Solutions – 2004-02-10

By Staff February 10, 2004

Making push-nuts

  • Problem : A push-nut is removed from a shaft to make repairs. The nut is dropped and can’t be found. What can you do to reassemble the parts and keep them on the shaft?

  • Solution : Get a brass washer that fits on the shaft. Use a pin punch to make four indentations near the washer hole. Press the washer onto the shaft to complete the assembly.

    • Contributor : Ralph Dewey, BPSolvay Polyethylene North America, Deer Park, TX.

      Sounds of music

    • Problem : When working alone on electrical circuits it can be difficult to tell which switch at a distribution panel cuts off the circuit. Is there a way to tell when the right circuit is shut off?

    • Solution : Plug a radio into an outlet on the circuit to be worked on. Turn up the volume. When the correct circuit is deenergized, the radio will go dead.

      • Contributor : Michael Lembo, Souderton, PA.

        Wire feeder

      • Problem : When pulling wire, sometimes you end up with a long loop that has to be fed into a junction box. Many times the wire will twist and can’t be fed. What can be done to prevent the wire from twisting?

      • Solution : Place a weighted 5-gal bucket on the floor and run the wire loop around it. Use enough weight to put tension on the wire. Now it can be fed without twisting.

        • Contributor : Richard Ehrhardt, Okonite Co., Orangeburg, SC.

          Safety First…
          In all cases, even if not specifically mentioned in the writeups, verify that the tip does not violate any relevant code, standard, or practice. Always use the appropriate safety equipment and procedures when applying the maintenance tips.