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Old 25 July 2013, 06:19   #1
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Cable Routing, through A-Frame

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Ever since I got my Valiant the Garmin GPS was claiming "Antenna Input Shorted" having trawled around I'm reasonable sure the cable is to blame (I can see some pretty bad twists and even a nearly exposed wire). I can actually get a new antenna and cable from eBay for 35ish so I think I'm going to go for that.

My question is, how does everyone route the cables through the a-frame? Are there any special methods, tips etc.?

I work in IT so can get hold of some Rods we use for Cat-5 cabling but not sure if they would be strong enough.

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I did mine by rigging a temporary lazy line onto old cables and feeding cables in from the top.


Gafftaping to the old cable might work.I used it to attach my lazy line to the old cable but I had 5 old cables to use if needed. If it lets go you're in trouble.
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I did mine by rigging a temporary lazy line onto old cables and feeding cables in from the top.


Gafftaping to the old cable might work.I used it to attach my lazy line to the old cable but I had 5 old cables to use if needed. If it lets go you're in trouble.
Ooh, that sounds plausible! I'll need to get another look at to see how much space I've got to play with.

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I used burgee halyard as lazy line btw. Use as thick as you can get away with, and smooth the join to the cable with tape or it'll snag.
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I used burgee halyard as lazy line btw. Use as thick as you can get away with, and smooth the join to the cable with tape or it'll snag.
Got it, cheers.
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I find just shoving the wire in works, then using a small bit of steel wire with a little hook on the end to fish it out the other end. Lots of trial and error!
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I find just shoving the wire in works, then using a small bit of steel wire with a little hook on the end to fish it out the other end. Lots of trial and error!
Well that was originally going to be my plan! But since I'll be pulling the old wire out anyway using it to route a lazy line through at the same time might save me some time (and anger) later on.
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Well that was originally going to be my plan! But since I'll be pulling the old wire out anyway using it to route a lazy line through at the same time might save me some time (and anger) later on.
Pull another lazy line in when you pull in the new antenna cable, tie it off & leave it in for next time.
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Pull another lazy line in when you pull in the new antenna cable, tie it off & leave it in for next time.
Good idea, thanks.
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I use either the inner of a 33c cable, or a length of net curtain wire, this has the added advantage of being able to have a screw eye in the end of it.
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