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Placing strips into poly tube

Discussion in 'Lights - Store Bought and Home Made' started by grahami2006, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. grahami2006

    grahami2006 Full Time Elf

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    Hi All from beautiful downtown Bathurst where it has just reached 3. I am trying to put led strips in a 5 metre poly tube. The strips are also 5m long but everytime I thread them through they start to twist. Have tried just about everything, even got the wife( under sufferance) to help until I started to use bad language.
    Has anyone any ideas.
    Thanks
    Graham
     
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    ewanh what goes here?

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    haven't done it myself yet, but...

    Have you tried laying the strips out first for a while so they aren't 'curled' from being around the reel?

    Are you running a string through the tube first, and using the string to pull the strip through?

    Is the poly tube flat, without curls?

    Ewan
     
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    David_AVD Bite my shiny metal ass!

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    Graham, are these the "bare" strips, the ones in a loose silicone sleeve or the solid silicone version?
     
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    Maybe need a little more warm weather to help the tubing be more pliable.
     
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    Solid silicon but off ebay.
     
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    David_AVD Bite my shiny metal ass!

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    I wonder if you could use those floor board plastic "tongues" as a backing for the strip?
     
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    when i did the 4M arch (the first one) i found the strip didn't lay completely flat but as soon as the pipe was bent around the arch the silicon tubed strip i used sat nice and flat.

    I like David's idea of the yellow tongue support

    Phil
     
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    I used poly strapping to back my strip.
    Then using a weight attached to some string, I fed that through tied off to the strapping and pulled the strip through without stressing it.
     

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