How To "Figure 8"
Cable for Intermediate Pulls in OSP Installations
very long OSP runs (farther than approximately 2.5 miles
kilometers), it may be necessary to
use an automated fiber puller at intermediate point(s)
pull from the middle out to both
ends (midspan pull.)
When laying loops of
fiber on a surface during a pull, use “figure-8” loops
to prevent twisting the cable.
The figure 8 puts a
half twist in on one side of the 8 and takes it out on
the other, preventing twists.
this procedure for pulling from one end:
Pull the cable out of the conduit or innerduct and lay
on the ground in
a large "figure 8" pattern. The size of the "8" will be
the size and stiffness of the cable, but 6-12 feet (2-4
m) is a common
size. The end of the cable will be against the ground -
you might want
a tarp or plastic sheet to keep the cable clean. Pull
carefully lay the cable in the figure 8 pattern to keep
2. Using several installers, pick up the cable and flip
it over so the end to be pulled to the next location is
3. Attach the end to the pull rope with appropriate
swivel pulling eyes and continue the pull.
For a "midspan pull," use these directions:
procedure eliminates having to flip the cable in the
Figure 8 on the ground over.
the cable reel
a mid point on the long span (ensuring the maximum
pulling length in either direction would not be
2. Pull the one
end of cable through the conduit to one end of the
Roll the cable off the reel and Figure 8 the remaining
cable on the
ground. The end on the cable will be on the top
of the figure 8.
4. Pull the
second end of the cable through the conduit to the
other end of the span.
A tech using "Figure
8" technique on a midspan pull in Kuala Lumpur,