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July 11, 2007 4:18 PM   Subscribe

I've got these wiring clips for a utility trailer that are supposed to hold the brake light wiring against the frame. Action photo!

How do these puppies work? I put one together as a feeble attempt, and it can't clip to the trailer rail but pops off. I may just use zip ties or something. Thanks for any suggestions!

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posted by mecran01 to Home & Garden (6 answers total)
The metal piece clips onto the edge of the frame rail, and the plastic bit clips into the metal piece. I'd go ahead and use zip ties, honestly -- this set-up looks like it will come loose going over a bump.
posted by Forktine at 4:22 PM on July 11, 2007

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posted by mecran01 at 4:37 PM on July 11, 2007

Maybe this is too obvious, but the blue plastic piece is for splicing wires together. The flap gets snapped down after the metal blade piece is pushed in to splice the wires.
posted by spindling at 4:43 PM on July 11, 2007

Best answer: The blue plastic clips are not part of the support system. (they are meant to be used as shown here)

The black metal clips slide over the edge of the metal trailer frame, with the wires in the opposite larger side of the S - like so.
posted by davey_darling at 4:49 PM on July 11, 2007

Response by poster: Ack! I splice the wires with wire nuts. The clips are obviously worthless, so I ran out and got zip ties as a backup. Our panel of expert judges has determined that Davey Darling wins for both the usefulness and artistic skill of his entry. Please send your paypal address to to claim your token prize!!!!!!!
posted by mecran01 at 6:25 PM on July 11, 2007

Be careful with the wire nuts - they won't hold up that well to the abuse of the road (moisture/vibration). At the very least, you should give them a good wrapping with electrical tape. A dab of silicone right into the wirenut would seal things up pretty nicely..

Ideally you'd solder the connections and use a shrinkwrap over top.

You don't want your trailer lights failing in the middle of a trip.
posted by davey_darling at 7:05 PM on July 11, 2007

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