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Dude!!! I completely missed this story and I LOVE it! I have dreamed of how to construct a PVC system in a future home build (dream home that is). The only thing I had imagined that I don't see in yours would be to run fishing line with washers on either end to and from various locations. When you have a new wire to run, you link to the link with a new line at the other end and feed it through. You're wire is run and you have the line in place for the next addition. You already had high tech-respect from me but this takes you to a new level.

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That's a really good idea. Something thin and strong. I'd probably change out the washer for a pulley on each end maybe. I couldn't quite figure out out to leave a line in there, but that's clever.

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AJ that was a great story and I definitely appreciate your sharing your experiences with us.

IndyLux your idea sounds great but I just can't visualize it. Would each fishing line be a one time use run that simply gets pulled through with the new run of whatever new cable you need?

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OK, let's use a three room example. Each room is labeled A, B, C and each room is connected by PVC. In the pipe going from room A to B, you run a fishing line. The washer/ring/whatever in room A has 'To B' on it and the end in room B has 'To A' on it. This pattern continues for each room to room connection. When you're ready to run a new wire from A to B, you hook the line to the new wire AND a replacement labeled line in room A. These two are pulled through by the original line in room B with the 'To A' line. When you're done, you have the new wire as well as a new running line ready for future expansion. You never have to 'feed' any wires again, you're always pulling which is easier.

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An electricians fish tape would probably go through the PVC conduit easy enough to pull more wires, but leaving behind a line to pull the next wire is a nice idea too. Just don't let it get wound around the wire you pulled it with (like a twisted pair) or you won't be able to pull it through the next time.

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The other thing I was wonder as I was talking with Chris earlier is whether the monofilament that he was talking about would bee sharp enough that it might cut into the insulation on another cable. There is a certain amount of pressure that is applied when pulling cables, which could very well be enough to slice into the thin outer insulation of a cat5 cable.

That said, the extra wire idea sounds like a good one.

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