Pro Tips: Stickers, Spools and Shavings

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Ladder stickers

A great idea to make field workers think twice, and keep them safe, is to put a bright sticker on the second-to-top step of a ladder reading “suspended” and one on the top step reading “terminated.”

—Kevin Marshall
San Marcos, Calif.

Simplify the wire

New is very often well-forgotten old. Wire spools usually take a lot of space. My idea is simple, costs almost nothing and doesn’t take much space in a truck. Just use two pieces of scrap wood or plywood and one or two EMT pipes to keep your spools of wire organized.

—Arkadiy Svist
Mountain View, Calif.

Arkadiy Svist
Arkadiy Svist


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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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