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

Not Another Top 10 List…The Best of 2019

Top 10 lists or countdown lists from 2019 are everywhere as 2020 comes around the corner. You might be sick of all of the countdown lists, so we thought we would, of course, add one more to your reading list! Luckily this is only a Top 4 list.

Over the years, Woody has shared some fun memories, thoughts, and information about the electrical industry. To celebrate another year of electrical humor and new products, we are taking a look at some of the best 2019 blog posts.

And without further ado:

  1. Gone FIshin’: Woody had a fun time with this fish tape solution from Milwaukee. We think he hid the fish tape tool and only shared the video with us!
  2. Is It Ever Gonna Warm Up?: A question that has been on my mind recently, but that is a Midwest winter for you. Woody sums up our need to stay warm with a Marley space heater and shares his new favorite television show in the process.
  3. Think Pink with 3M: Woody gets serious to explain the importance of our partnership with 3M for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We ended up donating proceeds from these sales to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, a great organization for information and support.
  4. Sliding through the raceway made easy!: The sad news is that this post is not about a water slide. The good news is that Polywater Lubricant J is an effective solution for pulling wire through conduit.

There you have it: the top 4 posts from 2019. You can read the full article by clicking on the link in each title. Thank you for enjoying and have a happy New Year!

~Kristine

Think Pink with 3M

Breast cancer is one of the most common kinds of cancer diagnosed in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point in their lives.

The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s discovered and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of finding breast cancer early. Make a difference! Spread the word about mammograms and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.

How can National Breast Cancer Awareness Month make a difference?  We can use this opportunity to spread the word about taking steps to detect breast cancer early.

3M is helping with the H-713R pink Hard Hat

These hard hats show support for breast cancer detection all while looking stylish!

  • 4-point ratchet suspension allows wearer to customize height and fit
  • Meets requirements of ANSI/ISEA Z89.1-2014 Type I, Class C
  • Replaceable brow pad enhances comfort and extends service life of hard hat
  • ANSI/ISEA compliant when worn in the forward and reverse donning positions

 

And the P2001 No-Touch Ear PlugsA comfortable and easy way to show your support for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

  •  No roll-down, easy-insertion design keeps tip clean even if hands are dirty
  • Push-to-fit livewire stem flexes sideways if impacted during wear
  • Cylindrical shape fits most ears comfortably
  • Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) 29 dB. CSA Class AL

~Woody

If it can’t be fixed with Duct Tape, then you’re not using enough Duct Tape.

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There is nothing in the world that cannot be fixed with Duct Tape.

I once owned a red compact car. Driving to work one day a pheasant decided to take on my front bumper. His sacrifice to his fellow car hating, feathered friends was not in vein. He charged my bumper and with a blast of feathers, the bumper was in pieces. Not having a lot of spare time (or money) at the time, the perfect solution was duct tape! Even better, RED duct tape! Problem solved.

3M™ Heavy Duty Duct Tape 3939 has the tensile strength and adhesion for splicing, masking, patching, seaming, hanging poly sheeting, sealing PVC pipes, covering trip hazards and a host of other industrial applications.

  • Industrial-grade duct tape for splicing, masking, patching, sealing and seaming
  • High tensile strength for a secure hold under stress
  • Thick rubber adhesive bonds to most rough and smooth surfaces for a tight seal
  • Silver polyethylene surface resists wear, abrasion and water

 

So no matter what your need, whether taping a bumper together or your younger brother to a tree, 3M Heavy Duty Duct Tape 3939 is the product for you!

~Woody

Who knew yard work could be so electrifying!

Summertime! Swimming, barbecues and yard work.
There is nothing better than being one with nature and getting your hands in the soil. Taking your little hand spade and piercing the earth to give back by planting flowers. As the spade cuts the ground you can smell the fresh dirt and then you feel it! The sharp tingling sensation going up your arm as you see a bright flash and smoke come out of the hole.
You open your eyes and your looking straight up at the clouds. You crawl over to the hole and realize you dug through the power line going to the front post light.
What now? You can’t just tape it up, what to do?
You can use the 3M UF underground splice kit!

3mtm-uf-splice-kitThe UF Splice Kit consists of a connector-insulation assembly and a heat shrink tube. The connector assembly contains four cylindrical set screw connectors separated by a piece of vinyl insulation. The heat shrink tube is a heavy-wall, adhesive-lined tube. Underground Feeder (UF)-B cables are flat, and typically have three solid conductors without ground or two solid conductors with a ground. They range in size from 8 AWG to 14 AWG. The most common UF cable size is 10-14 AWG. The 3M UF Splice Kit is offered in two versions: UF1 Standard Kit includes a 1.8″ length terminal connector and an 8″ length of heavy-wall, adhesive-lined heat shrink tube. UF2 Stretcher Kit has an 11.7” terminal connector and a 20” length of heavy-wall, adhesive-lined heat shrink tube. The Standard Kit is used in most applications. The Stretcher Kit is used in situations where a 7-10 inch section of the cable has been damaged or destroyed. It eliminates two connectors and a short piece of cable during repair.

3M UF1 Standard Kit

3M UF2 Stretcher Kit

Then…… go see the doctor for the burns on your hands!!!

~Woody

I was walking down the street wearing glasses when the prescription ran out.

CaptureI think one of the worse sources of pain is getting something in your eye.
Do you remember the movie The Birds? It was from 1963, a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people. The birds seemed to have a thing about going after their eyes! The creepiest scene is when Jessica Tandy finds her neighbor dead, with his eyes pecked right out of his head!
Imagine, if they only would have had some good safety glasses to wear.

3M™ has a great selection of glasses that will save your eyes, and look great doing it. (Unlike the glasses I had in 4th grade.)

VC220AFThe 3M VC220AF Virtua™ CCS Protective eye wear with Foam Gasket features a comfortable seal that helps limit eye exposure to nuisance dust while providing additional cushioning. These come with built-in reading lenses. The anti-fog lens coating and removable foam-lined gasket with airflow vents make this protective eye wear ideal for humid environments. Virtua CCS eye wear also includes the Corded Earplug Control System (CCS).

SF401AFIf you have a large crew that you need to provide eye protection for, the 3M SF401AF SecureFit Safety Glasses with Clear Lens, Anti-Fog Coating, and Black Temples with Neon Green Accents is a great product for you. Not to mention that you can’t beat the price! These glasses are also super lightweight and extremely comfortable.
So remember, always take care of your eyes!
~Woody