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Old 04-20-2010, 10:47 PM   #1
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Years ago when I was doing primarily commercial work, a coworker showed me a homemade 250 ft romex dispenser, now that I am doing primarily residential work I was hoping someone out there knows what i'm talking about.

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I made one that works great for NM and BX. I'll have to take a picture of it.

Its one side of a wire reel. about 18" round I think. Took some chain that will allow a 1/2 20 X 1 1/2 or 2" through it. Bolt 3 runs to the reel in a triangle and join them about a foot long and attach them too 1 chain about 3' with a swivel hook. Throw some wire over a rafter and hang.

I have even run 2 reels of 12-2 BX at the same time.


Looks like this, only homemade...


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Another homemade simply way to run a roll of wire is to use a plastic milk crate and put the reel inside with a 3/4" pvc pipe going through the center. Only have one roll in each crate but cheaper than a set of racketeers.
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Another homemade simply way to run a roll of wire is to use a plastic milk crate and put the reel inside with a 3/4" pvc pipe going through the center. Only have one roll in each crate but cheaper than a set of racketeers.
That's good for a reel, but I think they are talking about a coil of wire.

http://www.hardwareandtools.com/Wire...n-6551659.html
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Cant you just pull the romex from the middle of the reel? IDK in not a

romex guy! It works for tie wire!
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I have had one of these for about ten years and it has been great. The best stud mount dispenser in my opinion:

http://www.j-kproducts.com/Foldable_Studreel_css.html

It folds up really nice for storage.

There is a guy selling them for half price on ebay right now: (7 Left)

http://cgi.ebay.com/StudReel-stud-re...item20b033e04f

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Take a kids Slinky and tie one end to a tree, take the other end and keep walking till all the loops are egg shaped.

That is how romex looks when hacks pull it out from center of the coil.

Taking (10) coils of romex off the spool and walking it out is the best way if you don't have a gizmo like the ones pictured here.
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I have had one of these for about ten years and it has been great. The best stud mount dispenser in my opinion:

http://www.j-kproducts.com/Foldable_Studreel_css.html

It folds up really nice for storage.

There is a guy selling them for half price on ebay right now: (7 Left)

http://cgi.ebay.com/StudReel-stud-re...item20b033e04f

That's great and I would love to order one, but the only issue is that it doesn't seem to be useable on the floor. Many times I need to pull out Romex in finished space with no exposed studs so I would like the option of setting the dispenser on the floor.
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That's great and I would love to order one, but the only issue is that it doesn't seem to be useable on the floor. Many times I need to pull out Romex in finished space with no exposed studs so I would like the option of setting the dispenser on the floor.
Yea, that is an issue I have had in the past. I would still recommend one though; I've used mine in more attics than I could ever count. The floor models would be a bit of a pain to use in an attic. Also in new construction I have mounted it up high and used it in places a floor model would not have worked well.

I guess the most versatile tool set would have to include both a stud mount and a floor dispenser. I actually ended up making my own floor dispenser out of chain and rigid conduit; I made it tough enough to handle 250' MC Cable rolls.
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This one here comes with both a stud mount and floor mount. But it is not as beefy as the one you showed.

http://www.amazon.com/Carlon-WK7203-...8&sr=8-3-spell

This is the same one that macmikeman says he goes thru in a year, altho a year of heavy use isn't too bad for a $50 product. It definitely saves way more than $50 in labor costs.
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I wear those ones out in less than a year. I made a plywood version about twenty years ago with a $4 castor for the only purchased part and it is still going strong but all the store bought ones gave out after a while.
you must burn the sheath off of the romex that you rope houses that fast. There isnt much to 'wear out' on those, unless you just plain ole mis treat em.

The one on my truck is 2 years old and still works just fine. It would have been 3 years, but I somehow lost the first one - or it walked away.

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This one here comes with both a stud mount and floor mount. But it is not as beefy as the one you showed.

http://www.amazon.com/Carlon-WK7203-...8&sr=8-3-spell

This is the same one that macmikeman says he goes thru in a year, altho a year of heavy use isn't too bad for a $50 product. It definitely saves way more than $50 in labor costs.
These are what I have and love them. I have had 4 of them for about 5 years and have had no problems. I have used the stud mount brackets but mainly use the floor stand. They work well for both Romex and MC cable.
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These are what I have and love them. I have had 4 of them for about 5 years and have had no problems. I have used the stud mount brackets but mainly use the floor stand. They work well for both Romex and MC cable.
Good, I am going to order one then, thanks.

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