Well, my wish is that we could get some things that are available in other parts of the world, like more diesel engine choices for work vehicles. And a better selection of mid-sized work trucks and vans.
Also, I would love to see the diesel powered mini-Sprinter like pickups and vans that you see in the UK, Europe etc become available in the US.
With rising fuel prices, I hope this will soon become a reality.
#55042 - 08/13/0503:03 PMRe: Things you wish were made
Well it's not legal for PVC but it is not prohibited for RMC.
344.24 Bends — How Made. Bends of RMC shall be made so that the conduit is not damaged and the internal diameter of the conduit is not effectively reduced. The radius of the curve of any field bend to the centerline of the conduit shall not be less than indicated in Table 344.24.
You can bend RMC however you can as long as you do not damage it.
I know you where looking for something a little better.
Bob Badger Construction & Maintenance Electrician Massachusetts
#55045 - 08/13/0504:17 PMRe: Things you wish were made
Sure- let's see you use a propane torch to get steel pipe that large hot enough to bend! Lots of luck! And, BTW, make sure you've got good ventilation, as the heat will vaporise the zinc- and those fumes are NASTY!
I bend large pipe- and small, gentle bends only at that- using a 12 ton bottle jack, frame, and bending shoes- all from Harbor Freight, for about $75. It is a bit heavier and larger than what you're asking for, but it works. I suppose the frame and shoes could be made of aluminum. Just keep your bends to about 15 degrees, and you're OK. Works on EMT as well.
As for my wishes, they are somewhat more modest.
I love cordless tools. Now, if only (a)batteries were interchangeable between brands, and (b) you could buy the tools without also buying a pair of batteries and a charger. (If you could, that $250 drill would sell for $75- and I'd be able to have lots more tools!)
I wish my ratcheting cable cutters would also cut ACSR. At least to 2/0.
Setting ground rods would be a dream, if I had a "transporter" like the one in Star-Trek! Speaking of "Star Trek," those anti-gravity boots sure would save a lot on lift rentals!
More 'down to earth,' how about some sort of pilot device that would let you enlarge a hole (on center, or a little to the side). Hole saws don't work too well on existing holes.
Finally, I wish pick-up trucks had modular bodies...so I could easily slide off the utility box at the end of the day, and slide on whatever body I wanted- a dump bed, an open bed, a kid & pet-carying "passenger" module, you name it.
#55048 - 08/13/0507:02 PMRe: Things you wish were made