Getting 360 degree flexibility from square pedestal posts

The use of square-tube pedestal posts in certain underfloor applications does not take advantage of the adaptability of Flextray from GS Metals Corp. (Pinckneyville, IL), because the pedestal does not provide the desired 360o range of motion.

Mar 1st, 1998
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Terry Hanlon, Hanlon Electric

Problem

The use of square-tube pedestal posts in certain underfloor applications does not take advantage of the adaptability of Flextray from GS Metals Corp. (Pinckneyville, IL), because the pedestal does not provide the desired 360o range of motion.

Solution

Add 360o range of motion to square-tube pedestal posts by placing a length of conduit over the square tube. When you do this, a standard Flextray clamp can be attached, allowing angle brackets to support the cable-management system in whatever direction it must flow to provide maximized cable support.

Procedure

1) Measure the plate-to-plate pedestal post distance to determine what length of conduit is needed.

2) Place cut-to-length conduit over the square metal post and attach the top plate.

3) Install the pedestal support and attach the standard Flextray clamp. Flextray is now ready to install.

These steps were actually performed before an official job bid. However, I have found that pedestal-system fabricators are willing to add the conduit during normal fabrication-and-assembly procedures. The total cost of adding conduit came to approximately 25 cents per post on a run of 250 prefabricated pedestals. Installation time can be cut as much as 50% if this prefabrication work is performed.

Terry Hanlon is project manager with Hanlon Electric Co. (Monroeville, PA).

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A piece of conduit, placed over the square pedestal post, allows 360o range of motion with a standard Flextray clamp.

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