This is my first day here.
My practice has been limited to the installation of voice and data as part of retail and office relocations. Over the past few years, this has been expanded to networked security cameras as well.
Back in 1993 I bought a bunch of equipment for fiber installations. Big termination kit, scope, testers, and a 1000' conduit rodder. I did a bunch of building to building runs for a local hospital complex, and some commercial installations. My last was a marina complex in 1999. All of the tools were stolen from a storage locker in 2008. Except for that huge rodder. I still have that.
I guess I made some money from it, but my reason for doing it was to keep my competition out of the hospital complex. That worked until they went in-house.
However, a lot of the work involved in these jobs is intense physical labor. Lifting, pulling, and digging. You are never more than a shovel-full away from a back injury. Tell everyone to be careful what they wish for.
Thats right about the digging part. Since most of these fiber runs are for the backbone they are doing that. Are most of these outfits just specializing in the fiber run business (doing the conduit, or digging, and then polishing) ? These must be some pretty large installation companies to afford all of that gear also?
I'm just not of much use for current information, like I said, the last fiber installation that I did was 10 years ago.
Now, if someone wants a 3/8" conduit rodder, 1,000 ft, with brass roller tip, (for 2-4" condut) I'll be glad to e-mail you pictures. This thing is about the size and shape of a large spare tire from a truck. I'm not sure what it weighs (100lbs?). It is on wheels, but I have loaded it into trucks. In fact, it is in the back of mine right now. The terms are dead presidents and show up with a truck. I'm not interested in a cashiers check from the recently disposed Minister of Underground Cable installation in Nigeria. We all know him by now.
I have a roll sitting in storage, its been sitting there for 8 years if I recall correctly, never ran a foot.
I never invested in the tools, Canada is a little behind the times and in most businesses and residences we still run copper. I got a call a few years ago from a guy that ran fiber in his house and needed someone to terminate it....I passed.:whistling
Inner10, I feel your pain. And passing on that chore is a wise choice. You know that whatever he has in mind isn't going to work on the first try, and maybe never. And you also know who he is going to blame for his woes. It's always the cable guy.
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