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    Cabling with Ferrets and other small mammals.

    Hi All,

    Does anyone have experience cabling using a ferret and a dog?

    We need to pull some fibre along a 90ft length of box section. We usually use year 7 students for tight cable runs, but this time the height can be as low as 4-5 inches in places.
    The plan is to tie string to them, put them in the box section and coax them out with food.
    Will this work with an untrained ferret? I think the dog may be too big for it.

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    IIRC, someone on here used their groundsmans dog to pull a draw cord.

    Small radio controlled car with fishing line tied to a heavier line and then to the cable? Bonus points for putting a wireless camera on the front and lighting to detect blockages.

    If it's a straight run (I assume not though?) a speargun works.

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    I dont know if it will work but i would love to see it :-)

    we used to use an extendible washing line poll or a tennis ball and string, miss those days with my head in the celling.

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    Radio controlled car is an interesting idea, and we did think about using a cable gun. The problem is that the cable tray is really uneven because it already has huge electrical cables in it, and there isn't enough headroom for a cable gun. A ferret and a skye terrier puppy is arriving tomorrow afternoon. I'm not confident it will be very productive, but I know it's going to be difficult with cable rods.

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    All I know is that, despite it's name - Cats are completely useless with Cat5e/Cat6

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    Just hope the ferret doesn't get hungry half way and decide to try eating the other cables

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    I wanna see pictures of this.... (if it works)

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    If you do this, can you attach cameras to the ferret and the dog - that would make for an awesome film!

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    Can't wait for the "how do you get a ferret out of a cable duct" thread

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    Sounds like it could work. Just dont feed a ferret for that day and put some tasty stong smelling food at the end of the cable run. It should just bolt down it to the food if it's like any other ferret I know!

    +1 on attaching a camera and recording :-)
    Last edited by arwen; 7th December 2011 at 11:51 AM. Reason: spelling

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    A ferret and a skye terrier puppy is arriving tomorrow afternoon.
    One question - what happens if the dog catches up with the ferret?

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    Leaving the ferrets out of this for a moment, I've seen this done by attaching some form of balloon to the cable and blowing it down the duct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enjay View Post
    One question - what happens if the dog catches up with the ferret?
    According to this technical documentation I found you need to send down a goat.

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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.
    I cannot give enough rep points for that comment, pure genius!!

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