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Old 23 January 2014, 07:23   #1
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I am doing a minor re-wire job on the boat (lights and pump) is it a waste of time doing this work with non thinned cable?

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Old 23 January 2014, 07:26   #2
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I am doing a minor re-wire job on the boat (lights and pump) is it a waste of time doing this work with non thinned cable?

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Do you mean 'tinned' cable?

If so, then for the difference in cost between bare copper and tinned copper cores, I'd suggest you go for the tinned option. It will last longer and save you having to re-do the job in a few years time.

Amother option is to solder the exposed cores of std cable, but it's a fair bit of headwork, for the cost saving.
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My promblem is getting my hands on thinned cable
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Shouldn't be a problem getting hold of it - plenty suppliers out there that supply by the metre and different load ratings.

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Had to do the same job myself last year on a Tohatsu wiring harness which was disintegrating. Cut back the insulating sleeve to reveal discoloured and corroded wiring. Best to replace.
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My promblem is getting my hands on thinned cable
try Vehicle Wiring Products Ltd, good website and service, I've used them for years and never had a problem, tinned cable is in the thin wall cable section within cables
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I am doing a minor re-wire job on the boat (lights and pump) is it a waste of time doing this work with non thinned cable?

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Should be available in any chandlers and if there's the slightest chance of the wiring ever touching salt water use tinned wire if you can get it. If an exposed core touches water even briefly capillary action wicks it up along the cable and oxidizes each strand black. Then you can strip back inch after inch of it and find you still can't get a good crimped -much less a soldered- connection.
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Kojaykat are good for tinned cable.
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Try here- Welcome to City Electrical Factors | City Electrical Factors

Ask for marine spec butyl tinned. It's way ahead of the chandler supplied stuff.

I 'bought' it as three core and stripped out the cores. 'Tis 'ansome stuff, can't remember the BS no.
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