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Old 27 July 2020, 11:07   #1
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Finishing the ‘ends’ of wiring looms

I’m always pondering how and where i can improve my boat, looking at the wiring loom and wondering - mainly under the engine cowling - if anyone else has used Amalgating tape to ‘finish’ the ends of the wiring loom?



Looks like i have electrical insulating tape in a few places. I’m not looking to ‘seal’ the ends of the conduits from water, just to get a really tidy finish to the loom and the wiring as it exits the conduits - and satisfy my OCD

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Old 27 July 2020, 13:50   #2
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I’m always pondering how and where i can improve my boat, looking at the wiring loom and wondering - mainly under the engine cowling - if anyone else has used Amalgating tape to ‘finish’ the ends of the wiring loom?



Looks like i have electrical insulating tape in a few places. I’m not looking to ‘seal’ the ends of the conduits from water, just to get a really tidy finish to the loom and the wiring as it exits the conduits - and satisfy my OCD

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I wouldn’t bother with self amalgamating tape - just a couple of wraps of electrical tape tight around the tube and down over the wires and back is how most manufacturers do it.

You can get glands to go on the end of the conduit but that’s more for terminating it into an enclosure.
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Old 27 July 2020, 14:53   #3
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Old 27 July 2020, 17:03   #4
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Insulating tape is fine. To be honest - on a Tohatsu 2-stroke, chances are you'll be hauling the whole lot off in 6 months trying to trace a 'broken wire' with a multi-meter!
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When you have a relatively large difference between the convoluted trunking and the wiring it is quite difficult to bridge the gap. I tried heat shrink but it wasn't all that successful. In the end I left then as you have currently done.

You can get clip on ends that would tidy it up but that is quite high on the OCD scale.

Having used convoluted trunking on my wiring, I've come to the opinion that in most situations I'd have been better off / neater using the spiral wrap which you can finish off with a bit of heat shrink.
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Would tape add strain to the plug? I wouldn’t bother unless there was water A penetration problem.
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Address that OCD and wrap some fancy ribbon round it....

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rainbow-Ribb...xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==
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Could always use some loom tape?

Tesa 19mm 25m Roll Adhesive Wiring Harness Loom Tape https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00EVSL9..._H5ikFbG02X04J
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Address that OCD and wrap some fancy ribbon round it....

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rainbow-Ribb...xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==
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Could always use some loom tape?

Tesa 19mm 25m Roll Adhesive Wiring Harness Loom Tape https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00EVSL9..._H5ikFbG02X04J
That looks like its worth a try, thanks
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