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What do a "bug" and a "cherry" have in common?

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6/5/2020

The device that a power blower shoots through a conduit system when fishing the initial line. It typically has a hard plastic core with a flexible foam body that fits a specific pipe size. It comes in 1/2" through 6" conduit sizes and has a loop at both ends to attach the fish line.


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6/5/2020

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. This device interrupts power when it senses voltage leaking through the grounding system. The GFC(I) protects the human while the breaker protects the electrical system.


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6/5/2020

Originally invented by Anaconda in 1947, Sealtite® is the Trade name for flexible, liquid-tight conduit. It can be found in applications as mundane as an air conditioning whip all the way to nuclear power plants. In its many forms, it is essentially a flexible metal core (much like Greenfield) covered by a moisture resistant covering. The typical construction for general use in electrical construction is a crush resistant core made from high-grade galvanized steel with smooth bore for easy wire fishing. The PVC jacket covers the core to provide protection from moisture, dirt, and abrasion. This product can also be ordered in a low smoke, low toxic version for Transit Authority work.


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6/5/2020

Clevis and insulator to deadend service drop. Various sizes.


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6/5/2020

Electrical nonmetallic tubing for fiber optic cable. Though it was originally blue, it now comes in a variety of colors, typically orange.


"Can you run down to the gang box and get me a roll of Smurf?"

  

6/5/2020

Connects and separates two boxes while building a raceway between them.


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6/5/2020

This is an 8-1/2" deep sleeve that is put into place by the electrician prior to the concrete being poured and it comes in varying widths. After the concrete sets, conduit is run through the sleeve to run risers from deck to deck. If a pour is deeper than 8-1/2", then the user will use two or more stacked together to do the job. They are made from a slippery plastic and are usually a forest green color. You would order them in sizes from 1-1/2" through 6". A 4" Crete sleeve would allow a 3" pipe to fit inside.


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