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tip need for install of weatherboot on shore power cord

I'm replacing the plug and weatherproof boot on my shore power cord. The receptacle on the boat is in good condition, but weather and time has degraded the plug. I've determined I have the correct parts (plug and weatherproof boot) but for the life of me can't figure out how to get the plug into the boot. The inside diameter of the boot just doesn't accommodate the outside diameter of the plug.

Yes, I've got the boot on the cord first, then connected the wires to the plug. It's the last step that boggles me. The instructions state "slide boot over plug." Well, "slide" is not the term I'd use. Manhandle, contort, or pry might be more appropriate. And at that, I've still not been able to complete the task.

Any strategies or suggestions?

See Hubbell Wiring virtual catalog page 6
30Amp 125V plug: cat no HBL26CM13
weatherproof boot with sealing ring: cat no HBL60CM33

Thanx in advance,

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Assuming you've got all the parts from the same manufacturer (Hubbel), it's just a matter of brute force...and, maybe, a little vasoline or other lubricant.

If the parts are from different manufacturers, there might be a more serious problem. I once had a hell of a time with the black screw ring from one 30A connector manufacturer on the plug of another. Got it on OK after a big fight, but it was way too tight and very hard to turn.

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Assuming you've got all the parts from the same manufacturer (Hubbel), it's just a matter of brute force...and, maybe, a little vasoline or other lubricant.

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Dave, thats funny, that's precisely what your lady said to me early yesterday morning.
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Scary stuff

Dave, you have some scary stuff in that little closet. Lot's of rope (lines), pulleys, hooks, swing (bosuns) chair. Shouldn't those be stored on your boat.
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Dave, you have some scary stuff in that little closet. Lot's of rope (lines), pulleys, hooks, swing (bosuns) chair. Shouldn't those be stored on your boat.
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Sometimes heating the boot up in hot water will give it a bit more flex, and expand it a bit.
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I suspect the problem isn't the boot, but the ring that secures it to the connector on the boat. I don't recall how I got around that when I did this last season. I either slid the ring off the boot toward the cable or took it off the other way. Then, once I had the boot over the connector, I man-handed the ring on.

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Make sure all of the components are from the same company. Marinco and Hubbles are slightly different in size.

As for a lubricant, try baby powder. That's my favorite lubricant for pulling wire, cable, etc, through conduit or tight wire runs.

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