20 Feb 06 - Running the Control Cables, Starting the Wiring

Pretty exciting, today: we've been discussing wiring for quite a while, now, kicking around ideas for the electrical system, and today we're going to actually start running wires.

The general plan, actually, is to let dad do a bunch of the actual legwork as far as actually crimping and soldering wires, and I'll be working on a bunch of the stuff that needs to be in place in order to make that happen - running conduit, slapping clamps onto parts, etc. Hopefully, with this division of labor, we'll actually manage to make progress quickly (Note from a month in the future: yeah, right!), but because we'll take a bunch of time to make sure we understand what the other person is doing, this might slow the process up somewhat. We'll see.

Now that the subpanel is in here for good (hopefully), it's not such a bad idea to run the throttle, mixture, and carb heat cables. This is where they go through the subpanel between the panel and the firewall - if you remember we moved this down a bit, and also we're using slightly smaller clamps than are called for. They seemed too big.
Beginnings of a wire list - at this point, we're planning on labeling all the wires and keeping track of where they go in case (heaven forbid) the subpanel or something has to be removed - this will make hooking it back up much easier.
Starting to put wires behind the subpanel - we're using molex connectors for this, as you can see.
Running wires through the first couple clamps and bushings, which at this point still seem to be more or less in the right place.
Starting to attach wires to the bus . . . we're underway, I think!

Just a note about the general philosophy of what we're trying to do, here: Getting inside the fuselage to work on wires now is not all that difficult, however, all things being equal, it'll be easier to get to stuff on the top when everything is in there. (Duh.) Therefore, we're starting on the bottom - i.e., the subpanel - and trying to wire up the switches before we start slapping instruments in there.

I know, I know this sounds obvious, but I've seen some RVs that where the folks that were building them just slapped everything in and the wires pouring out from behind the panel looked like a tefzel-coated Niagara Falls. This is an attempt to avoid that, though I have no idea how much it will actually work. Time will tell, I suppose.

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