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Author Topic: Ground Straps-Vendors ???  (Read 493 times)
NE4TT
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« on: June 08, 2004, 08:27:06 AM »

Local auto parts stores do not have ground straps,
for bonding engine and body parts, to chassis.

Need to find a vendor.

Suggestions?

Thanks,

Jamie NE4TT
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W7DJM
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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2004, 10:54:23 AM »

You can't make them?

You dont REALLY need braid, just big flexible wire, say #12 or so.

Unless Belden and other brand name auto electric brands have gotten pretty lame, I KNOW they used to show braid in their catalogues.  Buddy up to some NAPA counterman that "looks" like he's been there more than 6 months, get him to dig around in the back of the catalogue a little. (A few of these guys spend so much time on a computer, they forget what they have sitting back there on the shelf!!!!!!)

Heavy truck parts?
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WA6TMY
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« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2004, 11:22:01 AM »

Hi Sierra antennas have a great grounding strap that is specifically designed for mobile use. It has an eyelet every 4 inches with a ΒΌ inch hole. There are 600 stranded conductors wound like a rope. It is covered with black vinyl heat shrink tubing. It is clean looking and easy to route. I have used it extensively in grounding my motor home.

http://www.hsantennas.com


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CROOKIE
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« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2004, 09:36:39 AM »

Also try:

http://www.cablexperts.com/cfdocs/cat.cfm?ItemGroup=7&itmsub=0&bskt=0&USA_ship=1&c=0

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KC2MMI
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« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2004, 02:32:39 PM »

Jamie, AutoZone carries them (fully tinned) in their stores & on their web site. They are racked with the battery cables in the same display.

Plain battery cable will do just as well. Welding cable will be close enough but probably not tinned. For tinned battery cables you might try a boating supplier, i.e. West Marine or BoatUS. Tinned wire won't punk out the way standard automotive copper does.

"Number 3 Machine Wire" is another wire type that is very similar to battery cable, available fully tinned in heavy cable guages too. That's used commercially for powering drill stands, lathes, etc, so any commercial electrical supply should carry it, reasonably priced. If I remember correctly, the only difference between it and battery cable is that battery cable insulation is rated for higher temperatures.
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K6IPF
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« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2004, 12:50:33 PM »

    You can also go to Ebay,, I bought from a couple of vendors there and the prices weren't to bad...Just don't get caught up in the bidding war syndrom.....Sizes from 1/8 to 1"....
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