Hi everyone, thereīs sthg worrying me and I wanted to share, to see if someone can shed some light...
The thing is that I installed a couple of stalok terminals in my sailboat a few months ago. In this time I have sailed the boat a lot in wind
up to ,say,25 knots. And the other day I inspected these terminals and in one,maybe two of them, I found that the wire may have slipped a tiny fraction out of the terminal, but very little, less than half a milimeter.
At the time when I fitted this one, I applied sika-flex in the inside of the terminal and also a little ribbon of it on the rim where the wire exits the terminal.
Now what I noticed the other day as I went up the mast
was that this ribbon of sika seemed to have "moved forward" a tiny bit, so that the ribbon was not in contact with the rim of the terminal anymore, but half a milimeter ahead of it, as if the wire had slipped this half of milimeter.
Then again I am not sure this tiny separation of sika and rim of terminal is actually the result os the sika retracting due to effect of sun, etc. As a matter of fact, this little separation I found also on another terminal but this time it is a mere hairīs breath, a little crack.
I believe the terminals were properly installed , and that it is only normal that after the first installation
and as the wire came under load while sailing it should have slipped this tiny fraction, as a normal part of the process of final accomodation of wire and terminal.
Is that so? Can I have peace of mind? what do you guys think or have observed in your own terminals? you could help me a lot wih this one!!
Thanks a lot!