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Old 05-07-2008, 07:47 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by micromind View Post
You have to plan a rigid job out way far ahead. Most guys who run rigid absolutely hate to use 3 piece or threadless fittings. Even when I have no choice, it makes me feel as though I've lost some sort of a battle.
I was working on a full-unit addition to a power plant a number of years ago which included a new steam t/g, boiler, 15&5KV switch gear line ups and balance of plant systems. The electrical contractor was excellent and the local guys were all incredible. I used to go out with several of them on Thursday's for beer and darts and I found out that they had a contest each week to see who could use the fewest 3-piece couplings (comps were not allowed by spec. on this job). Whoever had the most had to pay the tab. You'd see these guys hoisting up this 400ft. long, fully-assembled run of 3" with all the fittings in there and you'd know why! (the tabs were NEVER trivial!).

After a few months, the contest got pretty boring since it was usually a 9-way tie at 0 Ericsons per electrician.

At any rate, Micro, I know what you mean. To these guys, it was a sin to use a 3-pc.


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Old 05-10-2008, 12:30 PM   #17
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Wait till you see the wire prices. The fittings and conduit will look like chump change.
Check the supply houses for wire. Sometimes you can get it at a much lower price than HD or Lowes. Graybar sells wire at the going rate for copper that day/week, where hd and lowes has a set price with no regard for market price.


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