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    Electrical Cord Question

    I've installed some new lights in my hood and used waterproof wirenuts to connect the wires to a pigtail which plugs into the wall. Question -- what do I need to use to make sure the electrical cord doesn't accidently get yanked and pull out from the wirenuts? On shop lighting I've seen where they have an attachement that screws around the cord near the exterior to hold the cord.

    Just don't know what that thing is called. I didn't really want to install a junction box and even then I didn't see one of those holders on them.

    Baffled.

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    I believe they are called a strain relief, but what Murfman posted would work great

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrumpto View Post
    I've installed some new lights in my hood and used waterproof wirenuts to connect the wires to a pigtail which plugs into the wall. Question -- what do I need to use to make sure the electrical cord doesn't accidently get yanked and pull out from the wirenuts? On shop lighting I've seen where they have an attachement that screws around the cord near the exterior to hold the cord.

    Just don't know what that thing is called. I didn't really want to install a junction box and even then I didn't see one of those holders on them.

    Baffled.
    I assume the cord goes through a hole in the hood of your tank? Tie a knot in the cord on the inside of the hood so that if you yank on the cord the knot cannot pull through the hood and it leaves enough wire that it doesnt put any strain on the connectors.

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    Hmmm, don't think that's going to work as I don't have plugs which would keep the cords from being pulled out.

    The lighting fixture had two bare wires running from it so I bought a pigtail and used silicone filled wire nuts to join the fixture to the pigtail. The pigtail is essentially an 8' extension cord with bare wires instead of a female plug.

    The entire back of the canopy is open so there's no place to drill a hole. Also the cord is too thick and stiff to tie a reasonably small knot in.

    Any other ideas?

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    make a loop, so the center of it or bottom are the wire nutted wires, and then zip tie the loop at the top?

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    Use a cable/rope clamp and make it just tight enough to not let it slip. It will be larger than the diameter of the cord and you won't need a huge hole. Something like this.
    http://www.walmart.com/ip/19862695?w...801151&veh=sem

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    Quote Originally Posted by projectx View Post
    make a loop, so the center of it or bottom are the wire nutted wires, and then zip tie the loop at the top?
    I like this idea the best so far.

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    Are these what you are looking for. or a cable strain relief. They also come in liqid tight that you just push the cable into.

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    The pic is of a cable connector with screw clamp.

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    Here are also some different cable strain reliefs.

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    Yep. All of these will work for what is being done.

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