Tie - Manufactured from aluminized steel for use on aluminum based conductors.
Pad - An elastomer tube is supplied with each Side Tie used on bare conductor. They are identified by catalog number suffix P. Side Ties without pads are used for plastic jacketed conductors. They are identified by catalog number suffix T.
Identification tag - Identifies catalog number, neck size, nominal conductor size, and conductor diameter range.
Color code - Each Side Tie has two color codes; the center code identifies the proper conductor size and the leg color code identifies the insulator neck sizes:
Insulator identification mark (identifies insulator head size)
Black - C Neck
Yellow - F Neck
Green - J Neck
To insure proper fit and service life, it is recommended that only insulators corresponding to C Neck, F Neck, or J Neck he used. The neck diameters and groove height dimensions appear in ANSI Standard for low and medium voltage pin type insulators and also at the beginning of each listing. Side Ties are recommended as an improvement over Armor Rods secured with hand tie wire, and clamp top insulators. When installed with a pad on bare conductor, they provide superior protection against abrasion and all types of conductor motion. The pad is a resilient cushion at the point of contact between conductor and insulator. Side Ties without pads are intended for plastic jacketed conductor but may be used to replace hand tie wire in areas where abrasion damage has not been experienced. In the case of the smaller sizes, the completed installation should show the applied leg tucked under the corner of the Tie Pad as shown (figure 1). On the larger size conductor, it is optional whether the legs go under or over the corner of the Tie Pad (figure 2). Side Ties exactly match the conductor ranges of the Distribution Ties which means identical color codes.
Conductor sizes up to 1.240" O.D. can be accommodated depending on the insulator side groove radius.
On horizontally mounted insulators. Side Ties are recommended for running line angles of up to 10 degrees. Larger angles can be turned when Distribution Ties are used with side ties or with pins and brackets having various degrees of cant.
Under unbalanced load conditions, the Side Tie has the resiliency to permit some longitudinal displacement of the conductor over the insulator without loosening the tie or damaging the conductor.
The RIV characteristics of Side Ties are superior to those of a well made hand tie when originally installed. During service-life, the pre-contoured helix assures consistent fit which has better RIV characteristics than loosened tie wire.
Tapping over applied legs of the Side Tie is not recommended. Taps should be located at least 6 inches from the end of the legs.