Many electricians have seen the industry progress and modernise with new technology, some of our old tricks, however, have stood the test of time. Many electricians still use old school tips and tricks, and we’ve listed the best ones below!
1. Tennis ball. Using a tennis ball to pull a cable is genius! First, tie a jet-line to the tennis ball, throw said ball to the location you need it to be in, hook your wire to the string and pull. The cable will now be in the position you need it to be in with half as much of the hassle.
2. The paper trick. When using a screwdriver or nut-driver, try using a piece of paper roughly 0.5”x0.5” to wrap around the head of the device. Next, slip the head into the slot on the screw (note: you may have to bend the paper to tighten the slot). This trick works best with deep slots, so give it a try next time you’re using a screwdriver or a nut-driver.
3. Silicon. If you’re working in a damp location or are having to deal with underground wiring, why not try squirting a little silicon into the wire nut? This technique is perfect for keeping moisture out because when the chemical dries, it is left air-tight.
4. Paintbrush. Contrary to popular belief, paintbrushes are not just for artists. They can be used in a number of ways, including on an electrical site. As an electrician, you know how messy things can get with bits of debris and dust smothering the floor, so using this handy trick can be a real time saver. Carry a paintbrush with you at all times to quickly and easily clean dust, debris and shavings from panel boxes.
5. Hot air gun. PVC conduit can be a real nuisance when it comes to bending and shaping into place. We suggest using a hot air gun, targeted at the specific area you want to bend until pliable, to make that hard piece of conduit a little more flexible.
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