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Wiring

  • Stainless Steel and Rebar

    Q: Can stainless steel tie wire be used with standard rebar?

     
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    Klein Tools Bent Nose Romex Cable Strippers

    Klein's Bent Nose Romex Cable Strippers have a 90-degree angled nose designed to get them into tight spots.

     
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    Ideal Industries Sir Nickless Cable Cutter

    One challenge with armored cable is that it can be hard to cut the armor without nicking the wires inside, which is why cable manufacturers recommend using a rotary cutter designed specifically for this cable type.

     
  • In the News

    Chinese drywall investigated in Florida; West Virginia builder sued for installing fake radon systems; green building stats fall short; more

     
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    Associated Electric Products Wire Wheel Cable Dispenser

     
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    Products

    Three-way outlet; rotary dimmer; wireless smoke alarm; finish for pressure-treated lumber; more

     
  • Burying Electrical Wiring In Attic Insulation

    Q: I know that knob-and-tube wiring can't be covered with insulation, but what about BX cable and joist-mounted junction boxes? Are there any restrictions on blowing cellulose insulation into an attic and burying the cable and junction boxes?

     
  • Upgrading to Three-Prong Outlets

    Q. In an older house wired with BX cable, can the original two-prong outlets be upgraded to three-prong grounded outlets, provided they're properly bonded to the original metallic boxes?

     
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    JLC Extra: Solar Cargo Trailer

    This schematic shows how to wire the trailer-mounted photovoltaic power system described in July’s Backfill article.

     
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    Running Wire in Conduit

    EMT costs more up front, but it's less likely to get damaged and makes future upgrades a lot easier.

     
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    JLC Extra Q&A: Tips for Snaking Wires

    Q. I have to rewire an old home that has well-maintained plaster walls throughout. I'd like to do this without gutting the interior. Any tips for wire-snaking?

     
  • Subpanel Bonding

    Q: Is it possible to properly bond an electrical subpanel without running four-wire SER cable to it from the service-entrance panel? Some electricians have told me that under certain circumstances the subpanel can have its own ground wire and rod, while o

     
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    Woods Industries LockJaw Locking Plug Extension Cords

    Few things are more irritating than having a power tool repeatedly come unplugged from an extension, or dealing with a knotted connection that keeps snagging on framing members or ladders.

     
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    General Cable FrogHide Ultra Flex Extension Cords

    Working outside in the winter usually means your extension cords will be about as supple as a frozen garden hose.

     
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    Tool Test: Recip Saws

    The best models cut fast, vibrate less, and make blade changes easy.

     
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    Installing Cable Railing

    With a couple of specialty tools, you can offer this sleek look to your high-end customers.

     
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    Adding a Three-Way Switch

    Q: My clients want to add another light and a second switch to one of their existing lighting circuits, a wall sconce controlled by a single-pole switch. Power feeds the light before running to the switch; because of existing conditions, the easiest option would be to replace the single-pole switch...

     
  • Cable Hanger Device

    Now available with the Orbiter and Nyhavn outdoor luminaires, Louis Poulsen Lighting's cable hanger unit (introduced with the LP Icon in 2004) serves as an exterior-rated, through-wiring splice box that provides a safe, watertight electrical connection. The cable attaches to the top of each fixture...

     
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    Material Exploration

    A planetarium juxtaposes the materiality of its daytime image against a nighttime presence wholly defined by light.

     
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    Tool Test 16-Gauge Finish Nailers

    Look for a tool that sets nails consistently and has a good line of sight

     
 
 
 
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