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  • IDEA Connector: New Name, but Same Great Data

    For the last 20 years, behind the scenes, the Industry Data Exchange Association (IDEA) has been working to develop and improve the way electrical contractors and distributors find the electrical product and pricing information they need for bidding and other purposes. Long called the Industry Data Warehouse (IDW), the product database IDEA manages, was recently rechristened IDEA Connector, in a move IDEA says more clearly communicates the database’s intent.

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  • Grounding Kits Help Contractors Manage Cable Tray Project Details

    Any weekend DIY warrior knows the importance – and challenge – of being properly prepared for a Saturday fix-it project. Of course, this means having all the right tools at hand, along with a high-level plan of approach. But it can also mean keeping track of easier-to-forget, detailed requirements. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s realized a need for a replacement faucet washer in a different size, just as said faucet is in pieces in front of me.

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  • Helping Grounding Cable Move When It Needs To

    Grounding attachments are typically considered to be a stationary and permanent – after all, the equipment being used as a grounding connection is generally expected to remain fixed in place. But what about installations in which the protected equipment is frequently in motion? In these situations, a festoon-style approach can allow an appropriate range of motion without fear of creating pinch-points or other hazards in the grounding cable.

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  • IDEA’s IDW Data for Contractors Enters Year Three

    The IDEA (Industry Data Exchange Association) Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) is now entering its third year of successful use by contractors worldwide to streamline parts ordering and produce accurate and timely estimates.

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  • Common Grounding Issues – Part 1

    Electrical grounding and bonding are important parts of any electrical system. And, they can be somewhat confusing. When it comes to electronic equipment, manufacturers often include instructions to protect their equipment. But, sometimes it compromises the integrity of the overall system.

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  • Common Grounding Issues – Part 2

    In Part 1, we talked about the below-grade ground, or earthing. We looked at some of the approved grounding electrodes possible. This article concerns the installation of ground rods.

    Ground rod installation
    There should be at least two of them, no closer than six feet apart. The lengths recognized are 8 feet (minimum) and 10 feet.

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