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Old 04-04-2010, 11:33 AM   #1
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We are all from different parts of the country/world. I wonder what some people call different things. The ones that stand out in my mind are:

Lezbos - Diagonal cuter
Wire Balls - Wire nuts
Rabbit ears - wire cutters
Red heads - those red things you use with BX

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Old 04-04-2010, 11:35 AM   #2
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dykes
wire nuts
rabbit ears
red devils

'round here

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never heard of rabbit ears.
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Old 04-04-2010, 11:38 AM   #4
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rabbit ears = greenlee 727
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Old 04-04-2010, 11:46 AM   #6
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if you look at them open they look like rabbit ears...thats what I was told

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Electrical Slang Terms.
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Funny thing is.. The good old "F-Strap" / "MADISON CLIP" has more names then anything..

Whats the real name for the ones for Octagon boxes?.. I always called/ordered them as (speedy brackets)
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Funny thing is.. The good old "F-Strap" / "MADISON CLIP" has more names then anything..

Whats the real name for the ones for Octagon boxes?.. I always called/ordered them as (speedy brackets)

They make special ones for that!? Damn- I gotta get on that band wagon.

'Mad bars' (after the battleship maddison-word around here) work for every box- tin snips will adjust them any way you need.
Rabbit ears- never heard that-
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if you look at them open they look like rabbit ears...thats what I was told

We call these bad boys 'Parrot beaks' or 'Cocky beaks' (after the Cockatoo)

For obvious reasons.
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I checked the definition of BX cable on that site and it showed me something a little different from what I'm used to calling BX. The stuff they defined had some mylar layer on the inside that negates the need for anti-shorts. Never seen that before, but it would be handy.

The BX here has paper around the conductor insulation and a bare copper ground. You still need anti-shorts. I guess this is closer to the US definition of armoured cable.
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Dykes - Diagonal cuter
Wire nuts - Wire nuts
Bull Dykes - wire cutters
Goddamnits - those red things you use with BX
kybo - Portable Toilet

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Cowboys- mineralacs, I think that's a texas thing.
Chum attack- taking a poo
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............ki-bo - Portable Toilet
Kybo.
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You know a bit much about this "Kybo"... I am wondering a bit about your sanity.
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LRT's (little red things) - anti-shorts
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pinchin a loaf, aka taking a dump or should I say leaving one.

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