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    Default Cable repairs - loctite od weld?

    I see some companies are selling cables using Loctite instead of welds to secure the ends. Loctite would sure be easier for field repair, but if my cable is stuck and I'm using forward/reverse spin (and unimaginable amounts of torque) to get it loose, it's hard to imagine that Loctite can hold. Also, once my cable accumulates grease, grime, sludge etc, can Loctitie really bond and hold the end secure?

    Any thoughts on this?

    Thanks, Jonas

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    Jonas,
    The cable ends and splice cores (I don't like to splice) I use I don't use loctite nor do I weld them. Once they are in there is no way in he-- you could get them to come out. I know I catch he-- for being with Roto-Rooter but been with them so long just can't change. Anyway, in 63 years I have NEVER had one come out!!!!!!!
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    Thanks Roto. I have some splices and ends that are so tight I can't even get them in the cable. Then I have some ends that screw right in with minimal resistance. Those are the ones that concern me the most. The ones that concern me the least are the ones that I can't get in the cable; I'm not concerned because they truly will not fit!

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    Had to think hard to remember 25 years ago but I do remember that story. I think it was on the front page of the Exchange? Don't know what machines you are using now, but could you possible use the ones Dura-Cable makes (Same as Roto-Rooter) and have that work for you?
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    If you're going to run your machine in reverse, I'd weld. I tried the loctite that Duracable uses on one of my smaller cables. So far it's held.

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    It's like the old Chinese Finger Traps the harder you try to pull it apart the harder it is held...
    I don't weld or Loctite the ends and never had one come off.
    I'll splice to get through a job but I'm getting a new cable if it broke...
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    Loctite or weld ? It would be the recycling center for me. Luckily I don't break cables, rarely even bend one and if I do it's usually because it's a wet noodle and should have been replaced any way.


    Just wouldn't trust a repaired cable...

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    All the more to enjoy sectionals,

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    Quote Originally Posted by fixitright View Post
    All the more to enjoy sectionals,


    Don't really "enjoy" them but my 1.25" Eel cable comes in handy.

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    Default Splices

    In 11 years I've never seen a splice that was "properly installed" fail.
    That is without a weld or loctite.
    A couple times I've gotten buried in breaks, and did a number on the cable, ( vise grips, rope, bungee cords, you know.) torquing & kinking it to free it up.
    They are great to make the onsite repair to be able to complete the job.
    I've only spliced 11/16 & 3/4", I don't splice small cable EVER.
    I usually change out the cable when I get a chance,so I'm not sure about their longevity .
    House/ running traps are very common here, often with no wye end clean out after it, or its buried under the concrete floor. I could see a splice weaken after jumping thru traps day in and day out, then add the acid exposure.
    That's why for me, they are a temp repair, good in a pinch, just my opinion.
    Thanks Matt.

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