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Tips for Replacing drops quickly?

Started by Rombus, May 24, 2007, 10:38:52 pm

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Rombus

So we found out recently that we will be required to run our own drops in most cases rather than getting the sub working and getting a contractor to replace it later. Not a major problem with me, since i used to run them myself in most cases anyway, but im kinda slow at it.

So does anyone have any tips on how to run drops quickly? I seem to average about 45-50 min per drop but our supervisors seem to think an "Average" drop will take 30 min.
Rombus (AKA Rick)
RNOC Surveillance Specialist
TWC - Midwest Region
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CableDaddy3

Take everything with you. Hangers, clamps, zip ties, tags, etc. Be efficient. If you must go back to the truck, take something back with you. Ladder, spool, or garbage. If the drop is running through trees, tie on to the old one and pull the new one through. Just take your time and do it right at first, the speed will come.
Quote from: dj4man on February 10, 2008, 03:14:22 pm
I feel like every day I worked as a contractor was a day stolen from me.

Quote from: CableTool on December 18, 2007, 01:53:02 pm
They have like.. yellow crumbely crap on em? And smell odd.
In any event, tonight Ill clean em up and give one a whirl...

http://adam-tech.blogspot.com/

gar187er

span clamps?!!? LMAO....round here no one, and i mean no one uses them...we just tie off with the messenger wire......

had a beauty the other day in downtown smyrna (smer-nah)....house has on the courner of a four way intersection, came from side of the subs house, across the street to a midspan...then down that midspan across the street (caddy corner from the house), tied off at that pole, then took a 90 turn going down the street away from the house to the tap.....great engineering on this design!!!


best tip to increase your time, is dont carry the windex with you like some other techs do.....

CableDaddy3

Quote from: gar187er on May 25, 2007, 09:05:47 am
span clamps?!!? LMAO....round here no one, and i mean no one uses them...we just tie off with the messenger wire......



Is it that you aren't issued any, or choose not to use them? The reason I ask is because a 2-2-4 or a 3-3-5 wrap can damage the cable minutely and cause jitter and echo on voip. Plus they make pulling up long spans of cable tons easier.  :naughty:
Quote from: dj4man on February 10, 2008, 03:14:22 pm
I feel like every day I worked as a contractor was a day stolen from me.

Quote from: CableTool on December 18, 2007, 01:53:02 pm
They have like.. yellow crumbely crap on em? And smell odd.
In any event, tonight Ill clean em up and give one a whirl...

http://adam-tech.blogspot.com/

slacker05

i agree with wowtech with one amendment.  take pride in your work.  as for speed, i have good days and bad.  some days you're in a groove, and others you're not.  no biggie.
Slacker: Always.

CCT5, Keystone

Quote from: sleepinwitdcablguy on December 23, 2007, 04:53:14 pm
I wish stupid hurt. 

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slacker05

oh and if you're hanging .320 by yourself (or with someone) don't rush or you'll most likely screw up your cable or yourself.  i can't seem to hang it and not start bleeding no matter how careful i am.
Slacker: Always.

CCT5, Keystone

Quote from: sleepinwitdcablguy on December 23, 2007, 04:53:14 pm
I wish stupid hurt. 

Quote from: Decoy on September 20, 2010, 10:25:36 am
In the pursuit of numbers customer service suffers.

Magic

Quote from: wowtech on May 25, 2007, 12:02:17 pm
a 2-2-4 or a 3-3-5 wrap can damage the cable minutely and cause jitter and echo on voip.


what kinda span clamps are you guys using?  the ones we get here for drop cable you still have to tie the cable off to it.  and those last 3-5 wraps around the messenger and cable arent tied off like you are tying a tourniquet.
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CableDaddy3

Not sure what kind we use, but the messenger does tie around the clamp, but no tension on the cable like with the wraps.
Quote from: dj4man on February 10, 2008, 03:14:22 pm
I feel like every day I worked as a contractor was a day stolen from me.

Quote from: CableTool on December 18, 2007, 01:53:02 pm
They have like.. yellow crumbely crap on em? And smell odd.
In any event, tonight Ill clean em up and give one a whirl...

http://adam-tech.blogspot.com/

Magic

Μολὼν λαβέ - Molōn labe - ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ - Come and take them!

Brothers Outlaw - "Always outnumbered, never outgunned"

CableTool

We use S-Clips to hold the messenger to the cable. We do not wrap messenger anymore..

gar187er

we have pigtails, but very few people carry span clamps with them.....i make sure to wrap it putting the least amount of tension around the actual cable it self....couple times around the piggy then ill criss cross it, to reverse it so it locks it slef out then, then around the cable, and back over....

pshakcommtech

I try to do everything on the pole side down at the van. I pull the messenger back, make my loop, put the fitting and tag on it, and then I tie it off on the span clamp. I find it easier to do all that on the ground. Then, I pull it up the ladder with me and just clamp the span clamp on and hook it up at the tap. I'd say it probably takes me about 15 - 20 mins. to get a drop up (going from the pole straight to the house). Multiple poles are a little longer.
"Eat with the lions, swim with pirhanna's"

steelhead78

Quote from: slacker05 on May 25, 2007, 02:45:30 pm
oh and if you're hanging .320 by yourself (or with someone) don't rush or you'll most likely screw up your cable or yourself.  i can't seem to hang it and not start bleeding no matter how careful i am.


Ditto. :duh:
Comcast- Blairsville, PA

This is like a think-tank of nothing.

travis2144

so you are saying for a midspan you just wrap around the strand? 

CableDaddy3

I'm talking about drop hangers, not span clamps. We all need some sort of hook or clamp to attach the drop to the line. I'd like to see a pic of an S-Clip. I'll try and get a pic of our drop hangers.
Quote from: dj4man on February 10, 2008, 03:14:22 pm
I feel like every day I worked as a contractor was a day stolen from me.

Quote from: CableTool on December 18, 2007, 01:53:02 pm
They have like.. yellow crumbely crap on em? And smell odd.
In any event, tonight Ill clean em up and give one a whirl...

http://adam-tech.blogspot.com/