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Old 08-20-2014, 01:37 PM
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What is the best way to repair welding cables for an engine drive? My cables have cuts in them from dragging across rocks.
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Best way? Correct Way? or Economical way?
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OK David,
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Economical way is either heat shrink tubing or electrical tape.


Correct way (OSHA and others) would have you cut out any damaged areas and can put dinse or equivalent style connecting lugs to splice it all back together. (cannot be open style, in no way can it be able to earth ground).

Best way, is simply to replace, and be more careful when handling (Clearly more expensive and time consuming). OSHA Likes this approach as well.
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I would try heat-shrink tubing assuming you can get one connector off. Comes in a variety of sizes and colors.
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Economical way is either heat shrink tubing or electrical tape.


Correct way (OSHA and others) would have you cut out any damaged areas and can put dinse or equivalent style connecting lugs to splice it all back together. (cannot be open style, in no way can it be able to earth ground).

Best way, is simply to replace, and be more careful when handling (Clearly more expensive and time consuming). OSHA Likes this approach as well.
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Thanks for your response. How can I be more careful when I am crawling around heavy equipment in rocky terrain?
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Thanks, I will try the heat shrinking method.
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David,
Thanks for your response. How can I be more careful when I am crawling around heavy equipment in rocky terrain?
Nick
Please don't take this as a knock on your operation. I have my own welding equipment, probably don't see nearly as much use as yours (mine was electrical tape repaired recently), I understand your situation and might suggest making a fire hose material sleeve that you could put over it for abrasion resistance, after all copper isn't cheap. When working like that, and you need to coil them up for the day, perhaps as you coil them walk towards end as you coil rather than pull them towards you (again, I'm not saying you do this). I think if you are generally replacing too many that a sleeve might be a good idea. My disclaimer is that I'm just a stupid Welding Engineer though.
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Please don't take this as a knock on your operation. I have my own welding equipment, probably don't see nearly as much use as yours (mine was electrical tape repaired recently), I understand your situation and might suggest making a fire hose material sleeve that you could put over it for abrasion resistance, after all copper isn't cheap. When working like that, and you need to coil them up for the day, perhaps as you coil them walk towards end as you coil rather than pull them towards you (again, I'm not saying you do this). I think if you are generally replacing too many that a sleeve might be a good idea. My disclaimer is that I'm just a stupid Welding Engineer though.
Hey Bud,
Don't get me wrong, I appreciate your input. I do this on a part time basis. I have a few regular customers. I like to do ornamental iron, but I repair equipment because it pays and allows me to buy more welding equipment. When I get called I do a good job (no complaints in five years). I hate crawling in muddy clay but it pays well. The conditions are not ideal and wreak havoc on my tools.
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