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I have a question about what tools do I need for wiring. I am planning a panel upgrade in the future. I'm collecting all the parts and tools I will need ahead of time. I have bought the hole knockouts for the 3/18 and 2 1/4 inch holes. I also bought a dimpler for flush riveting. Question is, what type of terminal crimper do I need to buy and where, (Aircraft Spruce) or somewhere else. Also I want to have some wire on hand. What size , type of wire do I need?. And also terminals. Is there a kit you can purchase with the terminals you will need for an aircraft. Or do I need to buy individual terminals ? Any help would be appreciated cause I'm new to this and would like to have everything I need before I start. Thanks.
Ok Thanks Bob
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Good advice from prior posts.
Some items not mentioned that you might need.
If you are wiring avionics using Sub D and high density Sub D connectors (virtually every modern avionics and display units use them) you will need a special crimper for Sub D pins and a set of pin extractors (or possibly 2 sets, they bend up easily). You also need a reasonably compact heat gun for doing heat shrink.
For ring terminals I use the high quality marine grade that are gold plated and have the integral heat shrink insulator. They are highly resistant to vibration and corrosion (and not cheap, but relatively easily available. They are as good or better than most of the terminals I have seen in aircraft.