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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Spehro Pefhany, May 13, 2004.

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  1. CFoley1064

    CFoley1064 Guest

    Subject: Acing lacing
    From the Tecra Tools link...

    "Too much time was spent on the install leaving no time for the aesthetic
    pleasure of creating these shapely yet time intensive organized bundles."

    Waxing (!) poetic about lacing! ROTFL! I wish I could say my fingers were
    laughing, too. They still remember, and they don't think it's funny at all.

  2. This was still being taught to USN electronics techs when I went through "A"
    school in 1969. By the time I got out to a Fleet assignement, it was
    quickly replaced by nylon zip-ties.
  3. Active8

    Active8 Guest

    Absolutely beautiful! The one link even names the knots. I like
    knots and knotty pines.

    I know a guy who did boy scouts and 4 in the Navy and can't name his
    knots or tie a proper square knot. Pretty lame IMO.
  4. Don Pearce

    Don Pearce Guest

    I still have a large reel of waxed lacing cord in my toolbox! Haven't
    used it for a very long time, though.

  5. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    I have been known to _plait_ bundles of three or four ;-)

    My wife worked (1960-61) at Honeywell Datamatic in the Boston area
    making harnesses. Used to come every night fuming about dumb-ass
    Tufts engineers who couldn't measure right, harness didn't fit, so
    they'd have her make it over to _exactly_the_same_dimensions_ ;-)

    ...Jim Thompson
  6. Greg Neff

    Greg Neff Guest

    Lacing cord has not been completely displaced by tie wraps, so lacing
    is still a good skill to learn. Another application: DIP ICs mounted
    in sockets must be restrained in transportation applications. Nylon
    tie wraps are prohibited because they are stiff enough to potentially
    damage plastic IC packages. Some lacing cord and a reef knot does the

    What can you do when you live in a shoe?
    Move to a boot and get laced.


    Greg Neff
    VP Engineering
    *Microsym* Computers Inc.
  7. Yep, its a beautiful thing to do to complete a job - a real
    aesthetic(sp) process. Trubble is, it caused heaps of problems with
    plastic insulated cable - a process known as "cold flow" where the
    lacing twine displaced the conductor insulation. So the waxed twine
    was banned (its fine for lead cables...). There was a solid core PVC
    material twine, but havent seen any for years - and it too depends on
    the skill of the lacee (new word?) not to do it too tight.

    The same applies to nylon cable ties - reef them up too tight and you
    do the same, particularly trubblesome if you are securing against a
    metal bracket....

    73 de VK3BFA Andrew

    PS - I was taught lacing at trade school, spent dozens of hours
    learning a now redundant skill ( along with wiping lead cable and
    paper twist jointing...)
  8. That would be lacer. Lacee is the wire bundle.
  9. N. Thornton

    N. Thornton Guest

    I always thought lacing was a real time wasting way to do things, but
    if the spec says do it you have to do it.

    Now whats paper twist jointing?

    Regards, NT
  10. Thank you for the correction - my life is so much more richer for knowing this.

    Andrew VK3BFA
  11. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    One time I was lacing a bundle in a particularly dirty environment,
    and couldn't get a good grip on that waxed lacing cord, so I dripped a
    little "liquid flux" (rosin dissolved in solvent) to make my fingers

    It worked!

  12. Don Pearce

    Don Pearce Guest

    Guitarists use something like this to keep a good hold of a plectrum
    even with a light grip. It is called "Gorilla snot".

  13. this.

    That should be "my life is so much richer for knowing this."
  14. John Fields

    John Fields Guest

    That should be: "That should be: "my life is so much richer for
    knowing this." ".

  15. There's a tape used in filmmaking that everyone calls "snot tape". I
    saw it at friend's company that supplies movie production stuff. I
    think the backing peels off leaving just the adhesive. Lots of cool
    products are only sold to that industry.

    Oh, and here's a mixed drink called "Gorilla snot":

    Gorilla Snot

    1/5 part Bailey's Irish Cream
    Measure the port into a brandy glass, the pour the bailey's in. As the
    Bailey's enters the port it will solidify, forming a glob.

    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
  16. Ahhh, cable lacing...

    Fortunately, I joined the telco just as they were having to REMOVE all
    that nicely laced cable to replace it with new, connectorized cable.
    They had to put in new cable trays for the new equipment, because
    someone actually thought ahead (or maybe, had just be bitten in the a$$
    recently) and realized that they would be removing all those nicely
    laced down cables as soon as the equipment they connected was removed!
    I remembered tears of both joy and sorrow as those installers later
    ripped through those laces to recover all those cables for recycling!

    Of course, even if using tie-wraps, you can still do a neat job!
  17. John Fields

    John Fields Guest

  18. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    That should be: "That should be: "That should be: "My life is so
    much richer for knowing this." ". ;-:"
  19. John Fields

    John Fields Guest

    The original post used this construct:

    "Thank you for the correction - my life is so much more richer for
    knowing this." , so I don't think the capital in needed after the
    hyphen, since it only seems to indicate a pause, not the full stop and
    the mandatory capital a period would have forced. However, an
    ellipsis in front of the quotes preceding 'my' to indicate the
    contraction would have have been the proper way to do it, though, (I
    think) or easier yet, just quoting the whole sentence.
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