Find Yourself a Stud in a Heartbeat

Don’t worry folks, Rack-A-Tiers hasn’t turned into a dating website on you in 2017. Nope, we’re talking about finding those studs in residential and commercial construction sites instead of a, well, handsome man. The Stud Ball is a handy, simple tool from Rack-A-Tiers designed to help you quickly and easily find steel stud beams the next time you’re on the job site. Before you scoff, it might surprise you how quickly steel is being adopted for use beyond the commercial jobsite.

Those working in the commercial sector for years have been dealing with steel stud finders for decades, but only within the past few years have steel studs become more popular in residential construction as well. When those standard stud finders don’t work, you know you can trust the Stud Ball to get the job done right, every time.

Why a Steel Stud Finder?

For centuries homes have been built using timber. If you’ve worked in home construction in North America anytime in the last 50 years, you know that the vast majority of homes have been constructed since then using wooden studs and wood frames. However, steel is quietly gaining popularity in some residential projects because it creates less waste during fabrication (2% compared to 20% for lumber studs), isn’t susceptible to mold or termites, and if need be steel studs could be scrapped and reused.

Steel is no longer used exclusively in commercial construction, which means you need the right tools in your belt to tackle any job from commercial to residential. The Stud Ball is that tool!

Meet the Stud Ball

To call this tool simple and easy-to-use is an understatement. You won’t find another stud finder on the market, for wood or steel studs, that is easier to use than the Stud Ball. This product offers a protected magnetic stud finder capable of locating steel studs behind various surfaces, including drywall 1/2 or 5/8 inch thick, 3/4 inch plywood paneling, and even ceramic tiles.

The Stud Ball boasts impressive performance for such a simple tool. The 27 lbs of magnetic pull not only makes it abundantly clear when you’ve located a stud, but it also offers such strength that you might be able to hang up your tools once you’ve found the last stud in the room and enjoy your lunch break, just ask contractor Cody Metcalfe.

Every job is about speed at the end of the day. You always want to get the job done right, but life’s a little better when you get it done fast and right at the same time. We’re so confident in the past performances of the Stud Ball, we know it will help you find as many as 40 steel studs on a wall with 5/8 inch drywall in less than one minute. How’s that for efficiency?

Do You Really Need a Stud Ball?

We might be biased, but the answer is a definite yes. Standard stud finders don’t have a mechanism for detecting wood behind drywall as opposed to copper piping, electrical wiring, or metal studs. Typical stud finders help you find a wooden stud because it is capable of detecting a figure behind the drywall or paneling. What that figure is cannot be guaranteed by the stud finder you’re using.

The Stud Ball is no one-trick pony though! Just because you buy the Stud Ball doesn’t mean you’ll need a separate stud finder for wood studs. The magnet in the Stud Ball is so powerful it will “stick” even when it finds nails and screws used in the fastening of drywall. This means you’ll be able to find both steel and wooden studs with just one stud finder in your tool kit.

Stud Ball is easy-to-use, and when that ball catches and sticks to steel, you’ll know it immediately. The beauty of the Stud Ball is the surety you get when it contacts a steel stud and the speed with which you’ll get the job done. No guessing, just detecting!

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Get Your Colors Straight with Phase It Right from Rack-a-Tiers

When you’re dealing with highly charged electrical wires, there’s not a lot of room for error and misidentification. Unless you’re interested in a literal jolt to start your day or perhaps going for that Bride of Frankenstein look with your hair, it’s best not to mess with electrical wires during installation. However, as any commercial electrician will tell you, install jobs can get confusing in a hurry.

Aside from running a lot of line as you wire up a new building, you are likely to be installing several different cable bundles. In most cases, this is going to take a lot of time and require a good deal of care. As we mentioned above, electrical wires are obviously nothing to mess with. Keep it all straight at your next job with Phase It Right pre-printed color wire markers.

Why Colors?

There’s a very simple reason that color was introduced to electrical wiring in the first place. The wires for AC and DC power distribution branch circuits are colored coded to allow for the quick and easy identification of individual wires. It’s important to note that these color codes are different in the United States and Canada, so it’s always a good idea to double check the standards before ordering Phase It Right color wire markers from Rack-a-Tiers. For a quick reference guide, see below:

  • US National Electrical Code (AC)
    • White/grey for neutral power conductor and bare copper
    • Green/green with yellow stripe for protective ground
    • Line/single phase is black or red
    • Line/3-Phase (Label L1) is black, with accepted alternate brown
    • Line/3-Phase (L2) is red, with accepted alternate orange
    • Line/3-Phase (L3) is blue, with accepted alternate yellow
    • Canadian Electric Code (AC)
      • Protective ground is green or green/yellow
      • Neutral is white
      • Line/single phase is black or red
      • Line/3-Phase (L1) is red
      • Line/3-Phase (L2) is black
      • Line/3-Phase (L3) is blue

Why Do Color Codes Matter?

The answer to this question is both easy, and two-fold. First and foremost, it ensures your safety as an electrician during installation and also provides for proper installation. You wouldn’t want to finish an entire job only to find that at one juncture in the wiring process the wrong lines were run to a certain location or from the wrong circuit.

Additionally, Phase It Right color wire markers and colored wires just make it easier to do your job. Rather than keep constant track of which wires you are running from each individual circuit to a particular location, you’ll know for sure just by first sight that you are running the proper lines based upon color. Phase It Right color wire markers ensures an added layer of protection by making it even easier to identify and label certain wires.

Phase It Right

There’s nothing fancy about this Rack-a-Tiers product. The Phase It Right pre-printed wire markers ensure that your electrical wires are always labeled correctly from the get go, so you can safely and efficiently finish any commercial electrical installation. As we noted above, it’s important to double check the Canadian and US books for color coding before you order to ensure your installations go smooth.

The choice is simple really. You can spend twice as much time carefully tracking all your wires during an installation, or enjoy immediate recognition of any wire based upon US/Canadian electrical codes to breeze through installation with no concerns or mix-ups.

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This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Electrical Tools Catalog: The All-New Rack-A-Tiers Catalog

If you’re relatively new to the electrical field, or maybe you’ve been shopping with one of our competitors for a few years (don’t worry, we forgive you), you’re likely unaware of the true grace and beauty that is a Rack-A-Tiers product catalog. Far from being just a simple catalog of tool product descriptions with a pricing guide and order form, the Rack-A-Tiers catalog is what your high school teacher back in the day would have referred to as “required reading.”

For electricians at any stage of their career, the Rack-A-Tiers catalog goes beyond simple industry knowledge and product advertisement. When you’re the first one to the job on a Monday morning and you’re feeling a bit cranky because, well, it’s Monday, the Rack-A-Tiers catalog just might put a smile on your face with its artfully crafted cartoons. Yes, it really is that good! So what’s all that special about our 2016-2017 Product Catalog? Honestly, it might be easier (and faster) to tell you what isn’t!

Starts on Page One

At Rack-A-Tiers, we pride ourselves on putting a smile on your face in addition to saving you time and money on the job site. Pick up our new catalog, and right on the cover you’ll get a taste of the artwork we’re famous for. But don’t pass it by so quick! If you take a close look at our work, you’ll notice we’re using our famous cartoons to show you exactly why so many electricians rely on our products to make the job faster, easier, and safer.

From the frustrated gent trying to manage his colored wire list while installing a stove fan to his buddy living the easy life with his sticky tags in place, laddermate holding his tools, and his trusty Phase It Right color coding guide, our cartoons make you laugh and promote our products right from the get go.

What You Won’t See…

Sometimes absence adds to the value of any item. The Rack-A-Tiers catalog isn’t some electrical industry magazine peppered with ads every other page. It might be bulky at 48 pages in length, but there isn’t a hint of fluff in this catalog! Every last page has valuable information on all of our products, from pricing and uses to benefits of the product and even comparisons to similar products offered from Rack-A-Tiers.

A Product Catalog

Cartoons and entertainment aside, the Rack-A-Tiers catalog is a must-have item for any electrician. As we said above, the pages within contain valuable information on each of our products, including the popular uses, how the items can save you time and keep you safe on the job, and yes, there’s a bit of humor included in the design of each page.

Our catalog is so much more than paper bound together though, it crosses the divide into the digital world as well with the inclusion of QR codes for certain products. Whip out your smartphone and scan the QR code for a given product, and it’ll take you to a video of that tool in action. More than just reading about how those tools work and what they can do, you can see how electricians like yourself are using them to save time and stay safe.

For example, flip to page 12 of this year’s Rack-A-Tiers catalog and you can read about the easy 3-step process for using our Hoppy Bender. You’ll see three simple steps acted out for you so you can “Get Bent” in a hurry, a list of features for the Hoppy Bender, and that handy QR code so you can view the Hoppy Bender in action.

What are You Waiting For?

The 2016-2017 Rack-A-Tiers product catalog is more than just a book, it’s the ultimate resource for electricians in North America. From a good laugh and product features, to cartoon guides and online video links, you’ll never find another product catalog available in the industry that offers you everything that the Rack-A-Tiers catalog has. Don’t wait any longer, get your copy today!

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