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by craigc on Mar.20, 2008, under Uncategorized

If you’ve spent any time around wires, free or harnessed, you know several things. One is that you need that coating of plastic, the other is that If you leave wires unattended they will try to have sex with each other. And you thought that plastic was for insulation.

Wires, big or small, like to be in a coil, in their natural state. When you leave them be they will try to return to their curved state and with other wires around them. Sadly this means if you leave some in a box, they will be in a knot. Car wiring is the same way. With all the bouncing and rolling, any slack in the wire and it will try to coil.

I’ve found several good means to stop this copulating copper. The cheap way is to use garbage bag ties. These work great for indoor uses, and wires for storage. When outside though, the paper falls off, and then you have metal wire holding together your wires, and shorts occur.

A simple option that works pretty well is electrical tape. If you want a simple, fast, and effective way to bundle wires this is a good way to go. Problems with tape are simple; in heat they get gooey and sometimes lose adhesion, if you want to retie things you have sticky wire, and if you have to wrap wires you need room to pass the tape roll around the wire.

Zip ties are great, and they are pretty cheap. You can use them for anything. Sadly these also have a heat problem, but they hold wires pretty well, just don’t tighten them too much, you can cut the insulation.

Last but not least. There is shrink tubeing(heat shrink tubeing). If you want a profesional look and are rewireing the sections, this is the way to go. You need a heat gun and the wrap, but their are many benefits. All your wires are together, and they have an extra layer of insulation to protect them from bouncing around. It is also very neat, and clean. The downsides of heat shrink is that it takes a lot of planning, but if you’re making a harness it works pretty nicely. Just be sure not to get the wires too hot.

These methods should help with those pesky fornicating wires.

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