13. Paying out the wire.
a. Mount the brake unit by sliding it on the end of the axle as shown in assembly and
preparation. Engage the locating button in the locating hole just below the axle. If the wire is
payed out from two reels at the same time using a divided axle, install a second brake unit, if
available, on the other end of the axle.
b. Pay out from ground installation. Grasp the free end (ends, if two reels are used) of
the wire and walk away from the reel unit. If a vehicle is used to draw the wire, attach the
end(s) to the vehicle and drive very slowly away from the reel unit. Increase friction on the
brake unit(s) until enough friction is obtained to prevent the reel(s) from turning too fast during
pay out. On the GC-10, this is done by slowing turning the star wheel to the right; on the GC-
10-A, by pushing the brake lever inward.
c. Pay out from a vehicle. Attach the free end(s) of the wire to a stationary object such
as a pole or tree. Drive the vehicle at a slow rate of speed. Adjust the brake friction as
14. Recovering the wire.
a. Load the reel unit with an empty reel.
NOTE: If a brake unit is mounted on the axle, remove it by
grasping the unit and pulling outward.
b. Attach one end of the wire to the reel. If two reels are used to recover two wires at
the same time, attach one wire to each reel.
c. Select the proper hole in the crank for the desired speed. Use the hole closer to the
crank for greater leverage. Use the second hole from the end if the pull on the wire is not
heavy and a faster recovery is desired.
d. Mount the crank on one end of the axle. Strike the crank with the palm of the hand
until the plunger inside the hole in the crank engages one of the holes near the end of the axle.
Pull out and downward on the crank handle until it is at a right angle to the crank. If two small
reels are used, mount a second crank on the other end of a divided axle.
e. Turn the crank(s) to recover the wire. Turn the crank(s) so the wire is drawn over
the top of the reel. A second member of the recovery team, wearing gloves to prevent hand
injury, should use a cloth to remove dirt and mud. The second team member also must guide
the wire so it is wound in level layers on the reel. If the reel unit is installed on the ground, free
the distant end of the wire and drag the wire along the ground during recovery. If the reel unit
is vehicle mounted and the distant end of the wire is not free, drive the vehicle in the direction
from which the wire is being recovered. Drive slow enough to prevent over-running the wire.