I have always been interested in labor-saving gadgets and how they affect an estimate. For the purpose of this article, I define a gadget as a material or tool meant to perform a task better and more quickly than the previously used material.
Not many things can shut down an organization’s operations faster and more completely than a power outage. Backup power sources may keep critical functions running temporarily, but power must be restored quickly to limit costly work disruptions.
Keeping track of tools is important for electrical contracting companies of every size. Tools are company assets, and losing or misplacing tools wastes valuable time and money to locate or replace them.
Winners of Showstopper Awards at the 2013 NECA Show in Washington, D.C., represent a broad assortment from simple to complex, ranging from a heated, hooded sweatshirt to a sophisticated mobile solar lighting system and magnetic cable ties to a 3-D laser scanning system that captures as-built docume
Electricians who do both conventional electric and voice/data/video (VDV) work and those who are new to VDV projects may use the cutters and strippers designed for electrical work to terminate low-voltage copper wiring.
On the job site, it’s always been about having the right tools and equipment. This probably goes back to about 250 B.C. when independent general contractor Archimedes was working on a project in Sicily and said, “Give me a place to stand, and the right lever, and I could lift the earth.”
No data communications project is complete until multiple tests confirm that it will meet the network plan’s specifications and building owner’s expectations. To conduct these tests, copper and fiber optic cable testing tools have evolved to meet the demands of today’s structured wiring systems.
Recent columns have focused on tools and test equipment and how to use them, but what about taking care of them properly? This point was brought home to me recently when I spent two days training instructors to help them get started with their Fiber Optic Association (FOA) certification classes.