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Old 10-07-2012, 07:34 PM
crabandy crabandy is offline
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Default First go with safety wire

Is my safety wiring on the Gascolator correct?

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Old 10-07-2012, 07:58 PM
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I am not going to say it is not correct, but it could be better. In the first picture, both strands of the wire are pulling the screw tight, but on the top one, only one of the wires are pulling it tight. Watch this video:
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:05 PM
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Default Idea

For the top picture:The bottom twist looks good, but on the top I would go to the far hole with the twist and then bring thru the screw hole going down. The loop on the left and the end twist on the bottom. The bottom pic should be the same. In other words the pull from the twist should be obvious, solid, and tightening. Even if the screw backs off just a little, the vibration could wear out the screw threads. (OK maybe not in a RV)
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:12 PM
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Thanks, I was suspicious of the first one too. I will redo as suggested.
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:23 PM
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Where is the blood? No safety wire job is complete without some.
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:30 PM
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Take everything you read here as my free advice. It's worth every penny you paid for it.
Functional but not ideal. (trying to come up with a way to explain this by written instruction is harder than I thought)

Top picture.
Top screw. I would like to see the twisted wire flow CCW all the way around the right side of the screw head to begin from the hole at the 7 O'clock position.
Bottom screw. Looks good.

Bottom picture.
Top Screw. If you can't re-clock the screws I would start the wire at the top screw with the twisted part departing from the right side at the 2 O'clock hole where your tail is currently.
Bottom hole. Bring the twisted wire down from the top screw around the left side of the bottom screw CCW all the way around to enter the 3 O'clock hole.

In general. I can't gage size but it looks like you are twisted just a little too tight. There should be 6-8 turns per inch. If you have that then never mind.
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:33 PM
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Default Perfection

Orientation doesn't always allow this but it is what you are going for.

One side to the opposite side such that the forces are not allowing the bolts to loosen.
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:35 PM
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If you wrap it around more than 180 degrees, as suggested in post #6, then there could be a possibility that the wire could pop over the top of the head and then be slack. The sketch in the posting above is the ideal way to do it.

Also, if you could manage to snug the wires together close to the head that would be better than leaving that little triangular gap between them. Again, the sketch shows the detail. Except that the bitter end, the tail, ought to be longer and doubled over so it's not a little dagger aimed at your hand. The sketch is wrong there. Simply make that tail about an inch long and bend it in half, tucking the sharp end where it's safely out of the way. This was taught to me in USAF many years ago.


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Old 10-07-2012, 09:35 PM
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Default Redo

I think I got the hang of it, let me know if I can do better.
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:42 PM
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Redo looks good!
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