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Does anyone know where to buy green heat shrink tubing,,and the proper size to purchase for 22 gauge wiring repairs? The local bigbox stores only seem to carry black or white around here and would like to use green to match the light strand wire color

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Don't know what color green you are looking for but harbor freight has some and a lot on ebay.But they all seem to be the same color green.

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I get mine from ebay.  Much cheaper and more color choices. Best deals are the 100 ft. rolls.  Small retail size packages are real expensive compared to the bulk roll discounts.

 

Steve

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http://www.cabletiesandmore.com has a bunch of different heat shrink options including colors and bulk rolls, pretty cheap too.  Most colors up to 1/2" are less than $1.00 per foot.  Spools come in 100, 250, and 500 foot lengths all in different color choices.

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I want green colored tubing so it matches,and doesnt stick out like a sore thumb when used on mini light  strand wiring.What is the proper size tubing to purchase to use on the 22 gauge wiring found on mini light strands? I am only looking at purchasing a few feet of this tubing to complete the odd repair here and there that occasionally arises from squirrel damaged wiring,etc

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I use black 1/4" 2:1 heat shrink tubing for any repairs I do to my mini light strings.  

 

Unless you are on top of the repair both during the day and at night black tends to blend better with the dark green wire.  The green heat shrink is much lighter than the standard SPT wiring and tends to stand out when you are within 10' of the repairs especially during the day and within 5' at night with the lights off.

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You might try Frys.com or one of the other links above.

 

Fry's is close to my office and I usually buy spools of black shrink there, so I know they also have green. Can't remember off the top of my head if it is a dark green though....

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I just use black. All the green shrink I've ever seen was really light and would stand out way worse than black.

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Black does not stand out on dark green wire, you might do some then stand 10-20 feet away and see if you can find the black heat shrink,

 

As for 22 gage wire I use either 3/32" or 1/8" heat shrink, depends on the insulation thickness, it varies from MFG.. It also depends if you have a large solderconnection blob or not.

 

Do not try to slide the heat shrink over a still hot solder joint, it will start to shrink and might get stuck.

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