What Is a Fish Tape?

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You’ve probably heard the term fish tape, but what in the world is it? Actually, it’s an ingeniously simple tool that electricians use to pull wire through electrical conduits. A fish tape is long, thin, flat steel wire wound up inside a donut-shaped wheel with a sturdy handle. That explains part of the name, but what about the fish part? The fish part comes from the fact that it’s nearly impossible to push a wire through conduit. You must first “fish” the tape through the conduit. At the other end, usually at an electrical box, you attach the wires to the fish tape in order to pull them through the conduit. (A conduit is a metal or plastic pipe similar to plumbing pipe but used only for protecting electrical wiring.)


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