My father is an electrician and over the years I've picked up on much of the jargon that electrician's use. The words in this vocabulary might baffle you, but are used daily by electricians all over the United States:
|A 4 11/16″ square junction box.
|A 4″ square junction box.
|An eight-sided junction box.
|Armored cable that comes preloaded with conductors. This type of cable has a reputation for being unsafe.
|A bubble level that attaches to the end of a pipe.
|A person that uses the "quick-connect" slots in the back of a duplex outlet to install wires instead of the screw terminals on the side. Such a person is said to be lazy; it saves a few seconds, but derates the outlet to only 15 amps. Bob Vila has a nice picture illustrating the difference.
|Electrical current regulator on fluorescent lamps. If you ever hear an annoying buzzing sound from your office lights, then it most likely has a bad ballast.
|Armored cable. See: armor-clad
|Angled diagonal cutting pliers. The name comes from the “diagonal” part of the name.
|A spool of spring steel that is used to pull wires through inaccessible areas such as walls.
|A large die on a pipe threader
|Wire that goes directly to the service panel.
|Explosion proof flexible conduit.
|Electrical junction box. Usually conduit is secured to the sides and wire splices are made inside.
|Basket tray where cables are placed to ease the installation of maintenance of cabling.
|A drive motor for a pipe threader (see: hog head)
|A brand-name used as a generic term for non-metallic sheathed wire (NM-B).
|Twist wire connector. Name originally borrowed from the 3MTM ScotchlokTM brand.