FAQs: Sensing Rope

How long is the wire rope?

The conductive rope is 10 feet long and comes with an 8’ lead wire.

Can I buy extensions?

Yes. Each extension is 10 feet; not to exceed 100’ total (10 lengths).

What is the maximum distance for the wire rope?

100 feet is the maximum suggested length. That means 1 wire rope kit and 9 extensions.

How do I hook up the wire rope kit to an RS-360 wireless sensor?

Place the connecting wire on the terminal block (two pins) provided on the sensor and hook up the connecting wire to the wire rope via the mating connectors.

Is the wire reusable?

Yes. You can reuse the wire rope once it has dried.

The wire rope got wet and now my system won’t reset – how can I dry the wire rope out quickly?

Secure the wireless sensor firmly in your hand and “slap” the wet wire rope length against a hard surface.

I touched water to the rope and the Receiver did not trigger. Any suggestions?

A piece of the rope needs to be submerged in water for at least 10 seconds for the Receiver to trigger.

Can I install the wire rope by myself?


Can the wire rope be cut for custom lengths?

Yes, the wire rope end can be trimmed to a specific length.  A round vinyl end cap (.172 Diameter hole x .500″ Length, White) is provided to stop jacket fraying. Be sure the internal wires are not touching when applying the end cap.

What can be used to cut the rope?

Any sufficiently sharp wire cutters, tin snips, scissors, etc.; no special tool is required.

Why is my Sensing Rope tripping when it's not wet?

In addition to requiring some time to dry out after a leak event, the Sensing Rope will also send a fault alert if the rope becomes kinked. If a section or sections of your Sensing Rope become kinked and cause false alerts, they should be replaced (P/N RSA-175-010).

Can I change the length of the lead wire on the Sensing Rope?

Yes – you can either shorten or lengthen the lead wire as your application requires. The standard 6′ lead wire is provided with flying leads at one end that can be trimmed back to a shorter length if desired. Wire jacketing will have to be stripped back 1/4″. If a longer length is desired, up to 100′ of 22 AWG, 2-conductor wire can be spliced into the flying lead end, with the opposite end of the wire then connected to the FloodMaster Receiver terminal block (Pins 6 & 7 or 8 & 9). Note: Any combination of lead wire and/or sensing wire should not exceed 100′.

What material are the water sensor conductivity elements ("pins") made of?

Wire Ropes (RSA-175-XXX) are made of tinned copper. Wired sensor pucks (RSA-1XX-XXX) are made of brass with gold finish.

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