A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work!!

I have heard this saying a lot, but I don’t think it is always true. Hear me out:

Who remembers Captain Quint form Jaws? His fishing trip didn’t end well at all!

Or Captain Ahab? He went down roped to the whale!

Then there are those guys up in Alaska catching crabs. The Baring Sea, 10 degrees Fahrenheit, high winds and sliding around on the frozen deck of a boat full of vengeful sea creatures that walk sideways and have pinchers! (on second thought—that would make a great movie!)

Fishing through conduit to pull wire is the same way! Sometimes the tape pushes right through and the wire pulls easily while other times the conduit is clogged or the wire won’t pull, and when it does you wind up with the fish tape all over or bouncing off of a live buss!

Milwaukee Tool has a very cool answer for this!!

The MILWAUKEE® M18 FUEL™ ANGLER™ Pulling Fish Tape System is the world’s first battery powered fish tape solution. The fish tape wire puller’s AUTO-RUN™ Powered Feed and Retract eliminates manual pulling tools for less user fatigue and automatically reels the tape back into the drum for a cleaner jobsite. The electric fish tape wire puller features a POWERSTATE™ brushless motor that provides the ability to pull wire through a 200′ run with 360° degrees of bends. This new battery powered fish tape puller is more efficient with an automatic feed that pushes through bends faster for maximum jobsite efficiency. The M18 FUEL™ ANGLER™ Pulling Fish Tape Powered Base is powered by the M18™ REDLITHIUM™ battery pack and is compatible with 4 anti-binding steel and non-conductive drums to tackle any situation. The automatic wire puller is equipped with REDLINK PLUS™ Intelligence to ensure maximum performance and protection from overload.  

~Woody

See the M18 FUEL™ ANGLER™ Pulling Fish Tape in action:

The only wires that should be in your teeth are braces.

RWB WireStripperWire strippers have come a long way since I was a kid. Then again there really was only one reason for me and my friends to ever use a pair. You see back in the day cars didn’t come with cool stereos with speakers everywhere, no, we had an AM radio and one small speaker in the dash. The solution, head down to the local stereo shop and buy a groovy new AM/FM CASSETTE stereo!! If we were lucky, it fit right in place of the old radio. Next, connecting the wires. We usually ran a wire directly to the battery for power. Not a good idea. Now the speakers!! Since we never had a pair of wire strippers, we would use our teeth to strip the wire. By time we were done there was a mass of wires and tape under the dash and we had sore gums from chewing the insulation off the wires.

Avoid sore gums, and get a nice pair of wire strippers! Ideal for example, has a great line. Right now they are offering a limited edition 100-year anniversary wire stripper. It comes in a red, white and blue color scheme to commemorate 100 years of being made in America!

Ideal 45-619

~Woody

One Tool to rule them all, One Tool to find them; One Tool to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them.

Capture

You’re charged with a quest! To install a new outlet in order to plug in the new landscape lights. This journey will lead into the dark underbelly of your house, known as “The Crawl Space.”
You must choose your weapons carefully, for you will be alone with no elves, dwarves, or small hairy folk to help you. First, the Klein 602-7DD Demolition Driver. It has a seven inch blade and is made to chisel through rock and stone. (Disclaimer: It will not glow when Orcs are around!) Next, the most important, the Klein J206-8C All-Purpose Pliers. With this tool you can strip solid or stranded wire, shear 6-32 and 8-32 screws, and the long nose is great for grabbing and looping wire. The long nose can also be used to UN lodge small shiny items that may be stuck in the earth with the power to save the world.

  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • EC&M Magazine’s Product of The Year 2015 Platinum Award Winner
  • Strips and cuts 8-16 AWG solid and 10-18 AWG stranded wire.
  • Long nose for extended reach, grabbing and looping wire.
  • 6-32 and 8-32 screw shearing.
  • Induction-hardened cutting knives for hard wire.
  • Hot-riveted joint ensures smooth action with no handle wobble.
  • Forged steel for maximum durability.
  • Spring-loaded for self-opening action.
  • Dual material Journeyman handles provide better grip.

~Woody