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3/3/2021

Thermostat wire usually 18 or 22 guage.


  

3/3/2021

Assist manipulating Fish Bits for accurate placement within the wall.


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3/3/2021

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


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3/3/2021

Converts single receptacle opening to 3 openings in a short cube shaped device. Usually made from soft brown rubber.


  

3/3/2021

When inserted into a conduit run, it provides a means to attach wires or fish line at one end and pull them out through the other. The flat, spring metal design makes it extremely flexible and capable of navigation through elbows and turns. It is typically sold in 1/8, 3/16 and 1/4" widths with lengths from 25 to 100'. For convenience, they are also sold within fish dispenser reels to automatically extend and retract the fish tape but most people buy the inexpensive wire fish only and store it in a short piece of Greenfield.


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3/3/2021

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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3/3/2021

Tests the condition of wire insulation and the presence of shorts.


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