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#121044 - 06/09/05 10:28 PM Gizmos  
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Here are a couple of very different approaches to fishing down a wall.

The first is NORCAL's flex tool. It''s made for pulling flex down a wall with a fishtape. The angled end will take the flex smoothly with it. Finesse [Linked Image]


[Linked Image]


The other is my "Wallbomb". No finesse here. You could tie your mother-in-law to this and drop her down the wall with ease. [Linked Image]


[Linked Image]


Anybody else have any little "gizmos" they'd like to share???


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#121045 - 06/10/05 09:18 AM Re: Gizmos  
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I like the flex tool. Sure beats trying to hit a remodel hole with a soggy noodle...
Is the wallbomb some sort of fishing weight? Tell us a little more...


Mike Wescoatt

#121046 - 06/10/05 05:08 PM Re: Gizmos  
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I can make my mother-in-law available for continued testing.


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#121047 - 06/10/05 05:28 PM Re: Gizmos  
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The ASPCA prosecuted a guy for pushing his mother-in-law into the alligator pool at Central Park Zoo.
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Wood work but can't!

#121048 - 06/10/05 09:09 PM Re: Gizmos  
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Although it doesn't show in the pic, the flex puller has a "cap" across the angled end. You can see the hole on the bottom for attaching it to the fishtape.
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Yes it's a fishing sinker. At 4 pounds, it's 1-1/4"X 1-1/4"X 5". Pulls right out of a hole for a cut-in box.
There's a 20' length of #10 Jack Chain attached. You can use one end of the jack chain in hollow walls or small holes. Insulated walls don't offer much fight when it's turned around sinker end first.

Guys laugh when they first see it, but then often ask to borrow it after seeing it work. [Linked Image]


#121049 - 06/10/05 09:47 PM Re: Gizmos  
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anyone made and played a flute made of 1/2" emt? 2 trumpet players at my shop can get some interesting notes out of 1/2" too. Or a piece of 1/2" used with a b-cap wirenut as a blowgun.. accurate and hurts. [Linked Image]

(edited to remove profanity) [Linked Image]

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#121050 - 06/11/05 12:08 PM Re: Gizmos  
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I remember seeing a "BX puller" either in Practical Electrical Wiring or the American Electrician's Handbook... had the twist-in fitting on one end, and a rounded "mushroom head" with an eye on the other.

Neat adaptation!


#121051 - 06/12/05 01:04 AM Re: Gizmos  
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Here's my Gizmo, [Linked Image]
http://electrical-contractor.net/ubb/Forum1/HTML/005946.html
(scroll down to # 28 on the first page.)

I've got my thinking cap on and will get a pic or two of some of the unusual tools/tricks in the movie projector biz to send in....

(Edited to get right post #)

[This message has been edited by mxslick (edited 06-12-2005).]

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Stupid should be painful.

#121052 - 06/12/05 10:21 PM Re: Gizmos  
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I LOVE THE WALL-BOMB! One could kill if swung in the right or wrong direction, or fell from a ledder.

My gizmo for fishing, and works great too, is a small VERY powerfull rare earth magnet on a string. Drop it down a wood framed wall with your linemans stuck in a hole at the bottom and pull it out. For insulated, or steel stud walls, I thread the string through the eye on the end of the fish-stick, (like a fishing rod...) get it near the linemans and let the string go loose. Find a ball of insulation stuck to linemans, and magnet with string inside. (Also works if you drop linemans or other stuff in the wall!)


Mark Heller
"Well - I oughta....." -Jackie Gleason

#121053 - 06/13/05 06:32 PM Re: Gizmos  
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I ordered, on the net, a selection of nickel plated rare earth neodymium iron boron magnets (NdFeB) from 'Amazing Magnets' in California US. Boy, are they powerful! And very helpful people, the stuff came air-mail within a couple of days, 6000+ miles. The magnets are really strong, so you have to take care with them. Currently I have some 1/2" x 1/2" ones stuck on the inside of a metal file cabinet drawer. I have nowhere to 'slide them off' to, but I'm workin' on it. ( Seemed a good idea at the time, what an idiot! ) Cheap too, and in the shop I'm using them to hold chuck keys and other tools handy to the relevant machines. The weight that even a tiny one will support is absolutely astounding.
Alan


Wood work but can't!

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