IDEAS THAT WORK EDITED BY ANTON MIKEC
Conduit Hook, Wire Nut Solution
and Easy Organization
FIRST PLACE Pushing with ease When pushing wire through a ½-in. flex
socket, twist a tan/yellow wire nut on the
end. It allows for a snag-free wire push, and
it works well for low-voltage.
Labeling and dividing
It’s always frustrating looking for the right
“tap” and machine screw in dimly lit areas.
To speed things up, I write the size tap on a
piece of jacket from Type NM cable, making
it easy to find in my toolbox. Finding machine
screw sizes can also be a problem. I cut cardboard to fit the dividers and label the tray
in my fastener bucket. The cardboard also
prevents the screws from migrating into the
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When pushing wire in overhead runs with multiple
junction boxes, everyone
knows that the end of the
wire may get hung up and
stuck in the box. One solution is to get a piece of ½-in.
EMT conduit with a ceiling
hanger wire run through it
and a hook bent on the end.
With this, you can reach up
and hook the wire with the
ceiling wire to pull it free.
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CASH AND TOOL PRIZES FOR WINNING IDEAS Each published author
in Ideas That Work receives a $50 American Express gift card from
ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR. In addition, Southwire ( www.so
uth-wiretools.com) will send the following set of electrician’s tools to each
month’s first-place winner:
• Cable cutter
• Fish tape
• Long nose pliers
• Side-cutting pliers
• Pump pliers
• Wire stripper
• Diagonal-cutting pliers
IF YOU HAVE AN IDEA that has saved you time or money on the job,
ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers would like to hear about it.
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are often hard to interpret. Note that some similar ideas are submitted
by more than one person. In these cases, the one that is more clearly
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