Step 3: Plasti Dip the Clamps
This step is optional, but I think it makes it look a lot cleaner. It also covers sharp corners, prevents the nuts from coming loose, prevents corrosion, and reduces rattling noise from metal on metal. Directions on how to apply Plasti Dip are on the bottle but you basically just dip the clamps into the can. The only tricky part was bending the cable enough to get the clamps into the can. Transferring the plasti dip to a larger container would have made it easier but I applied two coats and the dip probably would have dried in the container before I could have added the second coat.
Step 1: Tools and Supplies
I was able to find everything that I needed at my local hardware store. Supplies: 1. Vinyl coated galvanized cable, (I used 3/8″ by 8, but you can go thinner and cut to size). 2. Three stainless steel wire rope cable clip clamps, (sized to match cable). 3. Two stainless steel spring snap hook carabiners. 4. One stainless steel swivel snap hook, (I used a D shackle but would recommend the swivel hook). 5. Plasti Dip rubber coating. Tools: 1. Tape measure. 2. Box end wrench, (to tighten clamps). 3. Box cutter or utility knife. 4. Bolt cutters or hack saw, (unless you pre measure and have the cable cut to size).
Step 4: Trim the Plasti Dip
I used a box cutter to score the Plasti dip while trying not to cut into the vinyl cable covering. The Plasti Dip peeled off fairly easily making clean line where it was scored.
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