Here’s something I hadn’t though of before, but apparently the pros know all about: wire pulling lubricants. Rather than just pulling harder — my up-till-now preferred method of coaxing wire through conduit — pros apply a little lubricant to help the wire on its way. According to an A/V installer friend of ours, Klein makes one of the installers’ faves.
It’s a non-staining, non-toxic, slow-drying goo that lubricates the cable to slide freely, then dries afterward to keep from gumming up the conduit. Klein claims it’s compatible with all types of cable, including polyethylene and semi-conducting jackets, so you can use it for all kinds of installs.
Klein sells it in quart-size squeeze bottles, one-gallon pails, and five-gallon pails, and we’re definitely going to try it out the next time we’re pulling wire. Street pricing for the one-gallon pail starts around $15.