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Clamp it on
We keep a few of these inexpensive clamps on the truck all of the time. We clamp them on cables that need to be quickly identified. It is a really easy and inexpensive way to temporarily mark a cable or wire. It is a snap to place and quick to remove.
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Make your mark
When laying out boxes or panels for conduit or cable entry, I always apply blue painter’s tape to the area I need to mark for later work or identification. After your pilot holes are drilled, be sure to remove the tape for a clean finish.
Oldie but goodie
Instead of stuffing my pockets and toolbelt every time I need to work in a small space, I keep a little bag filled with tools and parts I might need. I can hook the bag to a belt loop with a carabiner.
It makes it easier to do the crawl and speeds up the job.
Way out there
Sometimes you have to park your work vehicle far from the job site. How do you plan ahead, carry your tools and accessories, and save yourself trips back and forth?
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