Cold weather can wreak havoc on your skin, your heating bill and the air pressure in your tires, but did you also know that it can destroy your cabling if its not handled properly? One such cable, easily susceptible to cold weather deterioration, is THHN cable.

What is THHN cable?

While the terminology of some cables is convoluted and difficult to understand, most of the names of cables are acronyms or abbreviations. The name “THHN” simply comes from “Thermoplastic, High-Heat Resistance, Nylon-Coated.” THHN cable is classified under Hook-up Wire and is a very popular cable, typically used as general building wire. “General” simply means that it has several different applications, all falling under the building industry. Like all general use cables, there is no one “correct” application for THHN cable. However, it is very important to understand any cable’s strengths and weaknesses, what environments it can and cannot be used.

THHN Cable Strengths

Knowing where the name THHN comes from helps identify the cable’s strengths. Because it is a thermoplastic material it can be heated and cooled several times to reshape it, but like any material it has high and low temperature limits that it can withstand before becoming unstable. These specific temperatures can differ between individual manufacturers.

With the “High Heat” rating in its name, that infers it can be used in high temperature applications. What specific applications depend on the actual specifications of the cable, and the operating temperature ranges must be known to determine this. “Nylon-coated” identifies a specific thermoplastic material being used. THHN also has thermoplastic PVC material as insulation, but the Nylon is used as the cable’s jacket and is exposed to the elements. Nylon is a strong material, and is so widely used that THHN cable is more cost effective than other building cables made to withstand more demanding environments.

THHN Cable Weaknesses

The very same materials that give THHN cable it’s strengths also lend weaknesses as well in the right (or should I say wrong?) environments.

Because of the Nylon coating, THHN cable can become stiff at lower temperatures. Temperatures lower than 14F can make it susceptible to cracking. Thermoplastic materials need to undergo a process called plasticizing to function at constant low temperatures, but for cables that will be installed and then never move this isn’t necessary. Proper handling will allow for the cable to withstand installation and then cold temperatures up to the lowest end of the operating temperature range.

The term “thermoplastic” is defined as a material that melts into a liquid at high temperatures and freezes at lower temperatures. The colder it gets, the more it freezes, until the slightest agitation will cause fracture. Bending the cable causes one side of the jacket to compress and the other to expand, which is just the type of agitation needed to cause cracking.

Proper Installation of THHN Cable

To make sure that your THHN cable doesnt crack during installation, there are a few simple steps to follow:
Store cable indoors when the weather turns cold; a stable temperature of 65F is best.
If this is not possible, bring the cable inside at this temperature for 24 hours before installation
Never install THHN when the temperature outside is below 14F
While exposed to cold temperatures, do not drop it to the floor and protect the cable from impacts from other objects as this can crack the stiffened material.

After proper installation, THHN cable can safely operate in outside temperatures below 14F given that it remains stationary.

Chris Bucket Seats is a fully padded seat that has yours or a riel design embroidered on it. The seats are available as a stationary seat or a fully rotating seat. This seat is the talk and envy of every coach in the field. We know every coach will want one of these seats on their custom bucket.

Chris Bucket Seats use a variety of long lasting durable cover materials. For the ultimate in durability, Chris Bucket Seats offers a heavy-duty 400 denier nylon cover material in 6 colors, a 600 denier Cordura in two colors, and a 1000 denier Cordura available in light and dark shades. We also offer a comfortable 100% cotton Denim fabric cover material.

The seat covers are upholstered over 1-inch high-density foam rubber. A super density 1 -inch foam is also available.

At the heart of the rotating system is a 500lbs load capacity greased ball bearing race. Every Chris Bucket Seat is hand made in the USA and is carefully inspected before leaving our assembly shop. All of the seats are guaranteed against workmanship flaws for a period of 1 year from the purchase date.

You can also personalize and customize your Chris Bucket Seat. We have the ability to embroider just about anything you can think up to the cover material. You may choose from our listed designs or call us so we can help you customize and design it your way. We have dozens of thread color combinations and would enjoy the opportunity to create for you something that is unique. Please keep in mind however, that embroidery is not available on the animal prints.

We also offer the Chris Bucket Seat Coaches Bucket Bag which wraps around the bucket, secures firmly and holds all the important items that coaches need during a game, on the rder (nylon colors in black, red, royal blue, navy blue and dark denim). Best of all, the Bucket Bag is designed to allow the rotating and snap lid features of every Chris Bucket Seat to work without the slightestoutside of your bucket. This useful bag holds clip boards, line-up sheets, pens & pencils. Plus, it also has two drink holders, a zippered pocket and more! The Bucket Bag is made of the same durable high quality material we use on all our seats. You can even get colors to match your seat order (nylon colors in black, red, royal blue, navy blue and dark denim). Best of all, the Bucket Bag is designed to allow the rotating and snap lid features of every Chris Bucket Seat to work without the slightest difficulty. You can personalize it with your initials, name or team logo.

The Chris Bucket Seat Rotating Sport Utility Seat is designed to fit on a standard 12-inch diameter carry all-type bucket. The Chris Bucket Seat rotating sport s utility seat incorporates a self-lock / quick release lid and durable foam padded seat affixed to the lid that smoothly rotates 360 degrees. Catchers will be able to reach the wild pitch more easily. Spinning around, they are able to retrieve balls behind them and to all sides with greater efficiency. Coaches are able to assess field situations in all directions.

Chris Bucket Seats are not only for sport use but are very handy for anyone owning a work and tool bucket who wants a place to sit while at the job or on a break. Plumbers, carpenters, automotive workers can carry fittings and tools and have a comfortable place to sit when the job allows. For house and gardening, the Chris Bucket Seat will have plenty of uses, taking away strain from your back, legs and feet. Any job or task either professional or at home, will be more enjoyable and effective when you have a CBS seat. Chris Bucket Seats can also be used for outdoor sports and activities such as fishing, hunting, camping.

It’s good to express your personality even in your car. One of the best ways of doing it is customizing your car seat covers. If you are wondering how to go about it, here is how:

Embroidery

This technique allows you to add your name, initials, or your nickname in your car covers. You should start by buying the covers and taking them to an embroidery shop.

For ideal results, you should buy black, white, brown, or gray covers. Car covers with these colors allow you to easily add your personality using a brightly colored thread.

Embroidery services are usually offered in many printing and custom t-shirt companies and for you to get what you want you should write a well detailed description of what you are interested in. You should describe the words, font, and thread color that you want.

Applique

This is where you customize the seat cover using your favorite sports team logo. You can also customize it using your favorite cartoon character or flower image. You should start by buying a fabric with images that you like. To make your work easy, you should choose a fabric with images that are large enough.

Once you have found the fabric, you should cut the images out and identify where you want to place them on the covers. You should then iron the image on the seat cover.

For ideal results you should ensure that you use the correct heat setting on the iron. To prevent melting of the synthetic material, you should place a piece of fabric between the iron and cover.

You should finish the appliqué by sewing the edges of the image onto the car cover.

Tie and dye

This is ideal when you are operating on a tight budget. You should buy white car covers and large rubber bands. You should also buy at least four colors of your favorite dye.

While sectioning off large and small areas of your covers, you should place each of your favorite dyes in a large bucket and dip each section of the cover in the bucket. For ideal results you should ensure that the car cover is saturated with the dye.

If you are using dark colors, you should repeat the dipping process. Once the covers are completely dyed you should rinse them with water, remove the rubber bands, and let them dry. To remove excess dye you should machine wash the car covers before use.

Your car is probably one of your greatest assets. It offers the transport convenience and it is what you use to run your business more effectively. However, the service that you give your car determines how it serves you. Most people do not give attention to what is most important to a vehicle and this is surviving and they end up encountering numerous issues they would have otherwise avoided if only they kept up with the service requirements.

Auto repair shops offer a number of important services to keep your car serving faithfully. The most important and common services that you can get for your car include transmission service, complete vehicle diagnostics, factory recommended service, brake repairs, suspension service, clutch repair, electrical system repair, oil service, performance upgrades, air conditioning service and diesel repairs among others. When looking at your service provider, the services covered should be most important, followed by the car models and makes it can handle as well as the qualification, experience and reputation. But why are these services so important?

Servicing keeps issues at bay

This is because during the process parts that are worn out and need replacement are replaced saving you from issues that would have cropped up if you continued using the car. They offer you the confidence that no car trouble is getting stored up and you can continue enjoying the great performance of your car.

Servicing saves you money

It might seem like a waste of time getting your car checked when it has no issues, but this can actually save you from underlying issues that would have required more complex works to fix if left for long. It is better that you pay the reasonable rates of servicing and have a complete diagnosis done than wait until there is bigger trouble that demands you pay more to have your car fixed. You can save a large amount on your car by having minor issues taken care of and prevented for that matter.

Servicing is manufacturer recommended

Your car manufacturer knows the car better than you because he has spent time and money on research and testing it, hence only he knows what it takes to keep your reliable car in top condition. For better performance and reliability, you are better off keeping up with the manufacturer servicing schedule and you won’t be disappointed.

Different cars have different peculiarities

You therefore cannot assume that just because your previous car didn’t require certain services that your new car will also not have such requirements. Servicing takes care of individual car peculiarities to keep it running efficiently. They understand any unique requirements from manufacturers that you might know yourself.

Servicing adds value to your car

A full service history can be very valuable when selling your car. People who buy used cars have a need to know how reliable the car is and such a history gives them confidence in what they are about to buy. You can price your car high when trading in or selling backed by your servicing history and have no issues selling fast.

The holiday season will soon be over, but winter driving in rainy, snowy and icy conditions will continue on for several more weeks or months. Before you head out to Grandma’s house, consider these automotive service tips to help make your trip less stressful. Even with all the season’s hustle and bustle, take time to get the appropriate automotive repair to make your trip worry-free and safe!

Seven Important Automotive Service Tips:

1. Tires Check your tire pressure as it will improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency and ride. How is the tread depth? If it is too shallow, purchase new tires for safer driving through rainy or snowy weather.
2. Lights Don’t overlook a burned out headlight, or any other light (such as brake lights, back-up lights, turn indicators, and fog lights). You want to see and to be seen!
3. Windshield Wipers If your windshield wipers are more than six months old, you will want to have them replaced. You will be glad you did when that unexpected storm hits!
4. Brakes At least twice a year, have your brakes inspected as a part of an automotive service. This will ensure that the fluids are clean and at the right levels, and that the pads, rotors, and calipers are in satisfactory condition.
5. Radiator Fluid Make sure the anti-freeze/coolant mixture is sufficient for the winter temperature in which you drive. Make sure that you have a radiator flush at least once a year. It will help all the features of your vehicle to work properly.
6. Air Filter Your car will run smoother and quieter by replacing the air filter at least twice a year.
7. Battery – In the winter, corrosion can build up quickly in your car’s battery. Make it part of your regular automotive service to check the battery’s posts and cables so that your car will start quickly when you need it.

We here at Gary’s Quality Automotive would like to thank all of our customers for allowing us to take care of your vehicle throughout the year. We wish all of you a safe and happy holiday season of wonderful memories filled with family, friends and joy.