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Old 02-05-2022, 09:39 PM
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Default Is it too much to ask?

Trim those cable ties please!!
Iím a flyer not a builder but back in the old days this would have been a write up when doing A/C maintenance in the USAF. Bloody hands, arms and wrists can be averted with a few seconds trimming cable ties properly.
Think about next time you may need to go in there or the next owner of your beautiful build.

Am I asking too much?
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Old 02-05-2022, 10:00 PM
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I thought the recommendation was to leave 3 teeth showing on the cuts. I didn't think you were supposed to cut them flush.
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Old 02-05-2022, 10:07 PM
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Iím remembering back to my days in missile and a/c maintenance in the USAF 30 years ago we trimmed them all flush. We even used a razor blade if able so the next guy didnít end up with a bloody arm.
Curious to hear the consensus on this todayÖ
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Old 02-05-2022, 10:22 PM
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Default Flush side cutter

I use a flush side cutter tool and try to cut them off as square as possible. This tool does not seem to leave as sharp an edge as a regular side cutter, or snips etc.

As we get older we can get cut and bleed more easily too!
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Old 02-06-2022, 02:22 AM
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Old 02-06-2022, 05:26 AM
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Also try to not have zip ties to engine mounts or metal tubing at all if you can help it without protecting the metal tubing! I like it put a wrap of self vulcanizing silicone tape or even electrical tape on the tubing first.. Iíve seen the zip ties wear away the powder coat and even start to wear the engine mount!
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Old 02-06-2022, 07:35 AM
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I hate those pointy sharp ends. I cut mine with side cutters that leave a little still sticking out. I touch those ends with a hot flat soldering tip to melt them down and flush with the locking collar.
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Old 02-06-2022, 07:47 AM
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Also try to not have zip ties to engine mounts or metal tubing at all if you can help it without protecting the metal tubing! I like it put a wrap of self vulcanizing silicone tape or even electrical tape on the tubing first.. I’ve seen the zip ties wear away the powder coat and even start to wear the engine mount!
It took 6 posts!!! First thing I noticed. I thought this thread was going to be about Zip Ties on steel tubes.

I have to agree with the OP, cut those zip tie ends flush!
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Old 02-06-2022, 07:53 AM
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Default Cobra Low Profile Zip Tie

I am surprised that no one (yet) as mentioned the low profile product by www.cableties.com to solve this problem.

They are a bit more tedious to install; but, when done properly they effectively remove the possibility of a "blood draw". I have some on the pushrod tubes on my Rocket - been there for almost 20 years w/no issues.

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Old 02-06-2022, 08:02 AM
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The best tool to trim zip ties, that I have found, is a Sprue cutter. It cuts them flush and clean every time...
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