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         Cable puller for portable mast
         Pat. 9,850,980 U.S. Class F16G 11/12 Int. Class F16G 11/12
         Inventor: Jeffery Kester, Marshall, TX.
         Assignee: Jeffery Kester, Marshall, TX.
           This patent presents a system and method for pulling a
         cable. The system includes a cable which has at least one
         button located along its length. A cable puller is coupled to
         the cable and has at least one slot for receiving the cable.
         The cable puller also has a plate for engaging the button.
         The cable puller has a sleeve with an upstream end and a
         downstream end, and the plate is located on the upstream
         end. The plate prevents movement of the button upstream
         of the plate.
           Figure 1 is a side view of a pulling system in one embodi-  Figure 1: Side view of a pulling system.
         ment. As depicted, the cable puller 100 is coupled to a cable
         101. As used herein, the term cable shall refer to any rope,   available. This allows tension to be applied along the length
         cable, wire, string, etc. which has a length and is used to   of the cable 101 as opposed to only at the end of the cable.
         couple to items. In one embodiment, the cable 101 comprise   Consider a one hundred foot length of cable 101 used to se-
         a “guy wire.” A guy wire is a tensioned cable designed to add   cure a ten-foot tall mast. If only the ends of the cable 101
         stability to a free-standing structure such as ship masts, ra-  could be used to apply tension, then the end of the hundred
         dio masts, wind turbines, utility poles, tents, ladders, drill-  foot length  of  cable  101  would  need  to be  pulled  to exert
         ing  masts, well  service  rig mast, portable masts, portable   tension. However, by having buttons 106 placed along the
         derricks etc. As depicted the cable 101 couples the mast 111   length of the cable 101, tension can be applied at virtually
         to an anchor 110. While a drilling mast 111 is depicted, this   any desired location along the length of the cable 101. This
         is for illustrative purposes only and should not be deemed   advantage allows cables 101 of various lengths to be utilized
         limiting. Virtually any structure can be utilized in the sys-  without having to destroy, cut, bend, or otherwise damage
         tem disclosed herein.                                the cable 101. This leads to increased life of the cable 101,
           The anchor  110 is illustrated as being anchored in the   decreasing waste and decreasing capital cost. Previously, a
         ground. The anchor can comprise stakes, as well as perma-  knot or bend would have to be created in the cable to create
         nent or temporary structures, which couple and secure the
         cable 101 to the ground. In other embodiments the guy wire
         is anchored to a portable rig base beam or matting board.
           As can be seen, the cable 101 has at least one button 106.
         In one embodiment the button 106 is positioned at the end
         of the cable 101, but in one embodiment the cable 101 com-
         prises at least one button 106 positioned along its length.
         Put differently, in one embodiment the cable 101 comprises
         a button 106 which is not located at its ends. The button
         106 can comprise any item which is crimped or otherwise
         secured and coupled to the cable 101. In one embodiment
         the button 106 comprises a National Swage Button manu-
         factured by the Crosby Group. In one embodiment the but-
         tons are swaged or crimped onto the wire permanently.
           The buttons 106, when positioned along the length of the
         cable 101 as opposed to the ends, provides a gripping surface
         along the length of the cable 101 which was previously un-

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