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Old 09-11-2011, 08:17 AM
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Anyone recommend some kind of tags to identify various wires? I'm looking for some kind of tags that I can write on to identify wires, eg., to gps, radar, baitwell, etc.
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Ancor makes them in heat shrink. West Marine sells them.
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Professionals will use printed brady markers heat sealed directly on the cable. Thats what you typically see in data centers and telephone wring closets.

You can use small tape labels covered with clear heat shrink tubing. Or simply use the plastic tag labels.
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Depending on how OCD you are... a simple way is to use colored tie-wraps. I like wire tags like these...
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There are smaller ones as well for 4-1/2" tie wraps, and you can get fiber tags that can be embossed with a letter or number punch.
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3M Wire Markers

http://www.uline.com/BL_6480/3M-Wire...FUuK4AodwQ48Dw
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Get a label maker from staples and buy the lable maker tape that is used for wiring.
I hate to admit but i'm a litlle OCD and label everything including all my takle trays I know when i'm getting low on a certain hook or swivel and can replace as needed. Give it a try nice rainy day bad weather project.
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Originally Posted by rjtfd View Post
Get a label maker from staples and buy the lable maker tape that is used for wiring.
What tape would that be?

I currently have a Brother label printer (USB connection to PC) that uses labels from 1/4" to 1" wide. Is there a specific label for wiring?
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I use my P-touch label maker. I believe they actually do have a label type intended for wire, I think it's supposed to be more flexible than their regular tape. I just use the regular stuff.
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Originally Posted by Flot View Post
I use my P-touch label maker. I believe they actually do have a label type intended for wire, I think it's supposed to be more flexible than their regular tape. I just use the regular stuff.
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The p-touch lables covered with clear heat shrink
Easy and cheap
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X3. Great product and waterproof.
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Those p-tocuch labels will NOT stay on for ay lenght of time, and if they are in the sun whatsoever, they sun will wash out the writing and make un-readable in less than a few months.

So if you go that route, make sure you clear shrink wrap them over the label.
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Will the clear shrink wrap provent them from UV fading?

BTW, I love my P-touch printer, but it's like the Gillette razor business model: give the device away for less than cost, recoup it in sales of consumables...

P-touch cartridges are certainly not cheap, even when scrounging for distressed ones on eBay...
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So many recommendations for heat shrink. I believe he wants to add labels, probably without the R and R of each connector ... ;?
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Real technicians don't tag wires!
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check out Kroy K4100, its a fairly cheap dedicated wire label printer. 1/4" - 3/8" - 1/2" heat shrink tubing sizes. Works great!!!!
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Originally Posted by MoonDragon View Post
check out Kroy K4100, its a fairly cheap dedicated wire label printer. 1/4" - 3/8" - 1/2" heat shrink tubing sizes. Works great!!!!
Here is one for $169

http://www.plccenter.com/Shop/KROY/2...GoogleShopping
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Originally Posted by rwidman View Post
Real technicians don't tag wires!
It's a holdover from the old tool and die makers who wouldn't tag any of their jigs in any way you could decipher. Fire him, and your 6 hour spec job is now a 60 hour job.

It's called job security.
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ALL the wires on my Rampage are labeled (printed on) every 6 inches from the factory. So the Port Nav light wires is labeled every 6 inches with: "Port Nav Lt #45". The # corresponds with a wire # in the manual... REALLY nice. But of course I have added a ton of "stuff", and don't have a printer that prints right on the wire shields as rampage does.

So what I do is, DOCUMENT it. I take pictures of everything, especially bus bars and such where there are multiple connections, then I create a Visio drawing of the terminal and document each wire color and what it is, where it's going, device connected... It basically removes the need to label the actual wires in "most" cases. Just pull out your document and you know what everything is.


Regarding Shrink Wrap to clarify:
When we say to use shrink wrap, what we mean is label the wire with a P-touch, then place a piece of clear shrink wrap over the p-touch label to water-proof / weather-proof it. Otherwise the p-touch label will come off in a matter of a few days....
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Originally Posted by rwidman
Real technicians don't tag wires

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It's a holdover from the old tool and die makers who wouldn't tag any of their jigs in any way you could decipher. Fire him, and your 6 hour spec job is now a 60 hour job.

It's called job security.
Using Birdman's example of the port navigation light, the wire connects at one end to the switch and the other end to the port navigation light. With any luck, it's color coded. Who needs a label? ;?

Now if I'm taking six wires off something to replace it, I'll tag the wires, make a drawing, or take a digital photo, but I'll use masking tape to tag them and pull it off when I'm, done.

But, I'm not suggesting that anyone not label wires if they want to. To each his/her own.
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Funny story (now at least). Years ago I had a car that blew its head gasket. A friend told me "no problem, piece of cake to fix yourself". I already had a new car so I figured why not.

Just to be safe, as I took each hose off the block I labeled it with masking tape. That way I would know where each hose was supposed to go when I put it back together.

Well, by the time I went back to reconnect everything, oil has soaked each and every one of the labels and I couldn't read them. I had no idea where everything went. Some I could tell by length, but others I didn't have a clue for.

Long story short - don't use masking tape.

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