FAQ: Proper Wire Termination and Connection Methods
After the recent influx of shoddy wiring showing up on these boards I feel that it is imperative to have a FAQ regarding proper termination and connection techniques.
I'll start off with this critical link:
Earmark is a premier Car Audio shop here in the D/FW area in Texas.
This is taken directly from their page: http://www.earmarkcaraudio.com/install_default.asp
This is from a company that provides a lifetime warranty on everything they do. There is a reason they do things the way they do.
EARMARK performs every electrical connection of every installation with solder and heatshrink. This means if we install it, it's going to operate trouble-free. No crimps, spacecaps, scotchlocks, butt connectors or twisted and taped wires that eventually fail.
While my husband worked at Circuit City as an Instillation and Sales manager for the Car Audio portion of numerous stores in the College Station and Dallas area, he and his co workers took pictures of various poor wiring jobs that they ran across from other stores and from individuals brining their cars in to have things done properly.
Here are some of their pics:
Improper Hood pin install for an alarm:
Stereo wires not even secured under the hood:
Alarm brain and all the wiring - what a mess:
Wow - not even sure what to say here, bare, exposed wire, among other things.
Properly installed...so much prettier, much less likely to be damaged in every day use, much less likely to fall apart, much less of a fire hazard, and much more likely to work right.
Sometimes, you need to contort to get into the right position to work.
I plan on taking some pics on soldering techniques sometime soon. If anyone else would like to add, please feel free.