Telescoping Electrical Box Support: The Easy Way to Mount Outlet Boxes Anywhere Between Two Studs

October 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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When it comes to new-construction electrical work, in most cases it’s a given that electrical boxes for outlets and switches are automatically going to be located wherever there’s a stud on which to attach them. It’s common sense, really, but that plan can really be put to the test in situations where you (or a customer) may want carte blanche over electrical box placement, regardless of where the studs are (or, more importantly, aren’t).

Sure, there are those retrofit outlet boxes that are able to grab onto drywall, but what happens when you have a multi-gang setup that absolutely needs the structural support that studs offer? You can always custom-rig something on-site, but that can be both time consuming and logistically tricky, considering that you’d have to build a bracket from scratch in an environment where a lot of different people are trying to get a lot of different things done at once. It’s possible, but not ideal.

What would be ideal is something that would let you custom-configure electrical boxes off-site, show up to work the next day with your ready-to-mount fixture, zip it in place between a couple of studs with your power drill, and then dust off your hands and spend all the time you just saved on bigger things. Sound like you need an Erico Caddy Telescoping Electrical Box Support.

Designed to expand or retract to fit inter-stud spaces between 10 and 24 inches wide, Erico’s telescoping box support lets you create a “custom” bracket for up to 10 side-by side electrical boxes in very little time, and at minimal cost. You can use it for complete on-site installations, or as I mentioned above, you can pre-load your boxes offsite and/or ahead of time, and then quickly fit and fasten it into place on-site when you’re ready. Nothing like adding a little convenience and flexibility to your project!

The telescoping box brackets can be used for both new and retrofit jobs, and in addition to accommodating electrical boxes, they’re also great for mud rings, so you can use them in both high and low voltage applications.

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Super Duty Cords Cover: High-Capacity Cable Protection That’s as Flexible as Light Duty

October 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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super-duty-cord-coverBased on our frequent use of them around the office, as well as feedback from customers, everybody loves how easy light duty flexible cord covers are to use. They can go just about anywhere you need them, they’re lightweight, and they’re made of flexible extruded plastic, so they can be rolled up for storage without any problem. If they’re too long, you can cut them to length with a razor knife, and they provide plenty of cable protection for everyday home and office situations.

Just one problem. They can only withstand light traffic, and they don’t hold much.

Typical light duty cord covers are great if you have just an extension cord and maybe a couple of Ethernet or phone cords, but beyond that, conditions can get cramped and lead to crushed cables, which is what you’re trying to avoid in the first place… right? And don’t even think about subjecting light duty covers to high-volume foot traffic, or rolling anything larger than an office chair or small cart over them. They’re not built for that kind of rough treatment.

Up to now, if lightweight, flexible cord covers weren’t quite enough to deal with the kind of abuse your particular application would be dishing out, the only obvious next-step-up would be molded polyurethane or heavy duty rubber cable protectors, both of which are great, but have a tendency to be tough to store (they can’t roll up) and more expensive. Luckily, there’s a new big and flexible cord cover in town.

Meet the Super Duty cable cover, a sort of next-gen hybrid that combines the simplicity and flexibility of a light duty cord cover with larger size and increased toughness than lean more toward the high capacity end of the spectrum. Basically a flexible extruded plastic cord cover on steroids, the Super Duty is far better suited to life in warehouses, garages, special events and industrial settings than their smaller residential and office-friendly counterparts, thanks to longer length, larger wire channels, and 1/4 inch thick inner columns for improved support.

As with many of its light capacity counterparts, the Super Duty cord cover comes unslit, so you can decide exactly where and how you want to create cable entrance points along the flat bottom surface, using just a basic utility knife. One feature that I really like is that there are three different score marks running along the bottom of the cover, so that once you find a slit location that will work for you, there’s a guide to keep your knife straight and provide a cutting reference.

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Speed Nubs Rumble Strips: Think You’re Gonna Speed on My Turf? You’d Better Think Again.

October 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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speed-nubs-rumble-stripsWe’ve all got one: the moron down the street who rips down the road at twice the posted speed limit, so busy reaching for their dropped cell phone or honking and yelling at their high-class neighborhood drinking buddies that they can’t be bothered to look out for, say, kids out on their bikes, or cars coming in the opposite direction. There’s one such model citizen living about a block from me, and every single time I hear his rusted-out van tearing past, I wish that I had some of those spiky stop sticks that the police throw across the road to neatly and efficiently end high-speed chases.

While I have a winning design idea for a front-porch stop stick launcher that can reel deployed tire spikes back into my house after they’ve done their job, I’m unfortunately a mere civilian who can’t lawfully take such drastic measures. But I’m happy to say that non-law-enforcement types now have the means to control traffic speed in driveways and private parking lots, as well as at special events. Meet Speed Nubs Rumble Strips.

In addition to having an incredibly fun-to-say name, Speed Nubs Rumble Strips possess the power to get the attention of otherwise indifferent drivers, and have a way of encouraging better braking skills. Basically do-it-yourself speed bumps, Rumble Strips are heavy duty rubber strips that can be “nailed” into the ground via their included 3-inch spikes, anywhere that you see the need for speed control.

Rumble Strips come in pairs, and are available in black (to blend in), yellow (to say “watch out!”), or a combination of the two. They can be used at the ends of driveways, to slow incoming cars before they possibly encounter playing children, and to slow down kids on bikes who are inclined to speed out of the driveway and into the street without checking for traffic first. They’re also excellent for use in and around pickup/drop-off areas at schools and daycare centers, and can keep traffic flow in check in special event parking lots.

So, you think you’re gonna speed on my turf, huh? Then you’d best get ready to rumble.

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