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This is a quarter-bend bus drop cable clamp is that both supports at a 90° angle and anchors the bus-drop cable where it connects to the bus-duct. Comes in 1/2" TO 1-1/8" sizes. Essentially it stops the bus-drop cable from drooping and supports the weight of attached air lines and portable tools.

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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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Round head machine screw with nut attached

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You use this anchor when you want to attach a machine screw to concrete, block or brick. Sizes from 6/30 to 3/4".

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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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A lamp socket with 2-leads right or left hand base for temporary lighting.



This is a safety device used to determine if an AC voltage exists in a powerline. Fire departments use them to identify dangerous downed wires and linesmen use them to identify live or dead cables. The units vary but have either a light or an audible sound or both which gets louder and/or brighter as the voltage gets higher.

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