IDEAS THAT WORK EDITED BY ANTON MIKEC
Hole Saw Solutions, Cutting PVC and More
Solving hole saw problems
When using a hole saw on an existing or
incorrectly sized hole that was knocked out
or hole-sawed, you can take a plastic “B Cap”
(Square D), drill the correct size hole in the
cap, and fasten its ears to the side of a box
(steel, plastic, breaker, box) with a vise grip,
clamp or lineman pliers to hold securely.
Now carefully continue with the correct
size hole saw to drill out where you need it.
I have used this for incorrectly sized holes, eccentric
knockouts, off-set holes,
etc. It has solved many hole
EL CAMPO, TEXAS
Cutting PVC cleanly
When faced with the task of cutting 2-in.
PVC Schedule 40 or 80 that already has
4/0 URD inside it, I first use my tubing
cutter and score the pipe to the depth
of the wheel. As anyone who has faced
this problem knows, most tubing cutters will not penetrate the thickness of
the PVC. After I use the tubing cutter,
I use the backside of my reciprocating
saw’s blade (the side without the teeth)
to lightly apply a cut around the pipe.
This gives you a good clean cut with no
damage to the conductors.
PORT HENRY, N. Y.
See through the sweat
I am an old, fat electrician, and when I
have to go up in a hot attic or under a
crawl space, I tend to sweat a lot. It gets
in my eyes and on my glasses. So, I roll up
my bandana and tie it around my fore-
head. Then I wrap some electrical tape
around my little flashlight and attach it
to my bandana. The bandana keeps the
sweat out of my eyes and off my glasses,
and I’m able to see what I’m doing.
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