The Deadeye chip collector

Sounds like the title of an old western. He walks into the saloon and looks around with his one good eye to find the card game in the corner. He sits down and wins every hand.

The Ideal 36-815 chip collector is a handy device. If you have ever had to drill into a hot panel, you know the risk of the chips falling across the bus bars.

THE DEADEYE™ Magnetic Chip Collector securely attaches to magnetic surfaces and collects metal chips while cutting.

  • Works with up to 2-1/2″ diameter cutters
  • Minimal profile provides improved visibility and access to workspace
  • Integrated keychain loop
  • Protects exposed wires, cables and equipment from hot, sharp metal
  • Prevents hot metal chips from falling on exposed skin
  • Keeps workspaces clean and free from debris

~Woody

We’re throwing a change up this July!

You may have noticed that we change up our display tables every month, but this time we’ve really hit it out of the park, and you definitely want to get caught looking at these great products!

Stop at first base to learn more about Sylvania/Ledvance lightbulb options in Pontiac!

Round to Third where in left field we have our Ideal table display where you can see our Ideal Starting Line Up and enter the Splice Zone! 

Step right up to bat at Mokena! When you enter the door you can swing by the table to learn more about Ideal, and see what Leviton has on deck for receptacles!

At Kankakee we’re playing a clean up inning! We have the grand slam of displays here where you can see our Ideal Starting Line Up, Learn all about what Leviton has on deck, walk on over to see the Keystone Lighting….. 

Or come see the Gordon rookie, our new Panasonic Ventilation display!

 

~ Samantha

 

Our Father’s Day Favorites!

Father’s Day is this month and boy do we have some ideas for gifts! Whether you’re shopping for dad, grandpa, or any other man in your life – or if you’re sending this to the family group chat for hints of what you actually want for Father’s Day– you’ve landed in the right place!

We’re only going to show you our top 5, but you can find the rest on our Father’s Day Pinterest Board!

Klein Tools Bluetooth Jobsite Speaker

Listen to all the best dad rock on the Klein Tools Bluetooth Jobsite Speaker. This speaker is magnetic and has a hook so you can hang it anywhere you are. It’s rugged, portable, dust and water-resistant, and best of all you can charge your phone all while listening to your favorite tunes!

 

Caseta by Lutron

Does your dad walk around adjusting the thermostat and turning lights on and off in the house? If so, smart devices by Lutron may be the perfect gift for him. Whether your dad is concerned about saving energy at the touch of a button, or your dad is like mine and uses it to mess with the lights when one of us is home alone, the Caseta by Lutron puts the power in the palm of his hand!

Klein Tools Multi-Bits/Multi-Sockets

A typical conversation every father has with their kid is when they need that one socket or that one bit that has magically gone missing since their kid borrowed a tool. Klein has got your back with a variety of multi-bit tools that are a true wonder with how versatile they are. A few options even allow the various bits to fit in the socket so here is to fewer lost items around the house.

Milwaukee Hard Hat Headlamp

Tired of having to yell when the light isn’t in the right spot? This headlamp is the perfect fix for that. Use it at work, use it on your home projects, or use it how my dad does: for grilling outside when it gets too dark. There are so many different places you can use this headlamp that it’s a no-brainer!

 

Ideal Hex-Key Set

This hex-key set is the Ideal gift for this father’s day. It’s perfect for those IKEA drawers that they “will totally put together themselves” but you end up spending a few hours doing it on your own. This multi-key has 9 different hex-keys and the handle won’t make your hands go numb like they do when using that tiny little Allen wrench they provide.

 

Bonus Gift Idea! 3M Heavy Duty Duct Tape

Now, I know you’re saying “you said five, not six gift ideas”. Well, we’re tossing a bonus one in there! 3M heavy duty duct tape is great to just have around for when you need it. And when you need it may be when you’re wrapping up the next gift so they really take their time with the unwrapping!

 

 

Let us know what you’re looking forward to getting this Father’s Day!

~Samantha

The Ideal Wire Pulling Solution

One summer my family took a day trip to a certain amusement park in northern Illinois, and I brought a friend along with my siblings. During a long, hot wait in line for a roller coaster with my friend and middle sister, I saved a kid’s life–well, his leg.

A little boy across from us in the winding line somehow pushed his leg very far between two of the fence posts. The line started moving and his family is tugging the little boy’s leg to move him along, but that was not working and the boy was in pain. To this day, I don’t know what went through my head when I pulled my Chapstick out of my pocket, handed it to the family, and said, “here, use this to lubricate each side of his leg before removing it.”

The family looked at me oddly, but they did as I suggested and the little boy’s leg was freed from the fence. Then the family gave me back my Chapstick like I would still use it after it was on a kid’s knee.

Like that curious little boy, sometimes you need a little extra help to pull wire, which is where the 31-388 ClearGuide Lubricant from IDEAL comes in handy. It may not be a teenager with chapstick, but this quart bottle gets the job done!

  • Perfect for all electrical and datacom pulls
  • Also safe with all cable jackets
  • Easy to apply by hand, brush, or pump
  • Its exceptional lubricity creates a super fast pull
  • Plus it is an easy clean-up!
  • The clear and colorless lubricant has a polymer-based formula
  • controlled evaporation rate is great for shorter runs
  • Remains stable over wide temperature ranges–usable from 32°F to 180°F (-1°C to 82°C)
  • Dries to a semi-fluid film that won’t clog conduit
  • Non-toxic, non-flammable, and non-corrosive

With the 31-388 ClearGuide Lubricant you can also save the day!

~Kristine

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

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

It’s Time to Get Spaced Out!

IDELINE00564_E32_PE_007It has been a long time problem. You plug in your MP3 player and the outlet pushes about an inch back into the wall. You think its fine because you are jamming out to your favorite Techno-Heavy Metal-Hip Hop band.
When you are finished “Dropping the Nae Nae,” you try to unplug your player, pulling the outlet forward and brushing the hot side of the outlet against the metal box. The smell of ozone fills the air right before the outlet shorts out, sparking, smoking and creating a fire!
This is a common problem caused when the outlet is not secured to the box because it is too deep in the wall. Often, caused by additional wall surfaces added on, such as tile.
Ideal Industries has a simple answer!
The Caterpillars Spacers/Shims 772451
The shims go between the outlet and the box, sliding right on over the screw.
Features
• Eliminates the need to cut plate screws for “GFCI” decorator devices when installing on tile, marble, etc.
• Supports loose outlets
• Prevents broken face plates
• Snaps over #6, #8, #10 screws
• Also works as a shim

~Woody

Yes, That’s My Bag, Baby!

35-975

The gift giving season is upon us! What to get that one special electrician who just can’t seem to keep their tools together? You know the person, they open their van door and everything falls out. Left over material from a job they did two years ago that they “might” need. No reason to get rid of it! It is almost impossible for them to find a tool. They have cardboard boxes with screwdrivers and wire strippers buried at the bottom.
Well Ideal has just the gift to help clean up their act!
The 35-975 Tuff-Tote™ Ultimate Tool Carrier with Shoulder Strap. The Premium Leather Model!
? Eight-inch square tool carrier features two divided inside compartments with six screwdriver loops each, one large center compartment, four outside pockets and eight outside tool loops
? Exclusive leather-wrapped grab handle for carrying comfort
? Removable shoulder strap helps relieve lower back strain
? Unique stand-alone design keeps tools standing upright for easy identification and access
? Rust-resistant, plated-steel hardware and heavy, lock-stitched nylon thread for long-term durability
? Oil and moisture-resistant reinforced bottom

and a LIFE TIME WARRANTY!

~Woody