Handy, lightweight, flexible & STURDY! Push-pull rods from Music Supply Company help you thread or retrieve electrical wires and cables through hard-to-access wall and ceiling spaces. Push-pull Rods are equally useful to push or pull cable inside or outside conduit.
These Push-Pull Rods will save you a lot of time and money. Tape your wire on to the leading rod and push it to the desired location by adding additional rods (they just screw into each other). Or you can tape the wire to the rod (or hook it) and pull the wire to you from a distant location.
For large cables you may want to use the Push-Pull Rods in the same manner to put a rope in place. Attach the rope to the cable and pull the cables with the rope.