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4/26/2018

There are two types of hand operated benders: hickeys and hand benders (or one-shot benders). While both are usually iron, hand benders are also offered in aluminum. The real difference between them is the size of the head. Hickeys are 60% smaller then benders allowing the user to make very tight bends close together. As a rule of thumb, you would use a hand bender the majority of the time and save the hickey for when you have to make a number of very tight bends that a hand bender simply couldn’t do. Hand benders, however, have the advantage in that they have degree scales and bending indicators etched on the side to aid in the bending process. The One-Shot bender got its' name because you can make a 90 degree bend with a single motion.


  

4/26/2018

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


Gem Box Image


  

4/26/2018

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.

Colorado Jim® Cable Support Image


  

4/26/2018

PART OF A DOWNLIGHT CONSISTING OF THE BX, SOCKET & HOUSING TO CLIP TRIM INTO


  

4/26/2018

A rope used by mechanical pulling machines to draw pipe through conduit. It comes in a variety of lengths, widths and tensile strengths depending upon the pull being performed.


Rope (Pulling) Image


  

4/26/2018

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


Switch Box Image


  

4/26/2018

Split bolt connector (looks like someone taped over a bug) used to mechanically join two or more wires together.


Hey Jim-Bob I need three #6 bugs right quick.

Split Bolt Connector Image


  

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