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Marking electrical terminals.

I vaguely remember an article describing a technique of marking an electrical terminals under clear heat shrink but can't find it or recall where I read it. Anyone have a technique for this? If I can't find it Ill try using the smallest font of a label maker and just cut off the edges as small as possible. Anyone remember something along these lines?
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Re: Marking electrical terminals.

Not that but you can buy wire markers at electrical supply houses, but in a marine environment, clear shrink wrap would probably be great.

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Re: Marking electrical terminals.

this may be the article you are referring to...Maine Sail provides great tips on a variety of subjects - electrical being some of his best!

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Thanks I feel like a knucklehead for not checking Mainesail's articles. Should have know. That was it.
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Re: Marking electrical terminals.

While I often like OCD style organization, the clear shrink wrap approach seems both time consuming and expensive. It also doesn't seem like it would work around 18g wire, very well either.

I do like labeled wiring, but prefer one of the several alpha-numberic clips and tabs available and having a wiring diagram in my maintenance log book. The snap, wrap or clip on and you're done. No heat gun, printer labels, etc. For big stuff, like battery cables or 110v cable, you can just write on them with a sharpie.

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Re: Marking electrical terminals.

even big box stores have them
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Re: Marking electrical terminals.

One word of caution:
Make sure your label maker isn't of the Thermal print variety (It will say something to that effect). Heating this type of label will, of course, darken the entire label rendering it useless. (Watched a friend do this. We both had a chuckle afterwards.)

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Re: Marking electrical terminals.

I highly recommend this:
Amazon.com: Wire Label Dispenser, .75 Amazon.com: Wire Label Dispenser, .75" X 1.2": Electronics



I originally bought numbered ones for a rewire but opted for these and I'm happy with them. The clear portion of the label wraps over the written text to protect it, similar to the clear heat-shrink approach but without the shrinking step. It can either wrap the wire or for small wires it can hang off to the side. For a medium sized job they're perfect, for a large job buy a labeler.

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