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split bolts #94329
07/27/05 10:31 PM
07/27/05 10:31 PM
watersparkfalls  Offline OP
Joined: Mar 2005
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Washington...Not DC
is rubber tape mandatory for split bolts or is black electrical tape just fine?


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Re: split bolts #94330
07/27/05 11:31 PM
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macmikeman  Offline
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Posts: 717
Honolulu, Hawaii
Its mandatory if you work for me, or better yet, on planet macmikeman we always wrap the bolt with Scotch #2200 vinyl pads first before using electrical tape to finish up the job. However once you leave planet macmikeman the rules sometimes change.

Re: split bolts #94331
07/28/05 11:08 AM
07/28/05 11:08 AM
watersparkfalls  Offline OP
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Washington...Not DC
thanks mac.

Re: split bolts #94332
07/28/05 12:52 PM
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rad74ss  Offline
Joined: Apr 2004
Posts: 156
Pryor, OK USA
Use rubber tape every time! It protects against heat and vibration much better than electrical tape.

That is unless you use the whole role of electical tape on the one split bolt. (seen it)

I burned my first motor when the vibration in the unit plus the heat of the motor put a hole through the tape and shorted the leads to ground.

Re: split bolts #94333
07/28/05 01:31 PM
07/28/05 01:31 PM
Joe Tedesco  Offline
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Boston, Massachusetts USA
All splices and joints and the free ends of conductors shall be covered with an insulation equivalent to that of the conductors or with an insulating device identified for the purpose.

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Re: split bolts #94334
07/28/05 08:35 PM
07/28/05 08:35 PM
e57  Offline
Joined: May 2003
Posts: 2,876
Not long ago it was rubber and friction tape, I think soon to be a dead art.

Many people including myself have moved on to insulated lugs for most stuff, like say in a can. I still kearny service's.

Also, ironicly, did some CuAl kerney's today for a 200a service. Noalox, 3M slicing putty (1/4" thick), and friction tape.

IMO vinyl or plastic tape exposed to UV and weather breakes down over time. Good friction tape is getting harder to find though.

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