Vertical-Lok Electrical Duct Spacers: So You Don’t Have to Sledgehammer Your Way Out of a Conduit Mishap

August 18, 2011 by
Filed under: Raceway, Duct and Conduit 

vertical-lok-duct-spacersThis probably goes without saying, but “oopsie” is one thing you never want to say or hear during a job involving poured concrete. There’s something about that quick-drying, irreversible-without-a-sledgehammer building medium that has a way of inspiring a “let’s get this perfect the first time around” attitude. Laying down a new celebrity square on the Hollywood Walk of Fame must be a nerve-wracking nightmare for the person whose job it is to do it right, but do you know what’s even higher pressure?

Pouring concrete over conduit or wire duct.

Yikes. Just think about it – vital wiring for a soon-to-be building, all buried beneath a hard, thick layer of concrete. The tough stuff may be great for protection, but if anything slides the wrong way under the weight of the concrete being poured over, around and through it, who knows what could happen. All I can say is that you don’t want to be faced with troubleshooting once the concrete is in place. So how do you prevent any tragic mishaps?

One excellent way would be to use Ipex’s Vertical Lok™ Electrical Duct Spacers before the cement mixer pulls up. Designed to act as a sturdy frame to hold rows of conduit firmly in place, these spacers help duct formations stay properly stacked and in line, even under the pressure of pouring concrete.

Unlike some prefabricated duct support systems, Vertical Lok™ spacers come in individual sections, so that they’re easier to transport to, and handle on, the jobsite, and let you build a spacer configuration that exactly fits your needs. Featuring a tight fit and plenty of spaces to accommodate reinforcing bars, the Vertical Lok™ system gives your duct and conduit superior strain relief, so you don’t have to worrying about things bending, buckling, or being forced out of shape. And it doesn’t even require any special tools for assembly. This is one of the best “oops” preventers I’ve seen in a while.


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