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Need help from wiring gurus #13315654 10/18/19 05:49 PM
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I'm going to be rewiring the center console on my boat. It is currently a mess with wires going everywhere. What is the best way to label wires so they are easy to identify later?

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spring loaded wooden clothspins for wires..you can write right on the wood. $2 a bag.

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They make zip ties with a label you can write on with a Sharpie marker. I've used colored clothspins before...colored coded that way.

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Theirs a bunch of different methods. Goggle “wire labeling methods” and select the one you feel will work best for your project.


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first off, color code your new wires, red hot, black ground etc. and keep a list of what is what. label breakers as well (spray your list with some clear lacquer to make it waterproof).

take a lot of pictures of new wiring in case any get messed up later.

duct tape tabs are good, use a sharpie. you can use the little key tags and tape them to the wire,




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Good luck. If it is anything like my 96 Wellcraft was, it will be a challenge. Looking underneath at mine when I installed my Helix 9 was like looking at a bowl of spaghetti.




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Take your time and do it right. Make a schematic first documenting wire colors and sizes. Use fiberglass loom to construct the harness, then lay it in and connect/replace one wire at a time and test after each wire is replaced. Go slow and you’ll be fine. Vantex in Fort Worth will have everything you need.


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Here’s how it’s supposed to be wired.


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Originally Posted by grout-scout
Here’s how it’s supposed to be wired.


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Thank you for this!

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Originally Posted by Fishin' Nut
Good luck. If it is anything like my 96 Wellcraft was, it will be a challenge. Looking underneath at mine when I installed my Helix 9 was like looking at a bowl of spaghetti.

Exactly what it looks like.

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