How to Terminate Wire Loom

 

BY: Fernando Manitto

corrugated wire loom with wires

Here, at CableOrganizer.com, we sell tons of wire loom; whether it is for industrial use or a simple "back of the computer" application, one of the most common questions that arise is: How do I terminate it? While we have heard all kinds of crazy ideas ranging from electrical tape to using staples, we've come up with a couple of suggestions that seem more reasonable for most uses.

First and foremost, it is important to be a bit picky during the selection process of your selection process of your wire loom. While material is important, depending on what the application will be exposed to, the size is just as important if not more. Try to select a size that will have a snug fit over your cables; you want to avoid a lot of empty room within the loom.

Once your size is correctly selected (or even if you have a pre-installed run); your first step is to take a look at the length of your run. Does your loom look like it is sliding over your cable run? If that is the case, our first suggestion is cable ties. Possibly the most popular way to terminate wire loom; cable ties, especially releasable cable ties are widely used and allow you to adjust your terminations. Apply cable ties at both ends of your cable run and throughout as well; just enough to prevent your wire loom from sliding.

Another popular method of termination is using heat shrink. Although the installation of installation of heat shrink can be a bit more complicated, as far as the work involved with getting this done; this solution will probably provide you with the most prolific termination. Using 6" pieces of heat shrink should be more than sufficient to secure the ends of your wire loom run. Bring your heat gun close and make sure the heat shrink shrinks evenly onto the wire loom and you wires or connectors. Be particularly careful if you are not using heat resistant wire loom, as your heat source can damage the wire loom.

Even if you use a simple electrical tape, we encourage you to get creative with your wire loom terminations and do share your experiences with us; we'd love to hear them. Send us pictures or videos, so that we can learn and share the knowledge with the rest of our customers. As always, be safe and happy organizing.

 

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