Besides presenting a neat appearance and supporting each other, what is the other purpose for
Why is flat tape preferred instead of round cord when wire bundles are laced?
What amount of flat tape or round cord is required to single lace a group of conductors?
A lacing shuttle on which the cord can be wound keeps the cord from fouling during the lacing
operation. A shuttle similar to the one shown in figure 2-40 can easily be made from aluminum, brass,
fiber, or plastic scrap. Rough edges of the material used for the shuttle should be filed smooth to prevent
injury to the operator and damage to the cord. To fill the shuttle for a single lace, measure the cord, cut it,
and wind it on the shuttle. For double lace, proceed as before, except double the length of the cord before
you wind it on the shuttle. For double lace, start both ends of the cord or tape on the shuttle in order to
leave a loop for starting the lace. This procedure is explained later in the chapter.
Figure 2-40.Lacing shuttle.
Some equipment requires the use of twisted wires. One example is the use of "twisted pairs" for the
ac filament leads of certain electron tube amplifiers to minimize radiation of their magnetic field. This
prevents an annoying hum in the amplifier output. You should duplicate the original layout when relacing
any wiring harness.
Lace or tie bundles tightly enough to prevent slipping, but not so tightly that the cord or tape cuts
into or deforms the insulation. Be especially careful when lacing or tying coaxial cable. Coaxial cable is a
conductor used primarily for radio-frequency transmission. It consists of a center conductor separated
from an outer conductor (usually called a shield) by an insulating dielectric. The dielectric maintains a
constant capacitance between the two conductors, which is very important in radio transmission. The
dielectric is soft and deforms easily if tied too tightly or with the wrong type of tape.
Do not use round cord for lacing or tying coaxial cable or bundles that contain
coaxial cable. Use only the approved military specification tape to lace or tie coaxial
cables or bundles containing coaxial cables.
What is the purpose of a lacing shuttle?
When should wires be twisted prior to lacing?
What precautions should you take when tying bundles containing coaxial cables?