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Old 22-09-2015, 06:41   #16
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Re: Tinned 22G duplex wire where to buy?

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We had Kapton wiring all over the "A" model Apache, Had an aircraft burn once in some low lying dessert type terrain, next day the guards went to the hospital, apparently Kapton and many other of the composites create poisonous gasses when they burn.
But between old Kapton wiring and those flat Raychem connectors, I learned a lot more about avionics than I wanted to. (I'm not, nor have I ever been an Avionics tech)

Aircraft wiring is tinned, right?
Yes it is
Not only does kapton give off bad stuff when it burns, it is the cause of many fires - don't get me started
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Re: Tinned 22G duplex wire where to buy?

I love CF - someone asks about small wire to pull a couple of milliamps around unobtrusively and people get pedantic about "proper" and "what-ifs", and present hard lines about "minimum" without any perspective.

Like 16AWG is going to work any better than 20AWG when a bonehead wires a windlass into it.

I bet some of you "minimum" people have never questioned the pigtail wire size on your fans, N2K power, and many other equipment components on board. Or maybe you open these things up and solder on "properly sized" wires in their place?

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I love CF - someone asks about small wire to pull a couple of milliamps around unobtrusively and people get pedantic about "proper" and "what-ifs", and present hard lines about "minimum" without any perspective.

Like 16AWG is going to work any better than 20AWG when a bonehead wires a windlass into it.

I bet some of you "minimum" people have never questioned the pigtail wire size on your fans, N2K power, and many other equipment components on board. Or maybe you open these things up and solder on "properly sized" wires in their place?

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Some folk either can't think for themselves or live in fear of litigation or worse still, "the insurance".

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Re: Tinned 22G duplex wire where to buy?

No really it's all good. Been doing this gig going on 40 years and the more I know the more I realize I don't know squat!

Thanks again for all the comments

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Re: Tinned 22G duplex wire where to buy?

Originally the ABYC standard was stricter, I believe they adjusted it somewhat to handle things like NMEA 2000 cabling. Personally I think the smallest I would go is 18GA for loads on a boat. My reasoning would be durability and corrosion issues. 22 ga does not leave much spare conducting area if a few strands are broken pulling a wire or corrosion sets in. 18 Ga with decent insulation is tough enough for pulling etc at least I haven't broken 18 ga pulling it thru a conduit something I can't say about 22 ga. I also think that 18 or 20 is about the smallest gauge I really like to crimp in the field. Smaller gauges in communication cables are a different matter.
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