Braid - This is high-quality, 1/4" wide tinned copper braid (non-magnetic) just like the braid used by commercial raceways in a 500' roll (on a limited basis, rolls of 100' and 250" might be available). This braid provides excellent electrical connectivity with very high "ampacity" (safe current carrying capacity) without the drawbacks of copper tape (e.g. limited ampacity, breakage, lifting, electrical connectivity issues). Unlike the flimsy metal spools some of our competitors use, our braid is spooled on high-quality, heavy duty plastic spools. These spools provide much better protection for the braid during shipment.
Most rolls of braid are one continuous length (piece) of braid; however, it is possible to have rolls with 2 pieces. Therefore, when installing braid, please note the following:
- If you plan to install the braid directly from the spool, you may reach the end of a length of braid before reaching the end of the current section of track you are braiding. Should this happen, simply drill a 1/4" hole in the gain so there will still be at least 10-12" of braid to "drop" through the hole. Insert the first 10-12" of braid from the next piece of braid into the hole and continue braiding. The ends of the two pieces of braid that were "dropped" under the table can be connected using an electrical wire nut.
- If you want to ensure you have enough braid for the next section of track you will be braiding, you will need to measure how much braid is required (don't forget to leave 10-12" on both ends for your "drops"). Once you have determind the length of braid required, measure and cut a piece of braid from the spool.
- In general, if you are braiding long segments of track (30+'), the first method described above (working directly from the spool) is easier to use. If you are planning to braid shorter lengths of track (or the track is broken up into individual sections which will be braided individually), either method can be used. If you don't want additional "drops" within a given segment, use the second method.