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post #1 of 7 Old Nov 8th, 2006, 12:12 pm Thread Starter
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Lightbulb Killer heat shrink tubing

One of the electrical product engineers here at H-D showed me a type of shrink tubing I'd never seen before. It goes by many names - double wall tubing, adhesive lined tubing, among others. This stuff is very stout and abrasion-resistant. The adhesive inside melts when you shrink the tube, so it fills up all the voids and forms a water-tight seal around everything. Depending on what you get, it also can be pretty stiff, lending some mechanical strength to wire splices, etc. Apparently it's what we use on all our OEM wire harnesses.

You should be able to find the stuff at most contractor electrical supply stores, or somewhere online like here at McMaster-Carr (see thick-wall tubing at bottom of page 741). Or Google "adhesive lined shrink tubing".

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We have been using that stuff on airplanes for as long as I can remember. its great stuff, but a lot more expensive than ordinary shrink. I have only seen it in black.

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And I've been using it on ships for about 30 years.

BTW, all my electronic bits, I get from a company in the UK called RS. I believe they now have outlets in the States. Try www.rswww.com.

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I have used a lot of the wire splice caps that are closed on one end, and have the adhesive inside. Makes a moisture tight splice.

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Here is what we use when shopping for tubing....

Seems TYCO owns EVRYTHING now and is positioning itself to take over the world ...

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There're at lest 3 shops here in town sell that stuff. it's on the main floor, standing in a rack, just like aluminum or dowels at a hardware store. We used a ton-load of it installing radios, lights, cameras and such into public safety vehicles. I've still got some lengths laying about the garage. One of 'em is only a block from the office - lots of cool goodies. Dang near any kind of RF connector you could imagine.

No Anderson Power Poles though, well in smaller sizes at least (30 45 amp). They do have the bigger ones.

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Also sold as Anchor brand in any yacht/boat supply. the also sell crimp on connectors and ends with shrink attached.


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