insulate hot lead??

Discussion in '"Boat Anchor" & Classic Equipment' started by KB1FGC, Feb 26, 2021.

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  1. KB1FGC

    KB1FGC Ham Member QRZ Page

    I just wired my 401 Heathkit for 3 prong, Ground wire attached to ground lug.It has the new bypass caps installed also.It's pretty tough o tape up the hot lead well.Does it need to be insulated. Normally I would but not sure how well I can get to it.Just wondering what others do?
  2. N9LCD

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    I had a -390A that had a problem with the hot lead. If I moved the rig even a little or kicked the cord, I blew the rig's line fuse. The hot lead was hitting the chassis.

    I ended up insulating the hot lead with several layers of 3M electrical tape.

    Check with your local hardware or electrical supply store. They may carry liquid electrical tape. Check it out.
  3. KB1FGC

    KB1FGC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Many thanks for the tip.I've seen that before but didn't think about it.
  4. W1TRY

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    You might try several short sections of heat shrink tubing. Push them back, keep them away from the heat and then you can layer them over the bare conductor like scales.
    This works best with a product that has a large shrinkage factor.
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