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

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4/13/2024

This is an open bottomed octagon ring that gets cemented into the building floor (deck) after being nailed to the wood sub flooring. By using back plates and covers, it becomes a complete deck box and is available in depths from 2" to 6" with knockouts from 1/2" to 1". It is called a concrete ring when it is extending an existing mud box and it can be called a mud box when it has a back plate and serves as a mud box. A classic mud box, however, comes as one unit with the back plate welded in place.


Those boxes are too far back. You'll need to use some goof rings.

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4/13/2024

A hollow, metal, flexible conduit system made of either steel or aluminum. Wires are pulled through them in accordance with NEC 350, 430-123, 502-4, 503-3, 517-30, 645-5. You find this used most often for fixture whips, motor attachments to safety switches, and other short run connections where a flexible system is more suitable than a rigid pipe system.


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4/13/2024

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


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4/13/2024

Described as floor plate plug inserts, these threaded plugs seal-up an unused device opening in a floor box plate. You order them in sizes from 1/2" to 2".


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4/13/2024

Wet cement or concrete.


  

4/13/2024

Provides abrasion protection in wire and cable splices.


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4/13/2024

Plastic insulator to separate guts from the backbox (as in the cabinet that contains a panel).


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