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#154865 - 11/22/04 01:18 PM material stock  
slumlordworker  Offline
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what do you guys keep on hand for material and how much


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#154866 - 11/22/04 01:52 PM Re: material stock  
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slum, are you talking about on da truk?

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#154867 - 11/22/04 04:52 PM Re: material stock  
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sorry on the truck or in the van or even in the trunk if you are hack like around my parts you see elects in cars


#154868 - 11/22/04 07:59 PM Re: material stock  
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Saw a variant on this question a few months ago... It really depends on what type of work you do.

A lot of conduit? Well, then, a few boxes of 1/2 & 3/4" connectors, straps and couplings.

If you're in a NM area, the EMT stuff would sit in the back and take up weight, but I bet you'd have a box of "Hit-Locks", where I wouldn't...

Service calls? Drywall compound/spackle and "cut-in" boxes, as well as FMC/"Greenfield" (or NM), as well as a small assortment of bath fan/lights, basic lighting fixtures, etc.

New construction? Cases of 1900's (4" sq. j-boxes), bundles of sticks (or coils of NM)

It goes on and on... you really have to look at the kind of work you're doing (and the mats you're using) over the last ten jobs or so and make up a list for your particular situation.



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#154869 - 11/22/04 08:03 PM Re: material stock  
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That is a long list and depends on the kind of work you're doing.

For me, if I might need it, I have two; and, if I usually need it, at least six. For example, I have two of each double pole breaker up to 40 amps, and six of each 15 amp. Driving for parts wastes too much time.

With my current employer, I built the stock up over two years, so it wasn't a big expense at one time.


#154870 - 11/22/04 11:09 PM Re: material stock  
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We do service work and remodel work. Our vans have a 10 page list of stock materials with everything from switches, receptacles, dimmers and cover plates in every concivable color, style or combination to ballasts to breakers to fan braces and device boxes, etc. Our vans are so well stocked the supply house calls us to see if we have an odd device. [Linked Image] And we have back stock for all of these things in the shop. We make a lot more money with our guys working on the jobs instead of driving to the supply house.



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