In this job tip, IBEW member Joe shows how to make a retrieval hook out of fish tape. The retrieval hook will help when you push fish tape in a conduit and can’t get it out all the way.

The tools you need for this tip are fish tape and line hook line.

Step 1: Bend fish tape in the opposite direction of the head. Bend it all the way in as much as you can, make a small bend again, and make the third bend in the opposite direction.
Step 2: Now that there’s a gap, try to close it. This will make a smooth line across the base of the fish tape. When you send it into the pipe, it won’t hook onto anything except the spider on the other end.

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Lonnie Stephenson

IBEW International President Lonnie Stephenson has been working with the IBEW Hour Power team since he was elected International President in 2015. President Stephenson creates short videos entitled “President’s Message” to bring important announcements and inspirational messages right to your computer screen.

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