Be a Current Geek with Your Handy Electrical Reference Book

Like many other careers in the trades, electricians cannot simply walk in off the street one day and start running wire. In order to become an electrician, you had to complete training courses and work under a master electrician before you could be considered fully qualified in the position. If you stop to think about it, that fact makes sense given the daily dangers electricians face on the job site.

The National Electrical Code in the United States was originally published in 1897, and has been updated ever since that time roughly every three years. The code is about 1,000 pages long and far too much for any one individual to remember from front to back. That’s why there are handy guides that offer you the information you need. Current Geek is a handy electrical reference guide you can take on any job and slip in your work bag.

What’s the Current Geek?

That’s a simple question to answer really. Do you feel like memorizing all of the information in the National Electrical Code? We didn’t think so. The Current Geek isn’t a replacement for the code itself, but instead offers you a compact and quick reference guide. The book itself is just 80 pages long, and has a wide variety of helpful charts, useful tips, informative diagrams, and key electrical information.

It’s not mandatory in any scenario to have the Current Geek, but it sure does come in handy. Inside you’ll find multiple sizing charts, with quick and easy-to-understand descriptions for electrical coding and other information. Best of all, the book is designed for the modern electrician.

Don’t Leave Home without It

If there’s one thing you have on you every day, it’s likely your smartphone. Tucked away inside the Current Geek you’ll find QR codes that help link you digitally to even more information. If the 80 pages of info inside the Current Geek aren’t helpful, simply scan the QR code with your phone or tablet.

The codes link to more in-depth electrical coding references. You can also use the QR codes to access instructional or informational videos on your mobile device. Having the Current Geek with you is like having a cheat sheet. If it’s not in the book, there’s a quick link to the things you need to know online. Just scan the QR code and off you go.

Why Does it Matter?

We all need a little assistance from time to time. No matter how sharp our memory is, distractions and focused tasks can distract us from the dangers. When it comes to working with electricity, one misstep can result in major injuries. Nearly half of the approximately 175 deaths seen in the electrical trades occur in construction, with electricians accounting for roughly 7% of total deaths in the building trades as well.

When you’re working with electricity, the dangers of voltage never go away. Federal safety reports continually show that one fatality after another stems from electrocution. This often occurs when try to fix existing wiring, appliances, light fixtures, air conditioners, or underground power lines.

The Current Geek can make your job easier and safer. Stuck for an answer to a particular situation? Use the reference guide to help you navigate the situation. Unsure of how to proceed on a particular job? Guessing isn’t worth the potential negative outcome. Just take a quick glance through the guide and make sure it gets done right.

Make a Smart Purchase

With one Current Geek in the bag, everyone in your crew is safer on the job. It’s not just about safer job sites either. You can be more efficient when you have a handy, easy-to-use reference guide available as well. Rack-A-Tiers takes pride in making sure that hard-working electricians are ready to face any task.

If you already have the Current Geek or want more references, consider the line of Ugly’s Reference Books. You’ll find multiple reference guides available with the same easy-to-access format. Additional information in these includes mathematical formulas, conduit bending info, and even life-saving first aid procedures.

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Strip Wires with Ease Using a Variety of Copper Wire Strippers

Anyone that works in the electrical field, or even those handymen working in the growing telecommunications field, is familiar with copper wiring. Did you know that copper wiring for building purposes, telecommunications, and electrical work accounts for almost three-quarters of copper use annually? According to Copper.org, that amounts to almost 933,000 tons of copper used each year.

Ask any electrician and they’ll tell you, copper is something they work with on a regular basis. When it comes to removing electrical or telecom wires, copper is often scrapped for later use. Scrap copper metal is then reused for a variety of purposes. If you’d rather not strip by hand, consider the variety of Rack-A-Tiers Copper Wire Strippers.

Why Strip Copper Wire?

Believe it or not, copper is one of the most commonly recycled materials in the world. Found in everything from extensions cords to desktop computers, it’s a valuable commodity. If you want to generate modest extra cash for your electrical business, copper wire scrapping could be a good option. Copper prices throughout 2016 averaged $2.00 to $2.30 per pound, with a one-time high of $2.67 per pound in November.

Ditch the Needle-Noses and Handhelds

Copper wiring is coated for use in electrical and telecom settings. Those wires are coated to prevent electrical shock when in use, but to scrap and reuse copper it has to be stripped. You can always strip coating from wires with handheld pliers and other tools, but there are faster ways to get the job done. Don’t waste time, get a Copper Wire Stripper from Rack-A-Tiers. See what it’s like to do the job in the half the time.

Copper Wire Stripper Jr.

The Copper Wire Stripper Jr. is the most affordable option for stripping wires. The smallest model in our lineup has a wire range of 14 AWG to 4/0, and boasts an all-aluminum frame with a hardened one-piece blade. The Copper Wire Stripper Jr. can strip either solid core wiring or braided wires. The wire guide is fully adjustable, and all you need to operate the Copper Wire Stripper Jr. is a standard power drill, something every handyman has in their arsenal.

A small note regarding the Wire Stripper Jr: don’t strap your drill down. You want the drill to be able to give a little while the stripper is running. It puts less stress on the drive shaft. Keep the handle of your drill facing away from the stripper’s front, and don’t exceed 300 RPMs.

Copper Wire Stripper – CWS2

If you want to strip copper wire even quicker to turn that scrap metal into cash for your business, then you might want to step up a level to the Copper Wire Stripper – CWS2 model. This larger bench model has an anti-slip base, so you don’t have to worry about losing control. The wire guide is full adjustable and the blade can be easily re-sharpened.

Like the Stripper Jr., the CWS2 model has an all-aluminum frame and a hardened one-piece blade. It’s capable of handling solid core and braided wire, but it brings more power to the table. The CWS 2 has a ½ horsepower motor and can strip wires from 14 AWG to 750 MCM.

Copper Wire Stripper – CWS1

If you want the best of the best, the Copper Wire Stripper – CWS1 model is your choice. It has all of the same structural features of the CWS2 model, but brings greater flexibility and speed to bear stripping copper wire. The CWS1 has a full 1 horsepower motor and strips wire from 14 AWG to 3 inches in diameter. There isn’t a wire stripper out there that does the job quicker or more efficiently.

Don’t Believe Me, See for Yourself

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, so surely a video is worth 700 words at the very least. You don’t have to believe Rack-A-Tiers based on this blog post. Click on over to our website to see the Copper Wire Stripper in action for yourself!

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Skip the Up-and-Down with a Ladder Mate

With modern tech toys like FitBit literally tracking our every move, people today are encouraged to move around more. These tech inventions track everything from the steps you take in a day to the rhythm of your sleep. While Rack-A-Tiers is certainly in favor of individuals maintaining a healthy lifestyle, there are good and bad times to be constantly on the go.

For tradesmen working in HVAC, construction, and electrical fields, a ladder is the last thing you want to get those steps in with. The Ladder Mate bin from Rack-A-Tiers won’t help improve your circulation, but it can go a long way in keeping you safe on the job. Only the Ladder Mate ensures you stay safe at work by keeping your tools right where you need them, within reach!

Meet the Ladder Mate

There’s nothing flashy or fancy about the Ladder Mate, and at Rack-A-Tiers we’re OK with that fact. Why does such a simple work accessory make us so proud? The answer is simple really. Rack-A-Tiers believes its products should make your job easier, but also help keep you safe on the job. Whether it’s Racksy Pad Knee Pads to protect your joints or a Plug Master that allows for safe circuit testing, our products don’t have to be flashy to prevent workplace injuries.

The Ladder Mate is adjustable and easy to use for any tradesman. The bucket easily adjusts to carry whatever loadout of tools and accessories you need. It includes adjustable dividers so you can tailor it to your specific trade, or even adjust on the fly for the demands of different job sites. Ladder Mate attaches easily and quickly to most fiberglass, aluminum, and wood step ladders. So what’s the benefit?

Why Get a Ladder Mate?

We’d all prefer a ladder mate to be someone handing us the tools we need when we need them. This Ladder Mate won’t do that, but it does make sure everything you need is within reach. The primary benefit of the Ladder Mate comes in the form of time and energy saved. Whether you’re running wire to ceiling light fixtures or working on HVAC ducts, your tools are right at your side.

Yes, a tool bag or belt sounds like it could do the same job, but not with the same efficiency. Hanging your tool belt from the ladder means reaching down into a dark bag fumbling for the right tool. On top of that, there’s no guarantee that bag won’t just slip right off the ladder! Tool belts are great, but what if the tool you need is on the back of your belt? You can’t see it and you’re working blind.

Ladder Mate puts everything within arm’s reach, where you can see it, and it connects to almost any step ladder. It won’t fall, you can easily see where all your tools are, and best of all you don’t have to run up and down the ladder all day. However, the Ladder Mate isn’t just about saving time and money. Believe it or not, the Ladder Mate could keep you on the job longer.

Ladder Injury Statistics

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls have been the number-one cause of unintentional injury mortality in the US over the past decade. In the workforce, 20% of all fall injuries involve ladders. For construction workers in particular, nearly 81% of fall injuries resulting in a trip to the emergency room involve a ladder. Worst of all, 43% of fatal falls in the last decade involved a ladder.

Going up and down a ladder comes with the territory for construction, HVAC, and electrical workers. You’ve got a job to do, and at Rack-A-Tiers we understand that. The Ladder Mate won’t prevent all falls, but it can help. The Ladder Mate saves you time and energy on the job site, first and foremost. More importantly, it limits the up-and-down that can increase your risk of falling.

Get the Ladder Mate today, and breeze through jobs faster while keeping yourself safer from slip-and-fall incidents when you’re working from a ladder.

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