Weave the fish tape in a back-and-forth manner through the screws (imagine a sports car in a TV commercial weaving around a straight line of orange cones). Now pull the entire length of tape through the screws, forcing it to weave back & forth just like car in the commercial. It’ll straighten it right out.
What can I use instead of fish tape?
A fish tape is a thin, flexible steel tape, typically 1/4 to 1/2-inch wide, that comes on a large reel, similar to a surveyor’s tape measure. Heavy gauge wire can be used to create a fish tape. Much of the wiring in new construction can be done without it, since the interior of walls and ceilings is still accessible.
Why do electricians use fish tape?
Fish tape is a tool used by electricians primarily for pulling electrical or other wires through conduits. It’s also used for pulling NM wire through walls, ceilings, floors, and other enclosed spaces.
What is electrician snake?
The fish tape, or snake, is an important tool for everything from pulling wires through a pipe to fishing wires from one end of a house to the other above a ceiling in an attic or up several floors through a plumbing chase.
How do you use fish tape under carpet?
Push one end of the fish tape or undercarpet tape under the carpeting, between the carpet and pad, guiding it in the path intended for the wire. If blockage occurs or you experience difficulty pushing the tape through at some point, pull it out and start again.