LABOR SAVING DEVICES LSD85124 Wet Noodle & Retriever
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- Improved for more versatility & functionality
- Consists of 10Ft of 09" smooth, nickel-plated steel ball chain
- Half the diameter of a regular ball chain
- Stop-ring prevents the chain from falling through the drilled hole
- 6 in-ring connector pulls the wire
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One of the installers' most valuable tools! accept no inferior knock-off products - use the original - the wet noodle retriever system. Lsdi developed the ball chain and retriever concept to help save installation time. Since its introduction, it has evolved into a "must have" tool for retrofit installation. The wet noodle retrieval system has been updated to now contain three components: a 24" flexible insulated retriever with an ultra strong earth magnet attached at one end; 10Ft. Of lightweight ball chain with a stop-ring; and an 18" telescoping pocket retriever. This system provides a fast and easy solution to connecting an in-wall entry point to an exit point blindly (without vision tools) to pull wire. Product hi-lite; new larger more powerful 1/4" magnet has been added to the opposite end of the original 3/16" neodymium magnet for extra pulling power!
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Do not pull hard on the chain. It will break if you pull hard. Use the chain to pull string through THEN use the string to pull wire.
Do not bend the magnet sharply or repeatedly for no reason. Again, they last for years if you treat them right.
Do not let the chain touch the terminals on a live outlet if you are pulling through an outlet box. Yes, I've done it.
If the Chain breaks, simply tie a string to it to make it long enough. I use a surgeons knot, then tape that. Remember, you don't need much chain.
It is easier to grab the very end of the chain, and MUCH easier to get the end through small holes (as opposed to pulling a loop out of the middle through). Try to have your chain hanging at about the right length to grab the end.
Use your ears as you try to find the chain in a wall. You can feel or hear the magnet (or magnet handle) hit the chain. You can also feel the magnet skipping over each ball of the chain if you are pulling but the chain isn't coming.
Make sure you use the correct end of the wand. They look very similar, but only one end has a magnet. I had a homeowner helping me try to catch a chain for 15 minutes due to this.
I have also used the magnet to find and retrieve parts dropped in engines and the like. Strong enough to lift bolts, and the flexibility lets you get in all kinds of places (although I use an old one for the garage, so as to keep the one that touches walls clean).
If you go to buy more chain, make sure it is magnetic. A lot of what is available isn't.
I have taped the wand to fiberglass glow rods to get more reach inside places.
Get one! Or two, in case one gets lost.
Just know that the chain will guide wires through walls but it's really not super strong to pull wires through walls. Also, the flexible magnetic tool will wear out if you are bending a re-bending it over and over. Just be gentle with it and don't over bend it.
TIP: Use some electrical tape and tape a 2-foot piece of the chain to the end of a glow rod (a strong flexible rod used in wire fishing). This helps when trying to pull wires such as speaker wires through the insulation on exterior walls. Otherwise the chain may get stuck and and will be hard to find at the other end.
But there are limits: this is really only for completely hollow walls without insulation and any existing cabling already in the same wall as the chain uses gravity to drop inside the wall, then you reach with a magnet on either end of the yellow piece for that dropped chain and when you hear it connecting you carefully pull towards the hole and grab it with the hook. That hook is probably the weakest part of the kit. It is a thick wire end bent straight and connected to a telescopic rod. Inserting it around the shape of the magnet into the hole requires a rather large hole and the telescope extension doesn't lock and feels a bit slippery. So it requires a bit more fiddling than you might hope for, but in the end works. A small design overhaul making the wire tip a bit thinner and adjusting the side curvature to match the yellow bendy piece's magnet end plus allowing the telescope extension to lock would go a long way.
It's still worth 5 stars at this price
Though if you have walls with insulation or have to get from A-to-B in a ceiling or are likely to encounter any beams then this won't work for you and you'll need a strong magnet based system