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Old 01-21-2017, 09:41 PM   #1
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Anyone know of a use for a broken fish tape?

Mine broke and I was going to just throw it away but thought I remembered seeing where they could be used for something but can't remember what.
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Old 01-21-2017, 09:47 PM   #2
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Short pieces are always handy for small things. I had a few 16" lengths with different hooks bent on the ends for grabbing a fish tape in a wall cavity and other such uses, a 6' piece just to make a ceiling from a box in 8' ceilings, etc. Waste not want not.
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I mainly use a piece of metal snake that is about 12' long to do my fishing. So I keep a couple that length coiled up for that purpose. Remember, each time you coil it up, do so in the opposite direction so it stays pretty straight.
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Anyone know of a use for a broken fish tape?

Mine broke and I was going to just throw it away but thought I remembered seeing where they could be used for something but can't remember what.
I'm not sure what you mean by "broken" I routinely cut pieces of my fish tape off for various reasons. If you are referring to the winder, I didn't know such a thing existed working with my father. I remember using a 2' piece of greenfield as a fish tape mamagement system.
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I'm not sure what you mean by "broken" I routinely cut pieces of my fish tape off for various reasons. If you are referring to the winder, I didn't know such a thing existed working with my father. I remember using a 2' piece of greenfield as a fish tape mamagement system.
I still use that system for the 100'-200' sizes!
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I've been having trouble with it for a while. When it is wound up some of it will spring out the side of the housing. Then when you try to let it out to use it again it hangs and won't release. I've pulled it all the way out a couple of times and cleaned/oiled it and wound it back. It works good for a while then repeats the process.

I work mostly by myself so I have no one to help hold it to get it out. I usually hook the end to something solid and pull until it releases. That's what happened when it broke. I hooked it on something and started to pull and the hook broke off. I guess that was it's limit on doing that.

I probably could heat the end and make a new hook but I'm tired of spending half an hour trying to unhang it everytime I use it.
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Just take your Klein's and bend a hook. No need to make the fancy factory hook
I've never heated up a tape to make a new Hook.
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Just take your Klein's and bend a hook. No need to make the fancy factory hook
I've never heated up a tape to make a new Hook.
Now here you go trying to make me feel bad for already justifying getting a new stainless steel tape!
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Now here you go trying to make me feel bad for already justifying getting a new stainless steel tape!
Ahh man. If I knew you were a fellow tool whore, I would have kept quite. Sorry
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I've been having trouble with it for a while. When it is wound up some of it will spring out the side of the housing. Then when you try to let it out to use it again it hangs and won't release. I've pulled it all the way out a couple of times and cleaned/oiled it and wound it back. It works good for a while then repeats the process.

I work mostly by myself so I have no one to help hold it to get it out. I usually hook the end to something solid and pull until it releases. That's what happened when it broke. I hooked it on something and started to pull and the hook broke off. I guess that was it's limit on doing that.

I probably could heat the end and make a new hook but I'm tired of spending half an hour trying to unhang it every time I use it.
when you uncoil it, take the snake out of the casing. Set up a wood 2x4 with nails every 6 inches down entire length in strait line , weave the snake in and out of the strait line of nails, pull snake length thru nails in each direction 3 or 4 times. This takes all the little kinks, bends and everything out of snake and returns it to near new condition. You can also weave it in and out of uni-strut for same results. Snake will get easier to pull thru nails after a couple runs. Hope this helps.

BTW, save anything shorter than 10 foot, put in drill and use to break up ice in frozen conduits
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Take a piece of 3/4" Liquid tight flex about 10" long and run the tape through that. Size up how big you want the coil, and tape the free end back to itself. Roll it up that way! When you get to the end, use your Kliens and bend a new end on it. Doesn't have to be perfect. Tape the free end of that to form a loop..

Throw the case in the nearest dumpster...
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when you uncoil it, take the snake out of the casing. Set up a wood 2x4 with nails every 6 inches down entire length in strait line , weave the snake in and out of the strait line of nails, pull snake length thru nails in each direction 3 or 4 times. This takes all the little kinks, bends and everything out of snake and returns it to near new condition. You can also weave it in and out of uni-strut for same results. Snake will get easier to pull thru nails after a couple runs. Hope this helps.

BTW, save anything shorter than 10 foot, put in drill and use to break up ice in frozen conduits
And obviously attach the 2 X 4 to something really solid before pulling the fishtape through the nails.

Or, if you don't fasten it down, please post a video of the what happens.
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Now here you go trying to make me feel bad for already justifying getting a new stainless steel tape!
A true tool whore would have one of each type by their favorite brands.

Just saying.

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Just take your Klein's and bend a hook. No need to make the fancy factory hook
I've never heated up a tape to make a new Hook.
Either you make large hook ends or I make small ones, never had much luck bending a new hook without heat, the tape just snaps off.
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Either you make large hook ends or I make small ones, never had much luck bending a new hook without heat, the tape just snaps off.
Me neither. It doesn't even take a minute to get it red.
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Me neither. It doesn't even take a minute to get it red.
Thanks, thought it was just me.
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If you bend about 4' of PVC into a circle but leave a few inches between the ends, you can put a broken off piece of the steel tape in there and it works great.
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Somewhat related ..... to straighten out those kinked up fishes, place a piece of strut in a vise, weave the fish through it ,and pull back forth, some WD helps....~CS~
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Somewhat related ..... to straighten out those kinked up fishes, place a piece of strut in a vise, weave the fish through it ,and pull back forth, some WD helps....~CS~
Late to the party, refer to post #10.


"Set up a wood 2x4 with nails every 6 inches down entire length in strait line , weave the snake in and out of the strait line of nails, pull snake length thru nails in each direction 3 or 4 times. This takes all the little kinks, bends and everything out of snake and returns it to near new condition. You can also weave it in and out of uni-strut for same results. Snake will get easier to pull thru nails after a couple runs. Hope this helps."
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Now here you go trying to make me feel bad for already justifying getting a new stainless steel tape!
Stainless is a game changer. They are getting harder to find.
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