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This is a ¾" wide galvanized steel band with holes to accommodate nails and bolts. Available with the holes evenly spaced or with alternating small and large holes. It is typically used to hang some kind of pipe from some kind of support system such as strut, wooden studs or simple masonry.

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This 50amp receptacle is used for electric kitchen ranges.

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Reducing washer to fit a smaller pipe into a conduit entrance.



These splices fall into a category called Insulation Displacement Connectors are used exclusively for plain old telephone wires (POTS), alarm and other low voltage circuits. You insert the wires, compress with a linesman pliers (or special tool) and the metal teeth inside will pierce the insulation and make a permanent connection that is moisture resistant. While the Dolphin is re-distributed by a variety of manufacturers and refers to the round tubular unit, the 3M UR performs a similar job but has a gel to protect the wires.

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This is an insulated throat metal bushing that when used in conjunction with a locknut, affixes GAL or IMC to a metal enclosure and provides abrasion protection to the wire insulation. It comes in die-cast or malleable iron with a plastic insulator.

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Refers to the insulating covers used for multiple tap connectors, parallel taps, T-taps, etc. The cover snaps over the connection and this quick installation saves the labor involved in the taping and insulating process.

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Brass adapter that fits between floor box collar and device mounting plate.


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