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Officially called a Lay-In Fixture Support Clip, it is used to support lay-in fixtures to the ceiling grid so they can withstand a shock such as a hurricane or earthquake.

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This Walker Headerduct accessory is a flat elbow which connects round conduit to a cell in the cellular floor deck system or directly to the headerduct itself. It comes in three sizes 3/4", 1-1/4", 1-1/2" and 2". As a note: Headerduct is normally installed above and at right angles to the cells but this product can connect to either/or.

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Rough twine.



This is a plastic bushing used inside the enclosure to insulate the end of rigid conduit. Comes in sizes from 1/2" to 6" and are generally rated to 105°. The bushing to insulate the wires coming out of the conduit is the BB bushing.

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This product is used in the telecommunications industry to bundle cables together. It is a waxed cord impregnated with a mildew resistant chemical meeting specific specifications (MILspec, AT&T, Lucent, etc.) which takes the place of plastic tie wraps. When plastic tie wraps are used, the user tends to over tighten and destroy the fragile and critical twisting of the internal cables. This twine is installed with sewing and lacing needles. The product is ordered in sizes from 4 to 12, with 12 being most common. Due to the time consuming process that lacing requires, many people are also using Velcro Laces which are tie-wraps made from Velcro strips.

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30amp power receptacle used for clothing driers.

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Holds gem box in sheetrock by offering counter pressure to the box ears.

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