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wire comparisons

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by Mike M, Jan 4, 2008.

  1. Mike M

    Mike M LawnSite Bronze Member
    from usa
    Posts: 1,946

    Thanks guys. Billy, very good ideas, I'll order the Cast one. I started paying attention and writing notes for the exact feet for each run as well, as indicated on the wire. This is a cool feature. Easy to strip off for multiple runs this way, plus a sure way to know if you have enough left on a spool to make it.

    Does anyone just keep spools on the truck and strip off what they need? I figured if I use a long rope/tape measure tool and use wire that has the feet indicated, I can strip off what I need. In my calculation of feet, I'll determine a good percentage to add on for actual use, taking into consideration all the imperfections inside the trench.
  2. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,102

    Mike. I use a LOT of wire here. Big sites eat it up. I buy all my 12/2 wire on 1000' (300 meter) spools. I then have one spool mounted in the back of my trailer and I keep one on a set of Rack-A-Tiers for moving around the site. This way I can set the big spool down at the transformer and spool off as much wire as I need in any direction. It works really well and I have very little waste at the end of the day.

    I used to use 250' (75 meter) spools but often found I was left with 'ends' that were not long enough to be useful. This just ended up as waste.

    Have a great day.
  3. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,933

    Unique Wire In A Box! Great wire on a spinner marked by the foot.

    we used to make those spinners back in the old days. You can just go to home depot and make one. You need a lazy susan and a 1/2 pipe with a flat fitting. super easy to make and very cheap. Problem is they dont have a break so the spool keeps spinning causing the cable to backlash, I'm sure Billy has this problem all the time with his fishing reels!! And they corrode and stop working after getting wet a few times.

    Those rackateer racks are pretty cool too. Of course now we dont need those old things, the wire in the box solves all issues. we can stack the boxes and pull as many runs at once as we want. Most of you will probably cry about the price because cheaper tends to better for most when it comes to wire but for those who dont mind spending a few extra bucks this is the way to go. Buying it by the pallet makes it cheaper I am sure. We only make it in 10ga. Email me or PM me if you guys want more info.

    Joey D.
  4. NightScenes

    NightScenes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,209

    Don't you mean 12 ga. Joey?
  5. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,933

    Yes, sorry. I meant 12ga. I know a bunch of you wire pigs were getting all excited!! LOL Thanks Paul!!
  6. NightScenes

    NightScenes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,209

    I'm not a pig, I'm a full fledged hog, thank you very much!!
  7. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,933

    LOL.....I remember watching you eat ribs in austin!!
  8. NightScenes

    NightScenes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,209

    I had a rack tonight as a matter of fact.
  9. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,933

    mmmm sounds good. I enjoyed some El Pollo Loco!!
  10. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,181

    rope and tape measures will slow you down... plan a spool or 2 at the trans and start whipping our your runs all at once. Start with the longest run. If I set up a work area on site I keep a spool of 16 nearby for leads and such. I have tried your tape measure idea for making leads and doing T's but it slows you down with all the trips back and forth.

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