When you reach the end of the line remove all tags, ties, and the instrument. Remember
to remove the batteries from the telephone. When all wire line is recovered and before storing the
equipment, it is a good idea to run a ringdown check on the recovered line to be certain that none of the
splices broke or loosened while you were recovering the line.
If you had access to the equipment and had installed a wire line earlier, go out and recover the
line you installed.
PART B - SERVICING
Servicing the recovered wire line is a very important step. This prepares the wire line for the
next installation and you know it is ready for use.
The following equipment is needed to service a wire line:
Two RL-31( )/Gs spaced about 10 feet apart.
The RL-159/U with the recovered wire.
An empty RL-159/U on which to wind the wire.
Tool kit TE-33.
Two telephones TA-312/PT with BA-30s.
Bucket of water and some rags.
You will need one additional soldier to help you. That individual will turn the crank on the RL-
31( )/G to wind the wire from the full RL-159/U to the empty one while you check and service the wire.
Secure the wire to the empty reel RL-159/U with approximately 12 to 16 inches of wire
protruding through the hole on the side of the reel. Tie a good knot to keep it from being pulled back
onto the drum. Be sure the insulation is removed from the ends since you will need to connect a
telephone to the wire to check it.
Have your helper slowly turn the crank to move the wire from the full reel to the empty
one. As the helper slowly turns the crank, you will guide the wire onto the reel. Wear your gloves. As
the wire passes through your hands clean the wire as needed and check the insulation for abrasions. If
the insulation is cut or damaged, stop and repair or tape that spot. This will help prevent trouble later