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I went to an EAA Electrical Systems WorkshopI went to an EAA Electrical Systems Workshop
This was cool! I told the instructor that the last time soldered anything was when I put a new eight track tape player in my car! Go ahead, guess my age. After the class, I had a good idea of what is required to wire my RV. I went to the Stein Air website and found the exact tools that we used in the workshop.
SAT-006 5 Flush Cut Cutter SAT-006 5 Flush Cut Cutter
Perfect for cutting wires flush in tight places, and cutting zip ties (leaves no edge).
Automatic Wire StripperAutomatic Wire Stripper
Ideal Stripmaster - Made in the USA! Strips AWG16-22.
Ratcheting Crimper Ratcheting Crimper
I bought the tool frame and the individual dies, which are sold separately. The dies are interchangeable.
MOLEX / Open Barreled Pin Crimper and Pin Insertion/Removal ToolMOLEX / Open Barreled Pin Crimper and Pin Insertion/Removal Tool
Crimps Molex, King/Narco Radio Pins and other open barreled pins in multiple sizes. The red and white insertion/removal tool is used for D-Sub pins, Mil Spec.
Last and certainly not least, the bible of electical systemsLast and certainly not least, the bible of electical systems
AeroElectric Connection by: Bob Nuckolls, 10th Edition.
My list of stuff that I boughtMy list of stuff that I bought
If you're lazy like me, here's a list of items that I purchased, with all the part numbers.
Here's some things we put together. Coax connectorHere's some things we put together. Coax connector
Various wire connectorsVarious wire connectors
Phone jacks inputs, earphones and microphonePhone jacks inputs, earphones and microphone
Pin connectorPin connector
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