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

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5/22/2024

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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5/22/2024

Metal box, usually 2" - 3-1/2" deep with various mounting from ears, nail-on, to masonry


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5/22/2024

Lampholder that uses 12G Circuit Wire to Power & Suspend bulb from the air.


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5/22/2024

When sprayed on ferrous metal, it prevents it from oxidizing. Composed mainly of zinc, is used to galvanize bare metal or to touch-up hot dipped galvanized fittings & pipes.


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5/22/2024

This is an attachment for an existing bender set that allows the user to make offset bends from 0" to 3" in 1/2" and 3/4" conduit in one motion. It reams both the inside and the outside of the conduit at the same time which is necessary to comply with NEC 348-11. The term 'No-Dog' comes from the term 'Dog Leg' which is a kink in the conduit. So a No-Dog bend is a bend where the conduit doesn't get bent.


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5/22/2024

Used to support nonmetallic sheathed cable (RX) or MC/AC cable on wood or metal studs. Available in 4 styles for Wood, Metal Stud or Furring Strip/Hat Channel. Used to get compliance with NEC for Metal Stud Use.


Use a CJ to support that MC cable.

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5/22/2024

The strut used to hang acoustical tile is called Black iron. This is the "C" shaped, 1-1/2" black strut that is bolted to the concrete deck or wooden beams using CADDY® hangers to create a secure mounting point for the grid ceiling runners. When looking-up fittings for black iron, most catalogs, such as CADDY®, use the term Lathers Channel.


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