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post #6 of (permalink) Old 09-04-2006, 03:40 AM
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Re: fusible link substitute?

A 30 Ga. fusible link would be TINY!
The larger the number, the smaller the wire!

Go to any of the discount auto parts stores.
Get a fusible link (or Fuse Wire if you prefer)...
TWO WIRE GAUGE SIZES SMALLER THAN THE WIRE YOU ARE ATTACHING IT TO.

For instance...
10 Ga. wire, 12 Ga. Fusible link.
12 Ga. wire, 14 Ga. Fusible link.

Don't forget the crimp connectors, Silver bearing solder (if you use solder)
And the heat shrink tubing to seal up the crimp connectors.

Crimp, Mechanical Connection.
Solder, Electrical Connection.
Heat Shrink, Environment Protection/ Corrosion Resistance.

If you don't want to screw with a soldering iron, those little 'Jet Torch' cigarette lighters make good improvised soldering torches.

DON'T TRY TO SHRINK THE TUBING WITH ONE OF THOSE JET TORCH LIGHTERS! (I found this out the hard way! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img] )
You will ruin the tubing, probably making it catch fire or turning it into charred carbon waste...
Get the stuff in place, use a hair dryer or cigarette or regular lighter flame to shrink the tubing.

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LEVE, breakers have their place, like on my electric air compressor, or on any components that are going to be under water!
My ignition threw the braker when it got so much mud on the terminals it shorted out...
As soon as underhood heat dried the mud, the stupid thing started working again![img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]

I like breakers on lights.
Lights on long enough to trip the braker again is better than no light at all!
I hate being in the dark with blown fuses! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img]
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