Originally Posted by Wotname
We use a lot of cable ties here, properly a couple of hundred per week and one of the first things I teach new staff is how to cut them flush leaving no sharps edges or points.
That's an invaluable lessen for newbies and one of the first one's to be learned for many aircraft and racing
mechanics - so kudos for your handling of the situation.
Unfortunately this practice isn't common from my experience in the marine
industry. What's even worse is when I lift
out all the beautiful teak panels
and look behind 'the scenes' their are way too many cable ties being used i.e. I have a new wire to route
next to an existing cable bundle with cable tie attached - so lets just add another cable tie here and not bother cutting the old one off. Then none of them are cut flush, so the boat owner trying to sort the mess out ends up getting cut up on the hands and arms. Now to add insult to injury - the cable ties that have been cut, the 'end cuts' are left behind! No attempt to clean up after the install, just refasten the teak panels
and hope the owner never sticks his nose in.
All this for about $90 'Newport Rhode Island' dollars an hour labour costs. I won't paint
all marine electric
and electronic installers with the same brush, but will say that of the ones I have unfortunately trusted to do work on my boat (without supervision).
Now I do it all myself and when boat owners find out how easy the NMEA2000 gear
is to install, one can only hope those installers that don't work with a conscious review of quality and reliability