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!


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


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

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!


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!!!


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!