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Distribution-Tie
Distribution-Tie

Distribution Tie

Distribution Ties are recommended as an improvement over Armor Rods secured with hand tie wire and clamp top insulators. When installed with a pad on bare conductor, they provide superior protection against abrasion and all types of conductor motion. Distribution Ties without pads are intended for plastic jacketed conductor but may be used to replace hand tie wire in areas where abrasion damage has not been experienced.
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Product Description

MATERIALS
Tie - Aluminum covered steel.
Pad - An elastomer tube is supplied with each Distribution Tie used on bare conductor, and they are identified by catalog number suffix P. Distribution Ties are supplied without pads for plastic jacketed conductor identified by catalog number suffix T.
Identification tag - Identifies catalog number, neck size, nominal conductor range, and conductor diameter range.
Color code - There are two color codes on Distribution Ties. The inside color code identifies the proper conductor size and the outside color code identifies the insulator neck size as shown below:
Insulator identification mark (identifies insulator head size)
Black - C Neck
Yellow - F Neck
Green - J Neck
General Recommendations
To insure proper fit and service life, it is recommended that only insulators corresponding to C Neck, F Neck, or J Neck be used. The neck diameters and groove height dimensions appear in ANSI Standard for low and medium voltage pin type insulators and also at the beginning of each listing. Distribution Ties are recommended as an improvement over Armor Rods secured with hand tie wire and clamp top insulators. When installed with a pad on bare conductor, they provide superior protection against abrasion and all types of conductor motion. The pad is a resilient cushion at the point of contact between conductor and insulator. Distribution Ties without pads are intended for plastic jacketed conductor but may be used to replace hand tie wire in areas where abrasion damage has not been experienced.
Maximum Size
Conductor sizes up to 1.240" O.D. can be accommodated depending on the insulator top groove radius.
Line Angle
On vertically mounted insulators, Distribution Ties are recommended for running line angles of up to 10 degrees. Larger angles can be turned when Distribution Ties are used with Side Ties or with pins and brackets having various degrees of cant.
Unbalanced Loading
Under unbalanced load conditions, the Distribution Tie has the resiliency to permit some longitudinal displacement of the conductor over the insulator without loosening the tie or damaging the conductor.
Radio Interference
The RIV characteristics of Distribution Ties are superior to those of well made hand ties when originally installed. During service life, the pre-contoured helix assures consistent fit which has better RIV characteristics than loosened tie wire.
Tapping
Tapping over applied legs of the Distribution Tie is not recommended. Taps should be located at least 6 inches from the end of the legs.

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