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Old 05-27-2009
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Can a professional electrician or electrical worker make a consistently good solder joint? Probably.
Can a professional electrician or electrical worker make a consistently good crimp? Probably.
Can a doctor, lawyer, or whoever owns a boat make a consistently good solder joint? Probably not.
Can a doctor, lawyer, or whoever owns a boat make a consistently good crimp? Probably with the proper tools and connectors and the proper instructions.
The proper crimper is not very expensive nor are the connectors. Adhesive heat shrink must be used afterwards to seal out moisture or connectors with adhesive heatshrink can be used. Tinned marine wire should be used. Even if you are making battery cables the tools are not that expensive when compared to getting the cables professionally done. As to the proper instructions see Mainesail's links below for some of the best information available with an easy to follow pictorial and tool model numbers as well.
All About Marine Wire Termination Photo Gallery by Maine Sailing at pbase.com
Making Your Own Battery Cables Photo Gallery by Maine Sailing at pbase.com
If crimping is standard with the FAA, USAF, and ABYC it should work for you.
Brian
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