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  • Hanging Tough with Vertical Cable Supports

    Cable supports make the difference between being connected or disconnected in longer vertical raceways

    When constructing the Empire State Building in 1930, engineers found that the heavy non-armored electrical cable installed in vertical raceways or risers imposed excessive strain on terminations, panels or other connected devices.

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  • New Electronic Timers Give Consumers – And Contractors – What They Want

    Electronic timer technology has changed the way homeowners interact with timer-enabled switches. Now consumers have the option of intuitive controls and settings that can be changed remotely, using smartphone apps. However, contractors are becoming more involved in the initial setup of these devices, which is a switch from what some installers may be used to. Fortunately, the latest generation of timers is making that process easier, as well, improving the experience for both contractors and their customers.

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  • Material Concerns in Explosion-Proof Product Design

    Hazardous areas require special attention from specifiers. These are areas, as defined in the National Electrical Code, where a combustible atmosphere raises a risk of explosion if sparks or open flames or present. This risk could be the result of flammable gases, combustible vapors, combustible dust or easily ignitable fibers.

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  • Wiring Devices for the Homeowner

    My usual wiring "natural habitat" has been industrial/commercial settings. In fact, for over 25 years, I've been an IME.

    But, I occasionally hack my way through the residential jungle. Obviously, I'm the chief (and only) electrician in my own home. In fact, a few years back I was able to put my skills to work when we renovated our flat roof carport, morphing it into a laundry room, sewing room, and my personal office.

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  • Commercial/Industrial Wiring Devices

    After writing an article about residential wiring devices, I'm finally back to more familiar turf... commercial and industrial environments. But even though I've been around this stuff for a long time, the improvements and innovations continue to keep me interested.

    Some device considerations
    When choosing the right wiring device for a particular operation or use, you must consider various factors.

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  • Arlington Offers Interchangeable Floor Box Kits

    Arlington Industries is offering a new series of floor box kits, covers and accessories aimed at making floor box installation easier and faster for contractors. Among the new features are kit pieces interchangeable with a variety of other manufacturers’ floor boxes.

    The company’s kit for new concrete pours, for instance, includes a heavy-duty plastic FL BC 40502 floor box with six conduit hubs and four plugs, more than it and most other manufacturers previously offered.

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