IDEAS THAT WORK EDITED BY ANTON AND JESSE MIKEC
Getting Precise and Using Foil
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Jet line ‘ruler’
This works best in an unobstructed setting such as a factory or box store with ample floor
space to spool out conductors. Mark your starting location on the floor with a piece of
electrical tape. Move the wire caddy to just ahead of this mark, and push your fish tape
into the conduit as normal to the end of the run. Tie some jet line to the fish tape, pull it
back through to the starting point and cut it. Pull the jet line out of the conduit, and stretch
it from the starting location (electrical tape marker) to the end of the run along the floor.
Now you have a perfect “ruler” for runs of wire, so you can spool off the precise length of
conductors along the floor and pull them into the conduit as usual.
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Installing Lighting Fixtures
Give us some of your best tricks
for the installation of new lighting fixtures. The challenges
when installing fixtures have not
changed; we are almost always
working from an elevated platform with the risk of falling or
dropping equipment. Fixtures
are heavy and cumbersome when
working overhead. Also, the fixtures are expensive to replace, so
protecting them is always important. With new technology, the
wiring and layout have significantly changed, as well.
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Running long runs of conduit and threading a pull line through as each section is added often
is a hassle. An easy solution is to assemble the entire run and crush a piece of aluminum foil
into a small cylinder. Tie a piece of mason’s string to it, and place the cylinder inside one end
of the conduit start. Using an air compressor and a blower nozzle, place the nozzle into the
conduit following the cylinder. Once the full pressure ( 80 psi or more) is applied, it will force
the foil and attached string to travel through to the other end of the conduit. This has worked
on runs as long as 450 feet. Make sure your mason’s string is longer than the run, and secure
the loose end before applying pressure!