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Striping and Twisting Hook Up Wire

Striping and twisting hook up wire is an additional service provided by your wire and cable supplier. Manufacturers will offer to stripe wire when the quantity is over 25,000’ for a single color, but more often than not, your purchase of striped wire will require your supplier to do the additional work of adding a spiral stripe.

Striping Hook Up Wire

Striping Hook Up WireIf there are 10 basic colors of hook up wire and 10 stripe colors that can be added, how many options are there in total? Quite a few. Contract assembly businesses manufacture wire harnesses with anywhere from 10, 25, 50, 100 or more lead wires that are all connected to the same device. Including a stripe will allow various color options to be used. It will also limit the amount of harnesses needed for a single job because 100 different colors can fit into a single harness instead of breaking it into 10 separate harnesses.

Twisting Hook Up Wire

Twisting Hook Up WireTwisting hook up wire is typically done for smaller wire harness jobs that include two to four lead wires in total. A wire harness with two wires that are 3 feet long will benefit from twisting because the wires will hold their form together as one. We can cut and twist 6 inch wires or we can twist 1000 feet onto a plastic spool for you to cut to length yourself.

Sometimes a 2, 3 or 4 conductor cable will be used instead of twisting lead wires together, however it will be more expensive to purchase. The cable jacket offers more protection to the wires in addition to making it look neat and clean within the assembly.

WesBell can also include a layer of heat shrink tubing over the twist to give the wires more protection and a cleaner look. Shrinkable tubing has voltage and temperature ratings just like wire insulation, so it’s smart to get similar ratings between the wire and tubing based on the environment they’ll be placed in.

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