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#1 Sol Train Saihati

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 01:52 PM

Happy New Year all, :D

Does anyone have any good designs/ideas for a constructing Batten Strips?
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#2 Rob van Gelder

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Posted 04 January 2007 - 04:34 PM

forgive my lack of knowledge, but what are they? Batten Strips?
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#3 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 04 January 2007 - 06:23 PM

The most simple design is a strip of lightweight wood with a row of lightbulb sockets attached to it.
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#4 timHealy

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Posted 04 January 2007 - 06:25 PM

Batten strips are pretty easy.

Usually pieces of wood referred to as batten are kind of a rough stock of wood used for all sorts of purposes. Typically they are 1 and 1/4 inches thick and 2 and a half inches wide. or something like that. I think 8 foot and 4 foot lengths are most popular, that I have seen. One could make one longer if needed. 8 foot lengths typically have one porcelain socket per foot with two circuits alternating each socket. 4 foot batt strips usually have one curcuit but you can put two if you like. Afetr wiring them be careful to insulate the exposed connectors. I try and use liquid electrical tape.

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#5 timHealy

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Posted 04 January 2007 - 07:06 PM

I should have mentioned that one should use 12 gauge wire and 20 amp hubbles and one can use 4 500 watt (or less) bulbs on each 4 socket curcuit.

You can use braided wire and a wires tipper to remove insulation where it lines up with a connector. Or if you want to gate a little more secure, one can use crimp connectors, but that takes a little more work and supplies.

Storing them can be a problem as eventually the fragile porcelain sockets may be damaged.

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