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Discussion in 'How is my display put together...' started by Nodent, Mar 28, 2014.

  1. Nodent

    Nodent Apprentice Elf

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    I'm in the process of putting the water proof pigtails on my lights and power supply.

    The light wires are not double coated so they are a flat ribbin and the pigtails are round.

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    What technique do some of you use to insure water tightness?

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    ShellNZ Senior Elf

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    Silicon + heatshrink :)
     
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    DrNeutron Just starting in this crazy hobby

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    I like to use the adhesive lined heatshrink....
    I use it for each wire pair and then a larger piece to cover all 3/4 pairs.
    As Shell said, if you don't have that just squirt a bit of silicone (ensure it is GE silicone II) in at both ends of the heatshrink and apply heat...
    I think I paid 8$ for 25meters of the 9.5mm and another 10$ for 25meters of the 3.2mm (3 to 1 shrink ratio). It seems to fit pretty good for 20 or 18 gauge wire.
     
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    Nodent Apprentice Elf

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    The Heat shrink silicone combo was the road I was heading down, but better to find out what others have done since I never did it. :)

    Added GE silicone II to my Lowes shopping list. :)
     
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    GE Silicon II is anything that is neutral cure, if you can try and get a clear one so you can keep an eye on things
     

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