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General Chat Thread, Cabling with Ferrets and other small mammals. in General; Ferrets have been used for years for laying cables Ferrets save millennium concert I first heard about them when Prince ...
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    Ferrets have been used for years for laying cables Ferrets save millennium concert I first heard about them when Prince Charles married Diana and the BBC needed to thread cables down a pipe.

    When I've had to do this, I've used conduit rods or a conduit snake. These are cheap to hire Cobra Conduit Duct Rods - Aughton Hire

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    Quote Originally Posted by shenley View Post
    When I've had to do this, I've used conduit rods or a conduit snake.
    Conduit snakes? That's hardcore, what if you get bitten?

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    ok... when the ferret and the terrier arrive, pics or it didn't happen!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJonas View Post
    According to this technical documentation I found you need to send down a goat.
    Superb!

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    Cool Success

    Well, we gave it a try. It's a fairly long run and we divided into 3 parts. The first, shortest path we used cable rods. These proved difficult, and as predicted they kept getting stuck under existing cables etc. We could do about 2M runs, but anything further took too long removing panels and getting the rods out.

    Cabling with Ferrets and other small mammals.-corridor.jpg

    We then tried a dog. We 'enticed' him into the roof cavity, but getting him on top of the cable tray just wasn't going to happen. ended up just wandering around the roof, whimpering a bit.
    His owner thought he'd be right up for it, and had the roof space been higher, I suspect he'd have scampered right to the end.

    Cabling with Ferrets and other small mammals.-dog.jpg

    Next came the ferret.

    Cabling with Ferrets and other small mammals.-ferret.jpg

    We didn't have particularly high hopes for this little chap, we figured he's just wander back and forth, chew the cables and get himself strung up somewhere in the cavity.

    All we needed him to do was wander along the cable tray

    Cabling with Ferrets and other small mammals.-cable_run.jpg

    and He did it!!!
    Not only did he go down the first run, he came back, went down it again, came back and then went down it again - eventually we managed to grab him, retrived the string, attach a rope then pull the fibre through.
    Whats more, he repeated the effort on the third run - there was no tangling whatsoever and the cable pulled through more easily on the runs ferretface did than the one we did with rods.

    Cabling with Ferrets and other small mammals.-ferret_in_ducting.jpg


    I'm hoping we can get one as a permanent member of the team. At last one of my harebrained schemes has worked out.

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    That is absolutely fantastic - I'd heard of this before but never actually seen it in action! What a fantastic thread to end the week with

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    Not sure you should have been sticking a dog up there at all, but nice work with the ferret.

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    This is most definitely EPIC!! Made of WIN!!

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    Seriously? I'm just checking the date, is it April 1st!??? This has cheered me up this morning, thanks!!

    Pete

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    Nice one. love ferrets

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    AMAZING.

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    Brilliant. Ferrets FTW! Love your last photo too, very cute :-)

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    Yay for Ferret power!

    Glad it all worked out without any chewed cables! :-)

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    Ezcellent! Could you send it back up towing a feather duster?!

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    this has really cheered me up - great start to a Friday. Superb work by the Ferret. What was his name anyways??

    The dog bit reminds me when our next door neighbour put her Border Terrier in the loft to catch some mice, he'd made his way into our loft through the eaves and fell through our loft hatch - scared the crap out of me and my Bullie at the time (arch-enemy of the Border Terrier) thought it was a gift from the gods!! lol

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