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Old 09-10-2014, 10:33 AM
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I've run a string thru the rigging tube on my boat. The damn connector end on my lowrance HDI 'ducer is about 1/2-3/4" in diameter. I've got the string around it and am able to pull it about 90% through to the console then it gets hung up on something.

What are ya'all's home solutions to getting this done? I can't reach down the rigging tube or even look down it, so I'm doing this mostly by feel in contorted positions.

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and I get frustrated easily because i'm still recovering from the damn flu.
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If ALL else fails cut the end off and splice it back on. Sometimes if you use something stiffer than string it helps. Are you taping the connector to the string so it stays straight?
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Old 09-10-2014, 10:52 AM
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Guessing connector is getting slightly off center and catching on something. Pull a smaller wire thru with the string then strip wire and wrap around base of connector (adds strength to pull). Put end of wire to face of connector and wrap with electrical tape so forms one long wire with a sort of torpedo in middle. Should come thru easier now. Make sure pull wire is strong so can give a good pull if needed.
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I use a wire or electricians fish tape ..and then tape the connector to it so that no sharp edges are present..and also lube it so it has less friction.
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Old 09-10-2014, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by VanW View Post
If ALL else fails cut the end off and splice it back on. Sometimes if you use something stiffer than string it helps. Are you taping the connector to the string so it stays straight?
ye, taped it so that it stays straight.




I see what you mean about folding the connector so that it's further down and pull from a point on the wire rather than directly on the connector. if I have enough cable for that I'll certainly try it.
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Old 09-10-2014, 11:27 AM
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Use lots of lubricant! and get someone to help, one person on each end. Pull forward and back to see if you can get it pass the hang up/
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Old 09-10-2014, 01:01 PM
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The things that the transducers get hung up n the most when I do installs are usually zip ties that the manufacturer put in behind the wall. If you can try what everyone else is suggesting and ask someone else for help while you are doing it, and also if you are getting too frustrated with it just walk away for a bit.

I have worked with some Basscat boats that I thought for sure that I wasn't going to be able to run a transducer through but sure enough with patience and refishing my fish tape through a few different places, I found a spot where there wasn't any resistance. Sometimes center console boats are the toughest ones, especially with all the cables running to the console. As for lubricant, try spray on silicone, you can spray as you go instead of getting it all over your hands, at least until the cable is the whole way through.


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I make a circle with a short piece of rope or twine and double loop the plug on the ducer, then I tape the loops so that they are at 180* from each other, I then tie the end of the double looped twine to my pull cord. This keeps the plug straight and helps it from snagging things. I used to work in a cable factory running machines that applied various stuff to the cables and this was how I got my cable into and through the machine.

I hope this isn't to confusing, it is the best way I can explain it.
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Old 09-11-2014, 10:56 AM
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wire lube from home depot. and a snake.you may have to try the snake in a few different spots to get the cable through.two people will make it easier.if you can't get it through you can cut the end off but leave some lenght to it so you can splice it
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You need LUBE. Electricians use it all the time. Should do the trick. Somtimes just spraying it down real well with silicon will do the trick.

Just do not use TOO MUCH force, as you may cause damage to some items that can really cause you headaches.
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