Clamps, Marks and More

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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.

--John McLaughlin
St. Augustine, Fla.

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.

--Dan merriner
Follansbee, W.Va

Oldie but goodie

Grab bag

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. 

--Carl Eckhold
Monmouth, Ore.

Idea Igniter

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? 

Share your strategies with us!


Share ideas that have saved you time or money on the job with readers of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR. Your fellow electrical professionals would like to hear about them. Be sure to include a good photo of your idea if you can; hand-drawn sketches may be hard to interpret. Note that some similar ideas are sometimes submitted by more than one person. In these cases, the one that is more clearly written and includes a photo is given precedence. 

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Use the online submission tool at to send your tip and photo, or email it to or send a letter and photo to Pro Tips Editor, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR, 3 Bethesda Metro Center, Suite 1100, Bethesda, MD 20814-5372.

DISCLAIMER: The ideas presented in this article are for consideration only. Neither ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR nor Lowe’s, Inc. assumes any liability from your use of these or any other ideas. 

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