Floor Box Prep and Low-Risk Wire Pulling
Chase nipple for wire pulling
When stuck pulling wire into pipe, it is helpful to use a rigid coupling with a chase
nipple threaded into it. This can be threaded onto the end of the connector you are
using. The chase nipple’s rounded interior edge helps to protect the wire as it enters
the pipe. The place this is the most beneficial is pulling into PVC connectors with
jetline. This assembly stops the jetline from putting a groove into the PVC connector
and reduces the risk of the wire becoming damaged during and after the pull.
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Patio block for
anchoring floor boxes
If you are on a project with a large number of floor boxes that require both power
and low-voltage, it helps to lay the floor
boxes out on graph paper before starting.
This helps to minimize conduit crossing
and mix-up. You can even number the
floor boxes and prep them with fittings
before placing. You can then use patio
blocks—after setting the right elevation
and leveling them—to anchor floor boxes.
A little prep can save headaches when
installing multipurpose floor boxes.
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