How to release wires from blue plastic restraint on power converter - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-27-2010, 01:06 PM   #1
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I am replacing the shore power hatch. Since the molded plug will not fit through the external hatch, you have to disconnect the 120 external cord from the other end, at the power converter. I have the green, black and white wires free, however, the cord is restrained where it enters the converter by a blue plastic collar; and very firmly, at that. How do I release the wires from the blue collar? This set-up is behind a small hatch and I can't get at it all that well. Please and thank you.
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Old 06-27-2010, 06:22 PM   #2
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Its probably in a strain relief (pictured) and you have to pop it open (maybe with a screwdriver) to release the wire.

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Old 06-27-2010, 06:48 PM   #3
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Thanks, Frank, I got it. It turns out it is a CSA-approved plastic push-in strain relief. Two little clips from the converter side and it pushes back out. Couldn't find a method to make it release the wire (one way ridges). I will replace it with a standard metal house panel clip.
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Glad you got it.

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Old 06-27-2010, 09:54 PM   #5
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Thanks, Frank, I got it. It turns out it is a CSA-approved plastic push-in strain relief. Two little clips from the converter side and it pushes back out. Couldn't find a method to make it release the wire (one way ridges). I will replace it with a standard metal house panel clip.
So... the CSA still gets a little respect. Even after reconstruction and all the obfuscation?[lol]
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Old 06-29-2010, 12:07 AM   #6
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they're called Heyco fittings and are designed to be clamped together with a special tool. Usually a carefully aligned, needle nose or channel lock can be used to pinch the two sides together enough to pull the fitting through the hole. I have used these a fair amount on custom lighting fixtures.
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