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Old 09-26-2014, 02:40 PM   #1
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Cable ties? Am I creating a potential problem?

I just started attaching cable ties like in the picture and then I started to think that maybe with the vibration from being on the road maybe these aren't such a hot idea? Will they chafe the wire?

I was using them to organize/support the wires and keep them against the back insulation (and away from drill bits) Because there is no pink insulation, my thoughts were that the wire would flop around too much.

There will be another layer of insulation on top of what is pictured.

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Old 09-26-2014, 02:47 PM   #2
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I think you're fine.

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Old 09-26-2014, 02:48 PM   #3
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Same here...


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Old 09-26-2014, 03:19 PM   #5
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No problems with that. You could use what the factory used in '63, masking tape.
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Old 09-26-2014, 03:25 PM   #6
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You guys are THE BEST! thanks for the fast response. Back to my cable ties .... And foam tape on the ribs. Going to be a busy weekend!
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Old 09-26-2014, 03:39 PM   #7
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IMO one is always better off stabilizing loose wires in the walls, or wherever. I have noticed at the factory, they do not seem to do this… No Comment….

However, i might suggest, before adding any additional insulation or cover you photograph every wall that has wires with clear reference points,i.e., ruler to a wall, or ??? But, if it is required you drill a hole in a wall, you can reference the photo and will know where NOT to drill a hole.

In terms of wiring, I like to put in a loop, so as to allow the wire some freedom if i have to pull another wire, it gets pulled out to cut a new end, for any reason one might need slack in a wire.
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Old 09-26-2014, 04:49 PM   #8
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Nothing wrong with what you did. You do need to make sure that all wires going through ribs are protected. I like to use rubber hose like you would use for fuel lines. You slit the hose lengthwise then wrap it around the wire that goes through the rib. Then you ziptie the hose to the wire so it won't move. As long a metal does not touch it, the chances of the wire getting damaged are small. I had a wire in my house rub against a copper pipe and it rubbed a hole in the pipe and caused a water leak. The wire looked like new but the pipe had a hole in it. I think Airstream used a few of those stick on mounts in a few places in my trailer.

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I used to do this but found that A) is cost a lot to buy the bases and ties. B) when the heat gets to the bases the glue gives up the ghost and they fall off. C) a small square of aluminum tape does not heat up and come loose. D) a small square of aluminum tape holds the wire very tight with zero movement. E) a small square of aluminum tape is very easy to slice with a razor knife and relocate the wire when you change your mind.
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Thank you Frank. Great idea and I hope I remember it when the time comes



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I am wiring the inside of my 72 Land Yacht now - remember, as technology changes, you might want access to these wires - putting them inside of loop is a great idea - and shrink wrap will keep them from chaffing in the future. Vibration happens.

Don't forget CAT5 cables and HDMI cables to both the front and rear.

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Look's good to me. I have to say, this is one of the very few times when I've seen 3 or 4 people agree on something....maybe there is hope...

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