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

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10/27/2020

Nylon rope blown, shot, or snaked into conduit to pull wire or a bigger pull line.


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10/27/2020

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


  

10/27/2020

Used to cap-off pipe w/o a bushing or close a knock-out. Various sizes. Plastic.


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10/27/2020

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.

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10/27/2020

A lamp socket with 2-leads right or left hand base for temporary lighting.


  

10/27/2020

Sleeve type heavy-duty anchor that comes with a variety of head types. The installation base does not have to be solid like is necessary for the Wedge Type Anchor. Can be used in concrete, brick, block or stone.


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10/27/2020

This product is used in the telecommunications industry to bundle cables together. It is a waxed cord impregnated with a mildew resistant chemical meeting specific specifications (MILspec, AT&T, Lucent, etc.) which takes the place of plastic tie wraps. When plastic tie wraps are used, the user tends to over tighten and destroy the fragile and critical twisting of the internal cables. This twine is installed with sewing and lacing needles. The product is ordered in sizes from 4 to 12, with 12 being most common. Due to the time consuming process that lacing requires, many people are also using Velcro Laces which are tie-wraps made from Velcro strips.


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