# Help! where to find this kind of wire!

#### vlobo

Joined Jul 30, 2017
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Hi! Could you please help me to find where to buy rigid cable for pipelines inspection video camera? This kind of cable is rigid fiberglass inside with 5 wires for connecting the camera. Thanks a lot in advance

Joined Jul 18, 2013
19,202
Why does it have to be rigid?
Max.

Joined Jul 18, 2013
19,202
Ever try pushing a noodle?
I assumed there would be some other form of rigid item used, thin wall PVC tube etc?
Wires being internal.
Max.

#### wayneh

Joined Sep 9, 2010
16,114
I assumed there would be some other form of rigid item used, thin wall PVC tube etc?
Wires being internal.
Max.
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#### RichardO

Joined May 4, 2013
2,268
Rigid cable? How will that go through a pipe line? Any I've ever seen is flexible, like this - http://www.dohenycompanies.com/equipment/product-information/minicam-proteus/cable-reels/
Rigid or flexible? The exact definition depends on your requirements.

The cable has to be rigid enough to be pushed down a pipe and flexible enough to get around corners. The cable I am familiar does have a fiberglass rod down the center. Imagine a thin fishing rod.

I don't know the minimum diameter for the cable I saw but it did coil around a reel like the ones shown in your link.

#### RichardO

Joined May 4, 2013
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Is this for a specific inspection system? If it is you may be best off buying the cable from the inspection system manufacturer.

I expect that this is custom cable and you would have to buy a huge amount to justify having any made for you.

#### shortbus

Joined Sep 30, 2009
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Rigid or flexible? The exact definition depends on your requirements.

The cable has to be rigid enough to be pushed down a pipe and flexible enough to get around corners. The cable I am familiar does have a fiberglass rod down the center. Imagine a thin fishing rod.

I don't know the minimum diameter for the cable I saw but it did coil around a reel like the ones shown in your link.
I never striped the jacket off of it, but it was wrapped on a pretty small reel.

#### vlobo

Joined Jul 30, 2017
9
Yes, I mean a enough rigid cable. Of course not completely rigid, but more rigid than common electric wires because it must go 30 meters inside pipelines. It is for a Wöhler-VIS320 video camera. I try to find just the cable because i must replace the old one. I wrote directly to the brand and no answer for the moment.

#### vlobo

Joined Jul 30, 2017
9
I wrote to the brand and they send my email to its Spanish dealer, and the price is crazy!!
440€ (21meters cable) + 15€(delivery) + taxes = 550€ = 651$Perhaps it is possible to find this kind of cable in other place and not die with the price?? #### MaxHeadRoom Joined Jul 18, 2013 19,202 Is it something you could maybe fabricate? Max. Thread Starter #### vlobo Joined Jul 30, 2017 9 Is it something you could maybe fabricate? Max. Yes. Perhaps I could try it using thermo-retractable, wires and normal "pushing cable". I don't know if it would withstand long time but anyway would be more affordable price. #### RichardO Joined May 4, 2013 2,268 I wrote to the brand and they send my email to its Spanish dealer, and the price is crazy!! 440€ (21meters cable) + 15€(delivery) + taxes = 550€ = 651$
Perhaps it is possible to find this kind of cable in other place and not die with the price??
Ouch. I can see that some work finding a cheaper cable from another source of the cable makes a lot of sense.

Are you trying to repair a unit with a damaged cable or making an inspection system from scratch? Cable from another inspection system might be cheaper if you can put your own connectors on it.

Be warned. Keeping fluids out of the camera is not an easy task. There are more ways for a leak than you can imagine.