Two Tools are Better than One: The Croc’s Wire Stripper and V-Cutter

If someone offered you brisket and BBQ ribs at a company picnic, would you really limit yourself to one or the other? When it comes to the tools you use on the jobsite, why limit yourself to one specific tool when you can have two and get the job done faster. In fact, what if those two tools could be combined into one super tool giving you the power to get wiring jobs done in a flash?!

OK, we may be going overboard a bit here. But in fairness, we’re only doing so to make a valid point. The Croc’s Needle Nose Wire Strippers and the V-Cutter are the perfect combination for any electrician. Use them together, or just stick to the Croc’s, but whatever you do, don’t settle for just one tool and twice the time to complete a job. Get both tools today from Rack-A-Tiers and be prepared for any job!

The Croc’s Needle Nose Wire Strippers

The Croc’s Needle Nose Wire Strippers are often referred to as the best set of wire strippers money can buy. We already believe these wire strippers and the V-Cutter are a match made in heaven, but wait till you hear all the uses of the Croc’s. This handy little tool is designed to make wire stripping easier, and keep you productive on the jobsite.

Each Croc has a needle nose tip for easier access into tight spaces. The tip has a stripper that’s perfect for NMSC and is easy to use inside boxes. The Croc’s Needle Nose Wire Stripper can be sued with conductor sizes from #10 down to #22 AWG for those who work with telephone wire. There’s a large cutting blade that makes general-purpose cuts easier and faster. The barrel sleeve crimper near the pivot offers a pinch point, and the “hourglass” shape of the handles is ergonomic. Not only is it easier on your hands and wrists to use the Crocs, it’s faster and more comfortable too!

The V-Cutter

While the Croc’s is a great product capable of stripping and crimping wire in tight spaces, sometimes you need to move fast and strip longer lengths of wire. This is where the V-Cutter comes in handy. The V-Cutter is a simple tool that attaches to most wire strippers, like the Croc’s Needle Nose Wire Strippers, and makes it easier to strip cable and wire in a single swipe.

The V-design of the blades makes it easy to guide the NMSC cable into the blade housing, and simply run the V-Cutter down the length of cable. This design virtually eliminates any concern over nicking and cutting wire insulators inside the cable.


NMSC Cable

You may have noticed that both the Croc’s Needle Nose Wire Stripper and V-Cutter are designed for use with NMSC cabling. It’s a good thing they are! Non-Metallic Sheathed Cable, or NMSC (also known popularly as Romex after the major brand), has been used in the vast majority of homes built in the last half century. NMSC cable includes the non-metallic sheath, that houses two or more insulated wires (and usually a ground wire) inside for safety. When you need to strip that sheath away, precision and speed count.

All too often it’s a struggle to strip NMSC sheaths with a standard wire stripper. In many cases, it’s too easy to pinch the interal wires or even cut into them as well. The Croc’s gives you control in tight spaces, but the V-Cutter makes stripping that sheathing away down long lengths easy and fast!

Streamline Your Work Today

Apart from one another, these tools are both essential to your tool kit or bag. Together, they give you the speed and precision to get any wire stripping job done quickly and accurately. Use the Croc’s Needle Nose Wire Stripper for small jobs in tight spaces, and strip long lengths of wire in a flash with the V-Cutter. After all, why settle for one when two is better?!

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Keep Your Vision Clear with the Driller’s Dust Bowl

There’s no better way to get the upper hand in an old-fashion fist fight than to throw a handful of dust, dirt, or mud in the other guys face. While he’s blinded, it’s your turn to the turn the tables and get the upper hand. However, the job site is no place to get a face full of dust, dirt, or any other kind of debris.

We know, we know. You probably already have a good pair of protective glasses you wear on the jobsite. That’s all well and good for the nails, staples, and other debris on the jobsite. Most glasses are designed to withstand impacts more than they are simply used to keep small particles out of your eyes. If you want to ensure the safety of your eyes, the Driller’s Dust Bowl is a must! Whether you’re installing can lights or drilling wiring holes, the Driller’s Dust Bowl keeps you clean.

Eat My Dust!

The Driller’s Dust Bowl is a simple tool from Rack-A-Tiers. The bowl can be applied to the end of any drill or hole saw and requires no adjustments to fit your existing setups. The flexible bowl compresses itself against the work surface, be it wood, drywall, or even concrete. From there, it traps all the dust and debris as you drill.

Rather than allowing all that dust to rain down on your face, and making your co-workers eat your dust, the bowl traps it all. When you’re done with each individual hole, simply dump the dust onto the ground or into the trash. It’s as simple as that. The benefits to you are immense. First and foremost, you can keep the jobsite clean as you go. The dust bowl can actually save you time on clean up at the end of the day!

More importantly, the Driller’s Dust Bowl can protect your eyes and your health in general. There are a lot of particles floating around in dust on the common jobsite. If you think your eyes are the only possible target, think again.

Why the Dust Bowl Matters

There is increasing evidence that dust on jobsites across North America poses a health risk. Whether you’re sawing concrete, drilling through wood studs, or cutting into drywall, you’re creating dust. The more of that dust floating around in the air, the more likely you are to suffer physically as a result.

According to HP Products, the following are some of the most common dust irritations/conditions on the jobsite:

  • Simple irritation: Exposure to dust results in immediate, uncomfortable irritation to your eyes, nose, throat, lungs, and skin. Eyes typically itch, water, and burn, and coughing increases.
  • Allergies/Asthma: Exposure to dust can aggravate existing allergies. Over time, it can actually lead to the development of allergies. Dust can also cause or exacerbate asthma, resulting in great physical harm.
  • Lung Disease: The worst possible outcome is the development of lung disease. Prolonged exposure to dust on the jobsite can negatively impact lung performance over time. In the worst case scenario, individuals have developed COPD and even lung cancer.

Even if you focus on just your eyes, there are plenty of threats from dust. The American Optometric Association cites data from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health that every day, 2,000 US workers sustain job-related eye injuries. The Driller’s Dust Bowl is simple, but it can help prevent these issues.

What’s So Dangerous in Dust?

The most common threat in dust is silica. Silica is Earth’s second most abundant element. You’ll find it in every concrete block, brick, mortar joint, and drywall section you cut into. Currently, silica dust threatens some 2.3 million workers in on 676,000 US jobsites.

Keep it Fresh, Get the Driller’s Dust Bowl

It’s not a cure all, but the Driller’s Dust Bowl is handy to have in your tool bag. Together with proper eyewear and other protective measures, the Driller’s Dust Bowl is an easy way to keep the air on your job site cleaner!

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Turn the Lights on with the Help of Your Bulb Caddy

Aside from the tried-and-true knock-knock jokes, there’s nothing more common among jokesters than light-bulb jokes. For example, how many aerospace engineers does it take to change a light bulb? Give up? Well, the answer is none. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to change a light bulb! All joking aside, someone has to change the bulbs when they go out. That’s why Rack-A-Tiers offers the Bulb Caddy.

There’s nothing enjoyable about going up and down the ladder. It’s no fun reaching into dusty sockets for burnt out lights. However, regardless of the joy involved, someone has to do the job. The next time you have to change a light, wouldn’t you like the job to go faster? With the help of our Bulb Caddy, it can.

What’s a Bulb Caddy?

The Bulb Caddy from Rack-A-Tiers can’t suggest a club off the tee or read the break on the green for you. However, the Bulb Caddy can lend you a helping hand on the jobsite. Whether you’re installing new light bulbs after construction or replacing burnt out bulbs, this caddy is the hand you need.

Stop wasting time going up and down the ladder as you move from one light fixture to the next. The Bulb Caddy is so simple it’s almost laughable. You simply attach the caddy to the side of your ladder, and you can clamp in as many as four bulbs at a time. The caddy is made with 10 lbs of XLPE foam, and will not only save time and money, but avoid the dangers of broken bulbs.

The Danger of Fluorescent Tube Lights

When you’re changing out light bulbs, dropping one and breaking it is annoying under the best of circumstances. In the worst case scenario, a broken fluorescent tube can actually be dangerous to your health. Fluorescent tubes contain mercury dust in many cases, and it’s extremely dangerous to inhale this toxin. Mercury isn’t particularly dangers to the touch because it doesn’t absorb through skin.

While the average fluorescent bulb only contains 3 to 5 milligrams of mercury, the thought of breaking one isn’t pleasant. Regardless of the type of bulbs you’re replacing and/or installing, a broken light bulb is lost work time. You have to stop what you’re doing, get off the ladder, and deal with cleaning up the mess first. The Bulb Caddy can help by providing a sure set of hands on the ladder.

What is XLPE Foam?

The Bulb Caddy is made of XLPE foam, which is a shorter name for cross-linked polyethylene foam. This time of foam is used in a variety of construction and trade projects. Examples include thermal insulation, expansion joints, and industrial gaskets. There are also applications outside of construction for this type of foam. Due to its buoyancy and resistance to rot, it is often used in floatation equipment.

XLPE foam is a resilient product that is extremely strong and absorbs a good deal of shock. This fine-celled foam is often cut thick and has other benefits such as resistance to mildew, mold, and bacteria. Best of all, it’s nontoxic and contains no CFCs, HCFCs, or hydrocarbon.

Save Time, Bring Your Bulb Caddy

The next time the boss sends you through the building changing light bulbs, don’t forget your Bulb Caddy. The caddy can hold numerous tube sizes, so it’s perfect for any job you run up against. More important than the convenience of the Bulb Caddy is the time you’ll save, and the safety you’ll enjoy.

Running up and down a ladder all day only increases your risk of injury on the job. With a Bulb Caddy on your ladder, you can bring the bulbs with you and know they’re being held firm. You’ll also save time running up and down that ladder multiple times. You can set your bulbs, and just move the ladder from one light fixture to the next. It’s that easy!

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