Re; Safety Wiring necessities;
I'm interested in the art. Could you elaborate for us n00bs?
tools, materials, techniques?
Please start a thread on the topic.
I use a really old aircraft safety wiring tool. That's a 2 pound spool (stainless safety wire), which will probably last most folks a lifetime.
My biological father (I also had two step fathers, all before I was 12 years old) was an aircraft mechanic in the USAF on nuclear bombers during/after the Korean War in the "nuclear '50s", after that he worked in the airline industry for Pan Am, then he put in thirty three years with Lockheed. He taught me well.
That old tool still works just fine.
It isn't hard to do ... the main idea is to have the wire wrap the fastener so that it is always pulling the fastener "tight". When wiring two or more fasteners together, each fastener has to wrapped in that fashion ... so that the wire pulls on the fastener in the proper direction so that it's always pulling them tight. In the case of a nut on a stud, the stud itself is not drilled, only the nut is. The wire does not get threaded through any holes in the stud ... if the stud is drilled a cotter key is more appropriate.
What was demonstrated on that hub a few posts back was not an example of safety wiring, it was an example of fakery with the intention of "looking like
" safety wiring. The person that posted it is fully aware of that and commented as such.