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Offline 234rick

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Can I use solid wire
« on: May 14, 2013, 08:04:52 AM »
Well I screwed up, I got 2 rolls of # 14 wire from my boss. I check the one roll just to see how many strands it had & put the rolls on a pole chucked the other end in a drill & twisted them up. That really work great perfect twist. So I ran the wires thru the boat & even thru some tubing with some work but I got it. So I put the floor & seat & side panels all back in. And started to do my soldering & then I discovered the wire I didn't check was solid. One of the dumbest things I ever did. I should have realized how stiff it was & the way I managed to get it thru that tubing. Well anyway is it alright to use the solid wire I'm going to use it for the negitive side ? I checked the voltage & its the same on both ends.


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Re: Can I use solid wire
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2013, 05:26:42 PM »
Yes the solid wire will work.  The reason for using stranded wire is that it is more flexible and will withstand the beating that a boat can dish out better without failing versus the slid wire.  You have it all run and soldered up so I would go ahead and use it as is.  If you have problems with it in a year or more than I would replace it with stranded wire.

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Re: Can I use solid wire
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2013, 08:47:28 PM »
Yes the solid wire will work.  The reason for using stranded wire is that it is more flexible and will withstand the beating that a boat can dish out better without failing versus the slid wire.  You have it all run and soldered up so I would go ahead and use it as is.  If you have problems with it in a year or more than I would replace it with stranded wire.

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