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How Do Fiber Experts Estimate Jobs?

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As far as cable pulling labor goes, never calculate more than 12 cables in a single pull, even if all are going to the same location. Working with too many cables simultaneously results in unsafe work practices, which can easily harm your technicians and the cable itself.

For indoors, a 300 foot cable pull with 12 cables (all going to the same location) takes about an hour to stage and pull. Multiply this by the number of technicians needed to safely handle the cable (usually three minimum). Remember, if you are working on/off ladders and in drop ceiling space, follow all OSHA safety regulations and don’t cut corners.

For outdoor cable where lengths can be significantly greater, a safe pulling speed is 25 feet per minute, considering most telecommunications tuggers pull at the rate of 35 feet per minute. The down rating in feet per minute is for necessary pullouts (usually every 500 feet or so) and figure eight coiling or cable handling. Don’t forget to account for and store slack wherever possible.

As far as end terminations go, this largely relies on how fast your technician can go and whether or not the connections are concentrated. For concentrated connections (12 or more in a single location) you can use your technician’s average number of connections per hour.

For non-concentrated connections, add an additional 25% to the time factor, to account for moving and setup at various locations.

Be sure to work with quality materials and always use the right tool for the job.

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When calculating cable pulling labor, never calculate more than 12 cables in a single pull. For indoor cable being pulled to the same location (300 ft cable pull with 12 cables = roughly 1 hour) Multiply this by the number of technicians.

Consider working on ladders & drop ceiling space. For outdoor cable a safe pulling speed is 25ft per minute. Account for and store slack. End terminations depends on the speed of your technician and whether the connections are concentrated or non-concentrated.

For concentrated connections use your technicians average number of connections per hour. For non-concentrated, add an additional 25% to the time.

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