How to Use a Cable Puller

Updated April 17, 2017

Using a cable puller, or wire puller, can make running electrical wires or data cables in your home or office a much simpler task. Cable pullers are used to pull wires through small spaces or through long distances. Cable pullers can be used to run wire through walls or through existing electrical conduits. It is always a good idea to turn off the power to any circuit that you will be working near.

Extend the cable puller to the appropriate length. Some cable pullers come in a coil, similar to a plumbing snake, while other are made in sections that can be joined together to increase the length.

Insert the cable puller into the ending point of the space you will pull the wire through. Gently push the wire through the wall or conduit. It may be necessary to work the puller back and forth if it becomes stuck or has trouble going through a curve in the conduit.

Attach the wire to the end of the cable puller. Put the end of the wire through the hole at the tip of the cable puller. Use electrical tape, if needed, to secure the end of the wire to the puller.

Pull the wire puller back out of the wall or conduit. The wire or data cable will be dragged back through. Continue to pull until the wire is the appropriate length out of the conduit.

Things You'll Need

  • Cable puller
  • Wire
  • Electrical tape
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