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

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4/6/2020

Nails to wood stud where cable passes through to protect wire & plumbing pipe from nails driven into the wall sometime in the future, (see also 'Stud Plate'; 'Safety Plate'; 'Cable Protector').


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4/6/2020

Pre-frabricated 6" piece of BX with connector to quickly wire-up light fixtures.


  

4/6/2020

Converts single receptacle opening to 3 openings in a wide brick shaped device


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4/6/2020

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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4/6/2020

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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4/6/2020

Attach wiring devices to this and then this attaches to 4/5" box. Many combos.


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4/6/2020

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


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