IDEAS THAT WORK EDITED BY ANTON MIKEC
Unexpected Solutions: Trucks, Cable and Templates
FIRST PLACE Pulling through When you need to stub out some Type NM cable tails
before the rockers come in, and you are between framing with nothing to staple it to, find a scrap of Type NM
cable long enough to reach between two framing members. Staple it across, and use your knife to put a slit in it
right where you need the stub out. Pull the stub through.
This works in undercabs and for pendant or fluorescent
luminaires that will be cut in later.
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Cutting with glass
I was on a large remodel job that involved cutting in a
couple hundred old work boxes. After cutting the first
few in, I decided to make a template out of Plexiglass.
This saved me the time of getting out the tape measure
and level for each one. All I had to do was hold the template against the wall and cut within the lines.
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Taking (remote) control
I’ve been in many commercial buildings and office spaces with dropped
ceilings. Pulling communications wire or other wires through a long
span is a repetitive process, removing every fourth tile or so. To help,
we’ve taken radio-controlled (RC)
trucks with tires big enough to
go over the channel, hooked
the wire to them and
driven them to the
other end. This was
surprisingly easy, and
nowadays, some RC
trucks actually have
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