The Most Read of 2020

Well, 2020 was an interesting year with so many changes to how we work, live, and socialize! Despite the tumultuous nature of the year, there was still cause to celebrate, and here at Gordon we celebrated the kind acts of our friends, colleagues, and partners with the creation of our Gordon Go-Getter page of the blog. It never ceased to amaze us how our community and industry came together.

Last year also had some new products introduced and new additions to the Gordon team. We are proud of everyone for making it through 2020! And thank you to all of blog readers for sticking with our puns and trips down memory lane. This top 3 list of the most read Product Talk posts is possible because of you. So without further ado, the three most read posts of 2020:

  1. Better Than a Lunchable and Bubblegum Rope! We introduced the new and improved Scotch Super 33+ Electrical Tape by 3M while learning about trends of the 90’s.
  2. If you haven’t been checked, then maybe it’s time!! We revisited a favorite from 2019 in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The pink 3M hardhats are a Gordon favorite!
  3. You’re not cool, unless you have a cooling towel! Back in July, all we could think about was beating the summer heat on the job, which made our discovering of the cooling towel by Klein Tools all the more exciting.

Happy New Year and here’s to 2021!

Rust Never Sleeps!

Not just the name of a great album by Neil Young, but the truth!

I busted my knuckles more than once trying to loosen rusted nuts and bolts. The scars still remain.

Steel is a metal that holds a lot of iron, and let’s say, for instance, that steel is constantly surrounded by environmental factors like water and oxygen, the steel may start to see signs of rust in as little as 4-5 days. At the same time, there are different types of steel that can rust slower or faster than others.

To avoid metal from rusting 3M has 16-501 Zinc Spray.

3M™ Zinc Spray 16-501 is a dispersion of fine powdered 97% pure zinc in petroleum distillates, used to inhibit rust and corrosion of metal surfaces. More about the spray:
• Non-corrosive
• Controlled drying
• Non-CFC
• Halogen free
• Easy application by aerosol spray
• Meets MIL-P26915D
• Comparable to hot dip galvanizing (at 0.0015-inch thickness)

Avoid rust from forming by using 3M Zinc Spray!!

~Woody

Better than a Lunchable and Bubblegum Rope!

When I was a kid, one of the popular things to buy with your pocket change was bubblegum. It was a constant favorite throughout my childhood unlike the Beanie Baby fad or Tamagotchi pets that did not last long. My sister and I used to have contests to see who could blow the biggest bubble, and we always bought the bubblegum rope. To the child version of me, the bubblegum rope felt like it contained more than the sticks of gum did. And if I was going to spend the little money I made from a lemonade stand on anything it would be the option that has the most gum–and a Lunchable!

Seeing the improved Scotch Super 33+ Vinyl Electrical Tape with 15% more tape (76 ft. now instead of 66 ft.) reminded me of the bubblegum ropes. It felt like this was the bubblegum rope for electricians and contractors, providing a little more than other electrical tapes. But the Scotch tape from 3M has many other notable features to aid you on the job like:

  • 7-mil thick vinyl insulating tape
  • All-weather design performs in ambient temperatures up to 221 degrees Fahrenheit and comfortable in cold weather down to 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Excellent resistance to abrasion, moisture, alkalies, acids, corrosion and varying weather conditions (including UV exposure)
  • Provides moisture-tight electrical and mechanical protection with minimum bulk
  • Primary electrical insulation for all wire, cable splices and bus applications up to 600 volts
  • Used for protective jacketing on high voltage cable splices and repairs
  • Compatible with solid dielectric cable insulations
  • Compatible with rubber and synthetic splicing compounds
  • Compatible with epoxy and polyurethane resins
  • Inhibits corrosion of electrical conductors
  • For indoor and outdoor applications
  • Used for harnessing and bundling of wires and cable applications
  • UL Listed: UL 510 Standard “Insulating Tape”, Category OANZ, File No. E129200
  • CSA Listed: CSA-C22.2 No.197 “PVC Insulating Tape”, File No. 048769, Class 9052-02

Now all we need is to make sure those Beanie Babies are really the currency of the future like we were told so we can get the Scotch Super 33+ Vinyl Electrical Tape!

~Kristine

If you haven’t been checked, then maybe it’s time!!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. We see the advertisements and posters so much that they don’t sink in so we don’t think about it until it is too late.

If you have never been tested it’s a good idea to get it done. Early detection is the key!!

Gordon Electric Supply takes cancer very seriously, so to show our support we once again will be selling the pink 3M hard hats and donating a portion of the proceeds to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

3M H-713R PINK HARD HAT
Technical Description:
4-Point Ratchet Suspension Type; HDPE Material; Pink Color; ANSI Z87.1 Applicable Standard; Grinding, Electrical, Remediation, Machine Operations, Sanding, Welding, Demolition, Painting, Assembly, Cleaning Application; SERIES H-700 Model

~Woody

All Tied Up

A friend recently lent me a copy of the book Spark Joy by Marie Kondo, saying it inspired her to organize her house. I was skeptical at first because I can be indecisive at times, which defeats the purpose of the Spark Joy method—determining the objects that bring joy to you and the ones that do not. This method helped my friend to declutter her house and donate a lot of clothing.

I decided to give Spark Joy a shot and see if it made a dent in my autumn cleaning (I missed spring cleaning big time this year). What I found out is that electric cables and cords do not spark joy for me.

Now, hear me out! The electric cables and cords are a necessary and well-done part of my home, but they have gotten out of control in a tangled mess in my office and basement. I could not throw them out, obviously, so I needed to find a solution that brought the joy back, organized the cables, and did not end in a literal spark.

Luckily, I came upon the TY400-120-Anti cable tie from Thomas & Betts by ABB! These antimicrobial-treated cable ties are durable enough to hold a bundle of cables up to 4.02 inches in diameter.

The best part? They are bacteria resistant and eliminate more than 99.9% of common surface bacteria. Now that bonus feature sparked joy within my household! The cables and cords in the basement and office are much neater and make me feel safer as the anti-microbial silver ion additive prevents the growth of bacteria, fungus, and mold.

The TY400-120-Anti Cable Tie from Thomas & Betts by ABB:

  • Is ideal for contamination-sensitive industries like healthcare and food processing
  • UL listed, RoHS and FDA compliant
  • Was tested by an independent lab to determine that it eliminates more than 99.9% of common surface bacteria.
  • Available in packages of 50
  • For indoor application up to 180 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Length of 14.6 inches, width of 0.299 INCH, thickness of 0.075 inch.
  • 540 Newtons (120 lbs.) tensile strength rating

~Kristine

You’re not cool, unless you have a cooling towel!

Man, it’s been a hot one this summer!!! Forget about frying an egg on the sidewalk; this kind of heat would fry an egg inside the chicken.

If you have to work outside or if you working inside with no air conditioning it’s brutal!

Unfortunately, sticking you head in a bucket of cool water is great, but it doesn’t last.

The good news is that Klein has a great product to cool you down and keep you cooled down. And the best part? It is reusable!

Klein Cooling Towel, Gray 60093

  • Advanced PVA cooling technology
  • Feels cooler than ambient air temperature
  • Activates quickly; under a minute!
  • Stays cool for hours
  • Multi-use; reactivate several times
  • 13-Inch x 29.5-Inch (330 mm x 749 mm)
  • To activate or re-use, wet the towel and gently wring out the excess water
  • Machine or hand wash with mild detergent; air dry only
  • Store damp in storage tube with cap off for daily use

~Woody

Get the Party Started!

America the Beautiful. Surfin’ U.S.A. Breakfast in America. R.O.C.K. in the USA. My Independence Day playlist (celebrating the holiday not the movie) is ready for the backyard BBQ I host each year. There is nothing I like better than putting together a playlist for a party.

But before I can start my 4th of July BBQ and cue the music, I need to set up the patio furniture and the cornhole tournament bracket. I also want to make sure that everyone can see when the sun goes down and the fireworks end, which is where Juno’s LED step light cutoffs come in!

These step lights are versatile for indoor or outdoor use as well as wet location rated. The JUNO 838LED-13W-40K-120-WH LED STEP LIGHT CUTOFF 41K are perfect for mounting into my brick stairs leading up to my house. They can also be mounted into a concrete pour, drywall, or used as an LED retrofit kit for existing June PL115 lights.

Here are more reasons why I chose the Juno 838LED step light:

  • They are energy efficient and provide 50,000 hours of life
  • 4100K color temperature
  • 120V input
  • Include a 5-year warranty on LED components
  • Die cast aluminum housing painted white for durability
  • Gasket for water-tight seal in wet locations provides IP65 rating with 838LED trim
  • Includes these components for housing:
    • Cover plate
    • (2) ½” conduit compression fittings provided for wiring
    • Conduit fitting plug
    • 2 brackets supplied for nailing unit to studs
  • The recessed housing design is IC rated and can be covered with insulation
  • Safety considerations:
    • No harmful ultraviolet or infrared wavelengths
    • No lead or mercury
  • LED light engine and driver mounted directly to trim assembly for ease of wiring and installation into housing after rough-in.

The Juno step lights keep the BBQ going! Now all I need to do is make sure the Independence Day (the movie) soundtrack is ready when the playlist ends. Cue the Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum!

~Kristine

Feel the Surge

Sweet summer time! It’s kind of different this year, but soon it will all be over. With summer comes thunderstorms. With thunderstorms comes lightning.

Myself, I love watching storms. I always think of the scene from Caddie Shack. Bill Murray being a caddie in a raging storm, saying “don’t think the heavy stuff’s gonna come down for quite a while.”

With all the electronics in our homes these days, one lightning strike can damage thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment.

To combat this, Intermatic has Surge Protection for a single device or the entire house.

For point-of-use:

The IG112463 Type 3 Point-of-Use Surge Protective Devices (SPD) are designed for heavy industrial use with 3 modes of surge protection (L-N, L-G, N-G). Features a 15 A re-settable breaker and #14 AWG SJT power cord with molded plug. CSA certified to ANSI/UL 1449, 3rd Edition.

For whole house:

The IG1240RC3 Series Surge Protective Devices (SPD) are designed for a variety of applications. A green LED indicator provides status of protection. Trusted, state-of-the-art TPMOV® (Thermally Protected Metal Oxide Varistor) surge protection technology eliminates the potentially hazardous failure modes that are commonly associated with standard MOV technology. Type 1 applications include outdoor installations before service entrances and utility meter cabinets. Type 2 applications include installations after service entrances. CSA certified to ANSI/UL 1449, 3rd Edition.

For HVAC:

Power surges are the silent killer for home appliances and HVAC equipment. Most homeowners protect their electronics, but leave more valued equipment unprotected. Surges can wipe out equipment and leave you searching for answers. Search no more. The easy-to-install AG3000 Surge Protective Device (SPD) is the perfect add-on for HVAC equipment. A green LED indicator provides the status of protection. Trusted, state-of-the-art TPMOV® (Thermally Protected Metal Oxide Varistor) technology eliminates the potentially hazardous failure modes that are commonly associated with standard MOV technology. UL Listed to ANSI/UL 1449, 4th Edition.

So the next time lightning strikes, be protected.

~Woody

THE Shop Light!

Shop lights have been around forever! You see them every time you walk into someone’s garage.

It’s usually hanging by ty wire over a work bench full of half-finished projects. And there is always one lamp burned out.

They come in all shapes and sizes from 2 foot up to 8 foot.

If the garage is not heated, they spiral and blink in the winter.

Now we have the magic of LED! Very slim/compact design, linkable up to 4 fixtures with multiple mounting installation, and it won’t blink when it gets cold! We are excited to introduce the SYLVANIA 61451 LEDSHOP/120/42840/4FT/G2 LED shop light now in stock to illuminate your shop.

Highlight Specifications:

  • 42W
  • 120V
  • 4,200 lumens
  • Size: 4 ft /
  • CCT: 4,000K
  • CRI 80
  • Pull Chain on/off (2.5 ft)
  • Beam angle: 120d
  • Plug-in installation
  • Non-dimmable
  • Lifetime: 50,000h
  • PF 0.9

~Woody

Is the TV room getting crowded?

These are definitely some freaky times!!! The best way to stay safe and protect others is to stay inside. If you have a large family, the TV is always in use, but not everyone wants to watch the same program. Not to mention, sometimes we need to separate or the TV room could turn into a wrestling ring!!

What to do, what to do!!

You need another TV, but it’s not that simple anymore.

When I was a kid, it was easy. All you needed to do was plug in the TV, adjust the antenna, and you had 3 channels. (If the screen was full of static, just add some tin foil to the antenna).

Now you must run a cable to the cable box but putting on the connectors can be a challenge.

Ideal Industries has just to kit to do the job!

The 33-620 Economy Coax Compression Kit includes the basic tools and connectors to cut, strip and terminate coax cables.

Applications: RG59 and RG6/6 Quad cable preparation and compression termination for F connectors.

Kit Includes:

  • 33-632 LinearX®3 Compression Tool
  • 45-605 PrepPRO® Coax (59/6/6Q/Plenum)/UTP Cable Stripper
  • 45-075 Data T®-Cutter
  • 10 RG-59 RTQ F Compression Connectors
  • 30 RG-6 RTQ F Compression Connectors

This kit has everything you need to correctly install connectors to your cable!!

So run the wire, hook up the box, and enjoy your favorite programs in peace.

And remember, this virus is no joke. Keep yourself and you love ones safe!! We will get through this!

~Woody