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Klein Tools 56001 50-Feet Depth finder High Strength 1/8-Inch Wide Steel Fish Tape
Size Name: 1/8" x .045 x 50'Change
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 2012
Size Name: 1/8" x .045 x 50'Verified Purchase
I've been "getting by" with a jumble of wire coat hangers that I had straightened, twisted and taped together. Finally, I stuck a crowbar in my wallet and bought this fish tape. The first time I used it, I knew it was worth every penny I spent on it. I had the coax cable fished from the basement up through an exterior wall (complete with fiberglass insulation) in less than a minute. As they say in Australia, "no dramas". If I never use it again (and I most certainly will), this is one purchase that has already paid for itself based on the frustrating experience I didn't have. Get one, and you'll never regret it! To address the issues some other purchasers mentioned, I had no problems either unrolling it or rolling it back up. It was a little stiff as I would expect from a brand new item, but not excessively so. This is a quality product.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2012
Size Name: 1/8" x .045 x 50'Verified Purchase
I bought this fish tape because I had to wire my office. Overall, the unit itself is well-made and very sturdy. The only problem I found with it was that it was REALLY, REALLY stiff extracting and retracting. At first I thought maybe because it was new so I extended it out and in several times but no improvement. I was going to return it to Amazon for a refund when I decided to try loosening the four (4) screws attaching the left and right sides. I played with different depths and even had to replace one screw (it was woefully too short) with a longer one I had). After these minor adjustments, it works fine now. I didn't give it 5 stars because I thought it would work fine "right-out-of-the-box". But, since I was able to solve the problem, I'm happy with the product.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2012
Size Name: 1/8" x .045 x 50'Verified Purchase
I have used this steel fish several times since I purchased it to run some wires in the house. The build is nice with higher quality housing. Steel fish is strong yet flexible for maneuvering through tighter places. The loop at the end of the fish is great too with its curved and coiled end.

Amazon had the best price I found online while researching my purchase.

I am not a pro- just a DIY'er that uses this somewhat often.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2013
Size Name: 1/8" x .045 x 50'Verified Purchase
Like a number of others, I could not get this tape to underwind past 8ft the first time. I unscrewed the cover and then spent a 1/2 hour untangling the "slinky" mess. Once I had the tape uncoiled, I reassembled the cover and wound the tape back. It seems better now, although still stiff. I would have liked a larger handle to make uncoiling this beast easier. Overall the tape is strong and the price was right for DYI work. I would improve this product by making the case and handle larger and also make the reeling process smoother. I am sure the price would go up, but it would be a better product overall.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2012
Size Name: 1/8" x .045 x 50'Verified Purchase
I've gone through 2000' of Cat6 since buying this tape, so I've given it a bit of a workout. It replaces a 1/4" tape that I was perpetually borrowing from our maintenance guy, and I think if I had it to do again I would look for a wider tape (although this being small and lightweight is nice when adding it to an already heavy tool bag). The hook has unbent itself, and the tape does have a tendency to bend instead of flex if you hit a kink. I bent the hook back in place with just pliers, but next time I'm near a torch I'll heat it up to hopefully set it a little better. The foot markings are pretty handy. I pulled through a run that was 47', so the markings let me know how lucky I was to have enough tape :P

For a single project or home use this will work great. For more than that I would look for something a bit more heavy duty.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2014
Size Name: 1/8" x .045 x 50'
There's nothing fun about running cable in pre-existing walls. I wanted to run some cat-6 cable from my downstairs home theater area to the networking panel where my router is located. Originally, I was going to run ethernet cable to every room, but after this one task, I've decided to that wireless will be sufficient for the rest of the house. Getting the cable through the exterior wall, through studs, around and through insulation was the most curse-inducing task I've ever run across as a homeowner.

The fish tape wasn't a godsend, but it definitely helped overall. It made a horrendous task, slightly less horrible. The tape was very solid, and it did exactly what it was designed to do. After several hours I finally had the cable run up the wall the 6 feet that I needed. The main trouble i had was fishing the tape from the outlet to the hole I drilled in the top of the wall plate. It was like trying to thread a needle while blindfolded. Once I was in the drop ceiling of my basement installation was a breeze. The fish tape also helped with this as I just used it to guide the cable through the ceiling and over to the section where it was going to be run up to my networking panel.

If you're going to be doing some minor cable runs, I would definitely recommend this tool. If you're going to do some extensive cable runs through existing construction, then I would still recommend this, but I'd also tell you to buy a few other tools like: Magnepull Wire Pull system, fiberglass pull rods, wire pull lubricant, a USB snake camera, and a variety of long and flexible drill bits.

I didn't have any issue reeling or unreeling the tape as others mentioned. It wasn't smooth, but it worked just fine.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2012
Size Name: 1/8" x .045 x 50'Verified Purchase
I wired my house with speaker wires and internet cables and this tool was great. I was able to go in a long distance without any problem.
Its quality is great; the hook got "broken" when going through a hole, but with some pliers, you can fix it without any problem.

The only downside of this product so far is it is sometimes hard to take the wire out or to rewind it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2013
Size Name: 1/8" x .045 x 50'Verified Purchase
I needed this to feed a 75 ft HDMI cable and 200 ft ethernet cable across my basement ceiling and this is the perfect tool for the job. The 1 ft markers are handy when trying to determine if it is being pushed through the cavity the full distance......
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2014
Size Name: 1/8" x .045 x 50'
This fish tape is junk. It jambs in the reel I disassembled it once and cleared the jamb which was very time consuming. Fish tapes can be tempermental but never as bad as this. If you buy one be prepared for a lot of frustrastion. My suggestion is to buy another brand such as ideal or GB. wm
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2013
Size Name: 1/8" x .045 x 50'Verified Purchase
I found this product to work well and did not give it 5 stars because of the stiffness others mentioned. I believe the stiffness comes from how it is wound up. When you get past the tough points and rewind it it seems much better. In my case I did not find this to be a major problem. I had one last run to make with Cat6 in my house to finish my wiring the whole house. It is hard to explain why it was a difficult run but I will say that I had to run a string from the outside through a soffit vent that happened to be accessible to a hole that was run for my cable down a wall into my kitchen. Once this run was complete it was an easy run across the attic and down a much simpler path to my living room.

The length markings were very nice and allowed me to tell when I was in the neighborhood of when I should go inside and look for the tape. The tape did bend a few times but was easily bent back into shape. Attaching the string to the end was straight forward though I did find that the end didn't hold up too well in a tough run through insulation. It did make a very sharp turn at the entry through a two inch deep whole and eventually after many many tries I was able to find it. The difficulty was not the tape really but rather that the hole dropped down dead center between the studs. The opening I was trying to get to was at the extreme left and I was doing this by myself. I am sure everyone out there does this all the time would say to just keep fishing it in way passed the opening because it will bend to one side eventually. This is is exactly what eventually happened to my great joy.

Anyways the tape worked fine. The markings were helpful. The tape did bend some but easily repairable. The end could have held up better, again bending issues. All in all I am happy it worked and it provided the solution I needed. For perspective I will probably not need this product again since my poles suffice every where else in my house. The cost of buying this versus having someone come out to do the run was an obvious choice and hence why I purchased it.
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