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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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Outdoor weatherproof switch or outlet box.



30" 16/3 SJT cord spliced into a temporary light circuit for a local outlet.



Pulled through conduit just after the brush and just before the cable is pulled to spread a coat of wire lubricant on the inside of the conduit. It comes in sizes from 2" through 6"



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.

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A plastic lamp cage or guard to fit over pigtail and protect lamp from breakage.

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Conduit elbows are available for EMT, RIGID, PVC COATED GALVANIZED, FIBERGLASS and PVC. The standard elbows come in 90 degree and 45 degree but a wide range of bends and radiuses are available. In general, the customer ordering a PREFAB 45 is looking for a 45 degree elbow and you have to ask what kind of conduit it is being connected to.

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