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Whether you’re a professional or just a DIYer, it can be a great asset for you to have electrical tape in your toolbox at all times. Electrical tape is designed to be used for a variety of demanding and challenging uses which can be anything from protecting water pipes to repairing minor electrical wiring damage. However there are times when this special tape should and shouldn’t be used and here are some tips on where best use your electrical tape to help make your job easier.
Don’t Use Electrical Tape as a Replacement for Wire Nuts
It is important when using electrical tape on electrical wiring such as light switches, outlets, and junction boxes that the tape is used as a temporary measure and not a permanent measure. The reason for this is that with close contact to bare wiring the tape may heat up causing it to degrade over time. This can be problematic especially if it is in contact with something associated with you or your family members. To make sure your family is protected at all times it is best to substitute electrical tape with wire nuts for permanent installations.
Use Only on Minor Cord or Wire Damage
Electrical tape can be used to repair minor wire or cord damage, although it shouldn’t be used if there are frays, cracks or exposed bare electrical wiring. If you have cords that have a nicked or cracked outer sheath but the inner insulation is intact then you may use electrical tape for a safer repair. If the electrical wiring is exposed it may cause the electrical tape to heat up causing a fire hazard. It is also advisable not to cover the electrical tape with flammable materials such as cloths or rugs to also reduce a fire hazard.
Stretch the Tape as You Wrap
When applying electrical tape it is important to wrap it around the object properly to ensure that it works accordingly to how you need it to. To apply correctly it is designed to be stretched slightly allowing for it to adhere better to the object you are wrapping. Applying it loosely may cause complications with insulation protection leading to wire exposure.
Spray With Dielectric Spray
Spray the electrical tape with a clear coat enamel or another selected dielectric spray. This spray can help to protect the tape better and is able to provide increased insulation properties. When applying this spray it is important to turn off the power supply to the cabling until the spray is cured or dried.
It isn’t everyday that you need a 10-gang electrical box, but if you ever did, wouldn’t it be nice to know that you could snap one together in seconds, without any tools? I think it would be, especially after discovering the totally pieced-together hack job that was lurking beneath the 3 gang wallplate in the laundry room of my 90-something year old house. That’s why I wish that the home electrical noobs who threw together my 1-outlet, 2-switch combo had heard of Arlington Industries’ Gangable Plastic Electrical Boxes before they tried to be enterprising cheapskates.
Arlington’s gangable outlet boxes are an extremely affordable way for electrical contractors and around-the-house handy types to create multi-gang groupings of receptacles, switches, or low-voltage devices without the need to order specific-sized outlet boxes every time. What starts out as a double-gang box can be separated vertically down the middle, allowing you to snap in up to 8 side-free box extenders to create a gang box up to 10 devices across. When it’s wide enough, you have the option of sliding voltage separators between areas that will be housing power and low voltage, to help prevent interference between the two different types of wiring.
The expandable gang boxes are made of plastic, so they’re more flexible (in a good way) than steel boxes, which makes the parts easier to snap together manually and then install. The different components also take up far less storage space than traditional electrical boxes, so if you’re a busy contractor who prefers not to order for each individual job, you can keep a considerable amount of stock on hand without sacrificing your budget or shelf space, and have the freedom to snap together a custom solution at a moment’s notice whenever you need to.
Arlington Gangable Plastic Electrical Boxes can be used in new construction or retrofit projects, and are available in screw-on, nail-on or mounting wing screw styles to work with either wood or metal studs.