What's your favorite tool that is best known for it's use in another trade?
For example, my favorite non-electricians tool is the C-grip which is usually used by welders. It uses the vise grip action but instead of a pleirs end, it forms a big C. They're great for holding a panelboard in place while you reach for the screws & your cordless screwdriver. Also handy for holding conduit to beams & girts while you dig around for a strap. I refer to my pair as my third hand.
Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.
I have a cheap 4x4 remote control toy monster truck. It was the result of a brainstorm when I was pulling several runs of Cat5 cable in a drop ceiling in a large office. Just tie the cable to the roll bar, stand on a ladder with my head above the grid ceiling and drive the truck to the desired location. It climbs right over lay-in fixtures and other cables. Once you get to where you're going, just move the ladder to retrieve the truck and fish the cable down the wall. The truck even has headlights! I had a hard time convincing my kids it wasn't a toy!
Re: Non-electrical tools#1293 05/07/0110:21 AM05/07/0110:21 AM
I fly RC, but I've never actually used it for work in any way. I've got a truck too, and I'll keep that idea in mind if the situation ever occurs for me. The slower Radio Shack 4x4 models would work great! www.kellyelectric.electrical-contractor.net/Planes/Plane.htm shows some of my aviation exploits including some aerial photography via RC.
[This message has been edited by sparky66wv (edited 05-07-2001).]
-Virgil Residential/Commercial Inspector 5 Star Inspections Member IAEI
Re: Non-electrical tools#1294 05/07/0110:57 AM05/07/0110:57 AM
Don, I know and I do. I was just saying that the truck can over-come most obstacles found in a grid ceiling. The network engineer at these offices provides the Cat5 cable and it is usually shielded/plenum cable wether it is required or not. None of these ceilings have been plenums so far. We stay away from the lights anyway.
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Fred: [B]I have a cheap 4x4 remote control toy monster truck. It was the result of a brainstorm when I was pulling several runs of Cat5 cable in a drop ceiling in a large office.
Best idea that I've heard in a long time......
Re: Non-electrical tools#1298 05/09/0109:13 AM05/09/0109:13 AM
I like the little "A" clamps that most carpenters use on their "plumb bobs". I do keep a plumb bob in my bag. I can't tell you the number of times that I have laid out fixtures on the ground, and used a plumb bob to transpose the locations up to the ceiling.
Re: Non-electrical tools#1299 05/09/0109:38 AM05/09/0109:38 AM