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         ing the frame to facilitate the pay out
         or taking up of the cable over objects
         below the frame. The system is capable
         of switching between at least two dif-
         ferent  states  or  modes  of  use:  a  first
         mode, in  which  the roller  and frame
         are positioned above the top portion;
         and a second mode, in which the roller
         and frame are positioned below the top
         portion of the stand, generally hanging
         from or suspended from the top portion
         of the stand.
           Figure 17 shows a plan view of one
         example  embodiment  cable support
         system  100 according to the present
         general  inventive concept.  The  ex-
         ample cable  support  system  100  in-
         cludes a roller box 108, which includes
         a  roller  110  that has  a  substantially
         circular  side view. The roller rotates
         or spins about an axle, axis or spindle
         114 which may be a rod or tube type
         structure  which  extends through  the
         center of the roller along an axis of ro-
         tation 116. The roller may be disposed
         in a containment box or frame 120. The
         roller and spindle are supported by the
         frame  120. The frame  120 may have
         a pivoting  top  124, which  may  pivot
         about a joint, point or hinge 128. The
         hinge 128 permits the top of the frame
         120  to  open  easily  to permit cable  or
         other flexible tubing, hosing or wire to
         be placed on top of and to rotate around
         the roller 110. A cable 132 is in rollable
         or  rotational contact  with  the  drum
         and can be pulled through the frame
         120 via rotation of the roller  110. As
         cable is pulled through the frame 120,
         the cable weight and friction  of the
         cable causes  the  roller  110  to rotate,
         thereby easing the force  necessary  to
         pull the cable.
           The  illustrated  example  embodi-
         ment cable support system further
         encompasses  a  stand  140  having  a
         plurality (e.g. four) of legs attached to
         a swivel plate 160. The frame is con-
         nected to and supported by the swivel
         plate. The swivel plate may be config-
         ured to facilitate the frame to rotate
         or swivel (arrows 164) about an axis of
         rotation 168.
           In some example embodiments, the
         swivel  plate  is  configured  to  facili-
         tate tilting (arrows  170) or rotation
         of  the  frame  from  side  to  side  about
         an  axis  of  rotation  172.  In  some  ex-
         ample  embodiments,  the  frame  and
         swivel plate are connected or joined
         utilizing a ball  190 and socket type
         arrangement. A ball and socket type
         arrangement may facilitate the frame
         to rotate about three axes. In some
         example embodiments, the frame 120
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