What Do I Need To Know About a Duct Rodder?

What Do I Need to Know About a Duct Rodder?

Science and technology have massively contributed to the fiber installation industry by facilitating and simplifying the cable threading task. Before the duct rodder was invented, fiber cable installers had to carry out complicated threading jobs which were time-consuming, challenging, and prone to errors. Threading is one of the major sectors in the entire cable installation process, and thanks to duct rodder, threading is more convenient and easier.

What Is a Duct Rodder?

Also known as a fiberglass conduit or duct snake, a duct rodder is cable pulling equipment mainly used for sewer pipes, cable wires, guide ropes and other wall pipes. The rod is made from extruded fiberglass and powerful resin for tensile strength and flexibility. The outer layer is made from high-density UV-resistant polyethylene, which covers and insulates while sliding on the surface. Its resilient and smooth surface allows the piercer to pass easily through the narrow pipeline.

How to Use a Duct Rodder

For maximum efficiency, consider reading the manufacturer’s manual and understand all the safety precautions. You must follow these instructions to prevent damage. Here are the steps to help you use the duct rodder safely.

1. Position the duct rodder where you want the cable to be threaded. Choose a suitable position with plenty of space for movement.

2. Place barriers to mark your working area. You can put warning signs to mark your job area, especially if you’re working in a public place. This helps prevent people from entering your working area during the threading process. Also, make sure you and your crew are wearing the right protective gear, such as gloves, hats, and safety shoes.

3. Lay your rodder horizontally, making sure to fit all parts of the rodder correctly before it enters the conduit. Release the hand brake from the cage and allow it to spin freely. That way, you can also pull it out easily.

4. Pull the head of the rodder out of the cage to thread the rod off its frame. Be careful to avoid breaking any component. Push it slowly into the conduit while ensuring that it fits the opening. Avoid using any force to move the rodder. Once it has successfully reached the other end of the line, apply the brakes to stop the cage from spinning and use a pull line around its head.

5. Pull back the rod into the cage through the opening. Remove the cable from the duct and store your rodder properly with the rod fully covered inside the cage, and you’re all done!

What Are the Benefits of a Duct Rodder?

  • Saves time
  • Highly efficient
  • Reduces errors
  • Saves energy 
  • Made of durable materials to last long
  • Used by large companies to meet client and industry expectations

Ready to Simplify Your Trenchless Technology with Duct Rodders?

The duct rodder can be an essential piece of equipment for simplifying your pipe placement project. To learn how to maximize this vital equipment for your projects, you can connect with us at Trenchless Equipment, and we will be happy to answer your questions.

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