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  • Making Wire Pulling Easier, Safer, Faster

    Late last year, Encore Wire updated its already quite popular and robust wire pulling tool PullPro.

    The company’s pre-filled wire caddy sits upright at a job site, with an ergonomically-friendly top handle, reducing the act of stooping to pick up a spool of heavy, cumber-some conductor.

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  • Cable Pulling Solutions

    Large or long cable pulls can be costly and time-consuming and, without the proper tools and equipment, sometimes difficult, back-straining work.

    Encore Wire offers two solutions most contractors might want to know about.

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  • Choosing the Right Panelboard for Your Project Location

    I've installed and worked on more circuit breaker panelboards that I can remember. After 30+ years of work, it's got to be at least … one bunch!

    Maybe more.

    But most of the panelboards I've had the pleasure of meeting were fairly simple, straightforward circuit panels. Single phase and three phase panels, from 120/208 to 277/480… you get the idea, right?

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  • Making Sense of All Things USB

    If your organizational skills are anywhere near as advanced as mine, you likely also have at least one drawer in your kitchen or office that’s jammed with all the various USB cables that have been packaged with electronic products purchased over the years. Charging one of those devices often means untangling multiple cords while also attempting to eyeball matches between connectors and devices. There are times when I wonder if that annoying process is a sign of technology moving backward rather than forward.

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  • USB-C Brings New Functionality to USB Connectors and Cables

    The latest addition to the USB connector lineup is USB-C, and, according to its developers, it might be the last (at least until the next one comes along). It takes the “universal” in “universal serial bus” seriously – not only is it sized slim enough to fit the sleekest smartphone, it’s also designed to make the most of the new USB 3.1 SuperSpeed+ standard, which enables broad enough bandwidths to transmit 4K UHD video to a flat-screen TV.  This means you could use the same cable to charge a laptop and connect a streaming device to your TV.

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  • Managing Industrial Control Equipment with the Right Transformer

    Industrial automation equipment presents a unique challenge for the transformers used to step power down to levels required by their electromagnetic control devices. Such solenoids, contactors and timers are typically inductive loads, and they can create brief periods of high inrush current when they first start up that general-purpose transformers aren’t designed to handle.

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