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Old 10-21-2009, 02:12 AM   #1
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I was in Lowes this evening and saw a can of Liquid Electrical Tape. Anyone used this? Do I just paint it on the connection I'd normally wrap with tape? Good? Bad? Seems like a great idea.

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Old 10-21-2009, 08:28 AM   #2
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I have used the 3M liquid repair to fix nicks in UF cables that had been damaged. No problems that I am aware of.

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We used it to make waterproof connections in the Navy. First wrap was always Rubber Tape, then Electrical, then coat with the 3M Liquid Tape.
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Is it suitable for a buried cable?
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Is it suitable for a buried cable?
Not sure about the code requirements and all but I did use it to repair a nick on a buried cable feeding my metal building about 13 years ago. Nicked it digging a necessary trench with a backhoe. (I had the power off because I knew I was very close to the wires).

I cleaned the nick, put layer after layer of the liquid tape on (letting it dry between layers) until it built up fairly thick then wrapped it with the best electrical tape I could get. I haven't observed any problems with the repair.
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The only place I have seen it used was for wet location terminations. Like after the VC, rubber and regular tape, they would put a coat of the 3m on at the end. I have never personally had any faith in it. It's been around for many many years if we are talking about the same product.
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These UK ham radio hobbyists swear by it:
http://www.sotabeams.co.uk/liquidtape.htm
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I always used it on my 5th wheel RV brake wiring! Never ever failed me!
I wrapped the splice with electrical tape and then painted it two times with the liquid tape.

On my needle nose pliers, the insulated grip broke off at the tip. I wrapped it with tape and painted it up and its been good for more than 5 years.
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I was in Lowes this evening and saw a can of Liquid Electrical Tape. Anyone used this? Do I just paint it on the connection I'd normally wrap with tape? Good? Bad? Seems like a great idea.
Liqid vinyl is cool. Tape traps moisture and rots wires, it never dries out. Good for damage wires. I use in heavy equipment. I dont like cutting wire because now they are two wires.
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Would this be any good for split bolt connectors?

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Would this be any good for split bolt connectors?
At my last employer, I did a lot of parking lot light maintenance.
The lights were fed by direct buried wire, with the light standards tapped off the parallel feed.

We used Burndy Split lugs for these taps. At the time, rubber tape was wrapped over all conducting surfaces, followed by a covering of cotton, friction tape. This tape was in turn covered with 3M Scotch Coat.

I would be surrprised if Scotch Coat and Liquid Tape are not one and the same.

When 3M came out with their splice kits, we switched over to these. These kits have a clear plastic case and are filled with an epoxy filler that seals out the moisture.
No problem with varmints chewing on these!

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