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Electrical Building Materials

Electrical building materials need to be adapted to the required job with special attention placed on safety and durability. There are a range of accessories and products that can assist you to create effective electrical systems that are safe to work around and have the right features to support the project in the long term.

Cable Rods

Occasionally it is necessary to lay cable in hard-to-reach places, such as in walls, under raised floors or in roofing. Cable rods, also called ‘push/pull rods,’ can be used to get wires through inaccessible places. A cable rod should not be too flexible as the longer it gets, the harder it will be to direct. Some cable rods are glow-in-the-dark, which can help with visibility in dark places. There are grips available to hold on to the cable while it is being threaded, but if you don’t want to invest in extra accessories it is normally just as effective to securely tape the cable to the end. Remember to get non-conductive cable rods when threading electrical cables.

Cords and Wire

Wires and cables are often used as interchangeable terms, but “wire” refers to a single electrical conductor, whereas a cable has multiple wires that are used together to carry an electrical current. There are many components to consider when choosing a power cord, but the size of the electrical cord or wire is the most important for safety and functionality of your installation. The Australian Safety Standards for electrical installations will tell you what kind of cord is the right one for the job you need.

Safety Switches

Electrical safety switches are added to an electrical circuit to monitor the current and shut off if any current leakage is detected. There should be a different safety switch for circuit around the home, including power points, lights, pool equipment and any other circuits.

Cable Guards

Cable guards protect the cables and protect people working around the cables. In high traffic areas, cable guards can keep the cords low to the ground and covered so people don’t trip over them. Cable sleeves provide high visibility and extra protection from fraying and the elements. Cable ducting is a hard casing that contains the cable inside, and can be used indoors or outdoors to protect the cable. Other guards clip around power banks and extension cord connections to keep them safe and waterproof, especially where they are being used outside. Cable guards provide extra safety and durability for electrical cables and are especially useful for cables that pass outdoors.

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