Strain relief

cbrandt

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There are quite a few different options for what a strain relief could look like. Could you send us a picture of your par64?
 

Les

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It's either clamp-style or Heyco, I'd imagine. If clamp-style, it should be fairly obvious, with two screws you loosen to lessen its grip. The entire piece has a locknut on the back that unscrews for removal.

If Heyco, I second @derekleffew 's suggestion in getting a set of the pliers. I have a set and it is one of my least-used yet most valued tools. One, because it was a bit pricey, but also because it makes that job SO much easier.

In the off chance that it's a cable gland (google it), the entire thing has to unscrew from the fixture's housing first. There should be a nut on the back and a place to get a wrench on the front. When it gets removed the inner jaws will open up. This style of strain relief is common on the cheaper aluminum DJ-grade cans.

Edit: I'm going to correct myself on the cable gland explanation. Been a while since I installed one, but I think the "dome" portion is separate from the assembly that feeds through the fixture housing. Clamp your c-wrench on the hex at the bottom of the gland (against the outside of the housing) and try a pair of channel locks to unscrew the two halves.
 
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For strain relief a good laxative will work ;) (sorry had to be said).
If the items are like this Strain relief then I have removed and replaced them with pointy nose pliers in the past. The rely on the compression of the hole to slightly crimp the cable and keep it in place.
I hope this helps (especially the laxatives)

Regards

Geoff
 

TimMc

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For strain relief a good laxative will work ;) (sorry had to be said).
If the items are like this Strain relief then I have removed and replaced them with pointy nose pliers in the past. The rely on the compression of the hole to slightly crimp the cable and keep it in place.
I hope this helps (especially the laxatives)

Regards

Geoff
So all this fresh fruit and vegetables won't help my PAR can cord? {puts stuff in break room, then remembers there is no crew}
 

JChenault

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Thanks for mentioning the heyco tool for this. I was not aware that such a thing existed.

Just ordered it. Thanks derek ( and Amazon)
 
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STEVETERRY

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Remove & discard those [email protected]#$%^ plastic "strain reliefs." Enlarge the hole with a 7/8" hole punch and install a set-screw type Romex connector. Put a couple inches of woven Fiberglas sleeving over the end of the cable and clamp it in place. Fixed for life.
I think you mean a "2-screw" type connector, not a "set-screw" type:


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Ben Stiegler

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or ... lose the PAR in a dark alley and look at LED replacements. Actually, this PAR retrofit kit just came to my attention - and I think its going to have wide-spread application

 

Les

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or ... lose the PAR in a dark alley and look at LED replacements. Actually, this PAR retrofit kit just came to my attention - and I think its going to have wide-spread application

Wow, nice to see Times Square in the game. The one time I had to deal with their parts department they were very helpful.
 

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