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 ...
7th December 2011, 01:34 PM #16
- Rep Power
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
IDG Tech News
7th December 2011, 01:35 PM #17
Conduit snakes? That's hardcore, what if you get bitten?
Originally Posted by shenley
7th December 2011, 01:40 PM #18
ok... when the ferret and the terrier arrive, pics or it didn't happen!!
7th December 2011, 01:46 PM #19
Originally Posted by JJonas
8th December 2011, 11:29 PM #20
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.
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.
Next came the ferret.
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
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.
I'm hoping we can get one as a permanent member of the team. At last one of my harebrained schemes has worked out.
29 Thanks to CyberNerd:
andy_nic (9th December 2011), DAZZD88 (9th December 2011), difinity (9th December 2011), Dos_Box (30th January 2012), enjay (9th December 2011), gumbygaz (9th December 2011), IrritableTech (9th December 2011), john (9th December 2011), K.C.Leblanc (9th December 2011), korifugi (9th December 2011), lindylou (9th December 2011), linkazoid (8th December 2011), Linux_Nut (9th December 2011), littlehoops (9th December 2011), mwbutler (9th December 2011), netadmin (10th December 2011), newpersn (12th December 2011), Oaktech (9th December 2011), pete (9th December 2011), PICNIC (9th December 2011), plexer (9th December 2011), Pyroman (9th December 2011), Ric_ (17th September 2012), sidewinder (9th December 2011), Soulfish (9th December 2011), synaesthesia (9th December 2011), TechMonkey (9th December 2011), tommej (9th December 2011), webman (9th December 2011)
9th December 2011, 08:31 AM #21
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
9th December 2011, 08:53 AM #22
- Rep Power
Not sure you should have been sticking a dog up there at all, but nice work with the ferret.
9th December 2011, 09:12 AM #23
This is most definitely EPIC!! Made of WIN!!
9th December 2011, 09:12 AM #24
Seriously? I'm just checking the date, is it April 1st!??? This has cheered me up this morning, thanks!!
9th December 2011, 09:24 AM #25
9th December 2011, 09:37 AM #26
9th December 2011, 09:49 AM #27
Brilliant. Ferrets FTW! Love your last photo too, very cute :-)
9th December 2011, 11:23 AM #28
Yay for Ferret power!
Glad it all worked out without any chewed cables! :-)
9th December 2011, 11:27 AM #29
Ezcellent! Could you send it back up towing a feather duster?!
9th December 2011, 11:35 AM #30
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
By tosca925 in forum General Chat
Last Post: 21st November 2011, 05:39 PM
By z4ydi in forum Learning Network Manager
Last Post: 12th May 2010, 11:46 AM
By Joedetic in forum Thin Client and Virtual Machines
Last Post: 18th May 2006, 05:40 PM
By Ueline in forum Wireless Networks
Last Post: 7th December 2005, 12:00 PM
By Frazer in forum Windows
Last Post: 10th October 2005, 11:12 AM
Users Browsing this Thread
There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)