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Old 30-06-2015, 17:31   #16
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Re: Zip ties or twine lacing

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IF, and I say if, you chose to use zip ties, clip the ends off with finger nail clippers. The ends will be somewhat rounded and not so prone to rip up your hands and arms.
There is a very good tool for this that our electricians use. It pulls the tail of the zip tie tight against the ratchet head and then clips off the tail flush so that it is not sharp. The tool also holds onto the scrap tail.

I also like Velcro & spiral wrap but the zip tie is good for tying to other items.
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Re: Zip ties or twine lacing

+1 on the zip tie tool. It pulls the tie to the proper tension then makes a flush cut. Also, zip ties, like most plastics, break down under UV so they don't last as long outside. As far as the smashing of insulation, etc, I think most people use the "farmer tight" approach most commonly used with nuts and bolts. Torque wrench? Fuggeddaboutit. And after a career in telecom, I have sewn my share of harnesses with 12 cord. Tywraps are much easier but lack the aesthetics.

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