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. BURNDY

Chuck Ross

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.

This is why many consumer-facing manufacturers have opted for a kit approach to packaging their products, and even developing kits for common repair needs. You might end up with an extra washer or spring, but at least you know you won’t be faced with a need for a mid-project hardware store trip to find a connector you’ve overlooked.

While forgetting a flange or the right joint lubricant might be frustrating to a DIYer, it can have actual financial consequences to an electrical contractor in the same situation. Having to step away from a jobsite for repeated supply runs can put a project behind schedule. By the same token, maintaining a just-in-case inventory of every size bolt and washer could prove to be a logistical nightmare.

So, kits have come to specific electrical assembly jobs, too. Take, for example, the important task of ensuring cable tray is appropriately grounded throughout its entire run. Both the National Electrical Code and general common sense require jumpers to maintain continuous grounding and bonding paths across discontinuous cable-tray segments. Each of these jumper connections requires its own collection of cable, hardware and cable labeling. With today’s jumper kits, contractors can be assured they’ll have the parts and pieces they need for each connection, without the worry of overlooking something or the bother of keeping track of their own overwhelming inventory.

“Kitted product simplifies the material acquisition process, while also saving installers and contractors both labor and time on site,” said Reid Ruland, grounding product manager with Burndy. “Kitting also aids with compliance as product is factory-installed, ensuring a listed connection is installed with correct tooling.”


Photo courtesy of BURNDY

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