Using a Stainless Steel Zip Tie is somewhat different than using a plastic zip tie. Instead of pulling the tie to a tight close, you simply feed the tie through a self-locking mechanism.
Stainless Steel Zip Ties are specialty cable ties, so they need to be properly installed so that they can perform to their standard. When installing metal and stainless steel ties, there are two options.
1. Stainless Steel Zip Tie Installation without Specialty Tools
A quick pull will zip metal impregnated ties shut, and they can be opened by pushing the ratchet up with a flathead screwdriver.
If you wish to remove any cable sticking out of the head, it is reccomendd to use a strap or cable cutters to make a clean cut.
2. Stainless Steel Zip Tie Installation with Specialty Tools
A cable tie installation tool is made to tighten and cut the tie in one motion. Power tools are used in industrial settings, but manual tools are a reasonable alternative for home installers.
After the strap has been pushed through the head, it’s fed into the tool until the end of the tool is against the head. Squeezing the trigger will slide the cable through the tool, tightening the metal cable tie. Once the correct tension is reached, the pull will force a blade into the cable, cutting it to length.