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Pulling new wire for cabin lights

While replacing the cabin lights in my 82 Cal 2-25 I noticed the factory wire has a nice black color at the ends. There is not enough wire sticking out of the liner to cut till I find clean wire so it looks as though replacing the wire is my next option. I am thinking of soldering and taping the new wire to the old and pulling it through. The lights are all daisy chained together so the longest pull is about 5 feet, but I have no idea what is up there.

Has anyone successfully done this?
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Re: Pulling new wire for cabin lights

Do not solder, use marine crimps instead. Use tinned marine wire if you want it to last. I changed a lot of wires on my Cal 28 not that hard! I had to add a fuse box as mine was built before those where thought needed.....Dale
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Re: Pulling new wire for cabin lights

I'm using tinned wire and adhesive lined crimp terminals for everything. The soldering is just to pull the new wire through using the old wire. A crimp here would be to big to fit through the wire exits in the head liner.
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Re: Pulling new wire for cabin lights

Sounds like a reasonable plan to get the new wire through. That's how I do it.

Consider using 2 core (red and yellow) 16 gauge cable with a white sheath, should say "boat cable" on it. This meets the latest codes. The white sheath gives some extra protection against chafe.
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Re: Pulling new wire for cabin lights

I ended up just using electrical tape to join the old and new wires for pulling. It worked fine. before you start pulling see what you can take apart to get access to the wire ways. I found out after I finished squeezing into a really small space that I could just have removed my stove and had easy access to the worst part of the wire run. Live and learn.
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