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Old 06-22-2021, 09:41 AM   #21
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I wouldn't build my own bus bar. They don't cost all that much in the first place and it's worth the price for peace of mind.

Check out VTE: https://www.vteworld.com/content/ele...al_busbars.php

They don't appear to list the prices any more, but when I last ordered from them I was surprised by how affordable their products were.

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Old 06-22-2021, 10:42 AM   #22
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Mounting a standard bus bar to a wooden surface isn't an issue. The important bit is "standard" meaning not a chunk of copper screwed down to a piece of wood. You want something listed/tested. If you make proper connections with proper sized cable, the bus bar won't ever get hot so mounting it to wood isn't an issue.


I oversize all of my wire runs and fuse/breaker them according to what they are powering.. not wire size (as typically you fuse/breaker to protect the wire). Be sure to seal all terminal ends (heat shrink, etc) and torque fasteners to proper specs. Check them from time to time as vibration can loosen things. Beyond that, you shouldn't have any issues.
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Old 06-23-2021, 11:02 AM   #23
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Mounting a standard bus bar to a wooden surface isn't an issue. The important bit is "standard" meaning not a chunk of copper screwed down to a piece of wood. You want something listed/tested. If you make proper connections with proper sized cable, the bus bar won't ever get hot so mounting it to wood isn't an issue.


I oversize all of my wire runs and fuse/breaker them according to what they are powering.. not wire size (as typically you fuse/breaker to protect the wire). Be sure to seal all terminal ends (heat shrink, etc) and torque fasteners to proper specs. Check them from time to time as vibration can loosen things. Beyond that, you shouldn't have any issues.

"If you make proper connections with proper sized cable, the bus bar won't ever get hot so mounting it to wood isn't an issue."


I would say that it isn't an issue if it was "listed/tested" as being able to screw it to wood.


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