How to install U-bolt cable clamps

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How to install U-bolt cable clamps
U-bolt clamps join metal cables. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

U-bolt clamps can be used to join two metal cables together or to make a loop in a length of cable. The U-bolt clamp is made up of a U-shaped bolt with threaded ends and a "saddle" piece that slides over the end of the bolt. Two hex nuts tighten the bolt section against the saddle and clamp the two cables together. When used correctly, the U-bolt clamp creates a very strong connection.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Marking device
  • Socket set
  • 9 mm (3/8 inch) drive torque spanner

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  1. 1

    Measure the diameter of the cable. The packaging information that comes with the clamps will tell you the number of clamps you will need based on the cable diameter.

  2. 2

    Remove the two hex nuts from the threaded ends of the U-bolt and slide the saddle piece off the U-bolt.

  3. 3

    Hold the pieces of cable together and place the U-bolt over the cut end of the cable. Slide the saddle piece over the U-bolt and hold the two sections together. Thread the hex nuts onto the U-bolt by hand and up to the base of the saddle piece. Hand-tighten the two hex nuts.

  4. 4

    Refer to the packaging information to determine the spacing for the rest of the cable clamps.

  5. 5

    Use a tape measure to measure the distance from the first cable clamp and make a mark on the cable at the distance specified in the packaging information.

  6. 6

    Repeat Steps 2 to 5 for the number of clamps specified in the packaging information.

  7. 7

    Set the torque spanner to the specified setting given in the packaging information and tighten each hex nut. The cables are now joined.

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