through that hole in the spool These puppies lay flat on the ground. And to top it off, you can stack three of them on top of each other, feeding the conductors up through the centers of the packs.

So, stack up a hot, neutral, and ground and you have a complete single-phase circuit. Put several stacks together for multiple circuits and away you go!

The wire is made with what they call the SIMpull® NoLube® wire jacket. That means you don't need to lube up the wires for pulling.

It also means there's no mess at the end to wipe off. Your hands don't get slimy or gooey. And the effort needed to pull it is way less than conventional wire.

Very, very cool.

But, hold on. It gets even better than that.

An entire circuit … in one pack!
Instead of ganging up several packs for one circuit, you can get all the needed conductors in one, single pack.

For example, suppose you're getting ready to pull a 3-phase, 480 VAC run.

You can get all the conductors—brown, orange, yellow, and green—loaded in one CoilPak® from your supplier. If you're pulling two circuits at the same time, you'll only need two packs.

Not spool after spool after spool of wires.

Just might get it all pulled in time for lunch break, right?

The packs can be specified in 2, 3, and 4 wire configurations.

And what you don't use can be quickly and easily spooled back into the pack.

There's even a handy dandy cart made especially for these SIMpull® CoilPaks®. Load them up at the supply room and truck on down to the pulling location.

Believe me, their much easier on the back than carting around spools of wire on a traditional rack.

But what if 250-500 foot coils aren't enough for your run?

What then!

More fun than a barrel of monkeys?
Well, maybe not.

But, a drum of wire might be just what you need.

If you've a lot of circuits to pull and maybe in various locations, a barrel of conductors might just be the ticket. I've seen them available with AWG wire sizes #10, 12, and 14 and up to 7 conductors.
Using a special cart that an attachable wire guide, the conductors payoff right from the barrel. If you've pulled much from spools, you know what a mess it is when a wire or two comes off the spool and wraps around the spindle.

Add to the mix a broken spool or two and you can see how feeding from a drum—like the SIMpull BARREL™ cable drum—makes life easier.

Once pulled, you simply cut loose the excess and feed it back into the barrel.

Like I said, pulling wire is simpler if you use the right tools for the job.

Photo courtesy of Southwire Company
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