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Why it is important to use electrical tape

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by ajslands, Feb 20, 2010.

  1. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    So today I had to fix one of my strobes, and taped it all up and everything . And about 5 hours later decided to wash my truck, I took a nap so I kinda forgot that I had fixed it. So went to wash my truck and When I was finished I turn them on, and when driving out of bay they start flashing weird (out of pattern). So I go get diesel and take tape off and let it dry a little, so I drive Down the road and it starts working again. And I was :D ... So gotta tape it up realy good
  2. JohnnyU

    JohnnyU 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,037

  3. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    Then I gotta go pay 40$ for a heat gun. But thanks for the site
  4. thesnowman269

    thesnowman269 Senior Member
    Messages: 938

    Cough harbor frieght cough (if they have one buy you) :rolleyes:
  5. JohnnyU

    JohnnyU 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,037

    A cigarette lighter works also.
  6. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    Cough cough I will wann use it more than once cough grunt....
  7. thesnowman269

    thesnowman269 Senior Member
    Messages: 938

  8. Milwaukee

    Milwaukee 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,180

    It worth it to have.

    We have heat gun and tons of heat shrink. It do much better than that electric tape.
  9. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,107

    I have a little $5 pocket torch. I used heat shrink to fix a hole in my washer fluid hose 2 years ago (temporarily) and it's still holding.
  10. ultimate plow

    ultimate plow PlowSite.com Addict
    from N. IL
    Messages: 1,761

    electrical tape will work for a bit. 6 months later your lights wont work. Heat shrink! Hell you can use a lighter
  11. creativedesigns

    creativedesigns PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,929

    Heat shrink tubing is by far the best tight sealed casing you can install on wire hook-ups. I use a mini blu-flame torch from Blue-Point. Don't use a lighter, the flame ain't hot enuf.


    shrink tubing.jpg
  12. Cooter24

    Cooter24 Senior Member
    from NE Iowa
    Messages: 268

    Get the stuff with glue inside. That is the best.
  13. flykelley

    flykelley 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,124

    Hi AJ
    Man do it once with heat shrink, the good stuff with the glue in it, you can use almost any source of heat, pencil torch, lighter, hair dryer, but using electrical tape is a NO,NO. It will not work, you will get water corrosion and then lights don't go blink blink anymore. Do it right the first time and you will not have any issue's.

    Regards Mike
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2010
  14. dellwas

    dellwas Senior Member
    Messages: 369

    Never used one with heat shrink. I use a match, propane torch, or electric soldering gun/iron. Works fine as long as you move quickly.

  15. Hubjeep

    Hubjeep Senior Member
    Messages: 501