IDEAS THAT WORK EDITED BY ANTON AND JESSE MIKEC
Dealing With Grout, Tape Solution and More Inspiration
Recently, while we installed junction boxes for electrical equipment in grout-filled masonry walls, the weight
of the grout pushed unused concentric knockouts and
grout into the box even though we applied duct tape. This was at a correctional facility, and many boxes needed to be installed in the walls. To address this, we installed
18-gauge sheet metal cut approximately 1½ inches wide and of sufficient length to
cover all unused knockouts. We used double-sided duct tape to keep it in place and
fluorescent-colored duct tape for a visual cue that this “grout stopper” was installed.
This eliminated the grout from entering the electrical box.
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PRIZES FOR WINNING IDEAS!
For an upcoming Ideas That Work,
we are looking for ways to use temporary power and lighting on job sites.
Customers seem to request temporary lighting and power the moment
we show up on-site. Additionally, we
have seen stricter standards for safety
and greater expectations from general contractors and customers. For
example, you can use jet line to hang
temporary lighting stringers from the
metal deck for easy removal later, use
LED lamps in light stringers because
they don’t break and use less power,
or install J-hooks in hallways early to
manage extension cords so they are
not on the ground as a trip hazard.
They can then be used later for the
ANTON AND JESSE MIKEC
Staying in its place
This idea is for when I measure undercabinet lights to the center of the cabinet, keeping
it straight to the wall, then holding the fixture to mount it. (This is all while leaning over
the base cabinet.) I put two pieces of double-stick tape on the back of the fixture, which
holds the fixture in place so the mounting screws can be installed and wired without
moving from my marks.