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Guys is there a general rule for gauging how long of wire you need to yield a certain length cable after a 3 wire or 4 wire braid? How long of wire should I start with if I would like an approximately 4FT long cable in a 3 wire braid and then if its in a 4 wire braid?

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Originally Posted by ben_r_

Guys is there a general rule for gauging how long of wire you need to yield a certain length cable after a 3 wire or 4 wire braid? How long of wire should I start with if I would like an approximately 4FT long cable in a 3 wire braid and then if its in a 4 wire braid?

Usually it's something like 1,4x desired length of cable.

Edited by skalkman - 2/22/14 at 2:24pm
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Usually it's something like 1,4x desired length of cable.

Awesome, exactly what I was hoping someone would know. So its the same for 3 and 4 wire braids?

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Awesome, exactly what I was hoping someone would know. So its the same for 3 and 4 wire braids?

More or less. Kinda depends on how tight you braid it but 1,4x the desired length usually works just fine.

For a 4Ft cable you would need 4 pieces of 4Ft*1,4 (5,6Ft) so the total amount of cable needed would be 4*5,6FT which is 22,4Ft.

Or if you wanted to make a 3 piece cable it would be 16,8Ft (3*5,6Ft).

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More or less. Kinda depends on how tight you braid it but 1,4x the desired length usually works just fine.

For a 4Ft cable you would need 4 pieces of 4Ft*1,4 (5,6Ft) so the total amount of cable needed would be 4*5,6FT which is 22,4Ft.

Or if you wanted to make a 3 piece cable it would be 16,8Ft (3*5,6Ft).

My main concern for a cable I'm planning to make is flexibility in a stripped cable. What is a relatively cheap (-\$.75/foot) quad conductor cable that's really flexible and good quality?

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My main concern for a cable I'm planning to make is flexibility in a stripped cable. What is a relatively cheap (-\$.75/foot) quad conductor cable that's really flexible and good quality?

The ever famous and popular Canare L-4E5C. LINK

Can easily be found for around 0.50/foot

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The ever famous and popular Canare L-4E5C. LINK

Can easily be found for around 0.50/foot

I'm planning to terminate it with this Neutrik plug and HiFiMan connectors. If I stripped the L4E6S and sleeved each strand in type I (accessory) paracord then did a litz braid, would it be too big to fit the plug?

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I'm planning to terminate it with this Neutrik plug and HiFiMan connectors. If I stripped the L4E6S and sleeved each strand in type I (accessory) paracord then did a litz braid, would it be too big to fit the plug?

Nope, should fit just fine. Maybe a little tight, but thatll just mean its more secure ;)

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Originally Posted by ben_r_

Guys is there a general rule for gauging how long of wire you need to yield a certain length cable after a 3 wire or 4 wire braid? How long of wire should I start with if I would like an approximately 4FT long cable in a 3 wire braid and then if its in a 4 wire braid?

For 4 wire braids on all my cables, i usually cut an extra inch for every feet of wire on each strand, so for a 4ft cable, i would do 54", the extra 2" being for the wire that's inside the connectors. If you will be sleeving each strand, then go for 1.5" extra per feet of wire.

The barrel of the mini Furutech is 9mm, the hole is 5mm.

Edited by Toxic Cables - 2/22/14 at 9:07pm
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For 4 wire braids on all my cables, i usually cut an extra inch for every feet of wire on each strand, so for a 4ft cable, i would do 54", the extra 2" being for the wire that's inside the connectors. If you will be sleeving each strand, then go for 1.5" extra per feet of wire.

The barrel of the mini Furutech is 9mm, the hole is 5mm.

Awesome. Thanks TC!

With the interconnects I just made with a 4 wire braid, I cut the wire to 26" , and ended up with 24.5" by the time I was finished the braid.

I didn't braid the 4 wires when I recently recabled my D2000 and I just put them in the sleeve. I should have braided them.

Well, next time if I have to work on the same cable again I will braid them.

If you twist them properly and secure the ends in a small piece of heatshrink or wire wrap it will be more flexible than braided and give you better noise rejection.

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If you twist them properly and secure the ends in a small piece of heatshrink or wire wrap it will be more flexible than braided and give you better noise rejection.

I agree that it can be more flexible. Also, it'll take less time than braiding and sleeves faster (depending on paracord size) - At least in my experience.

Can't comment on noise rejection since it's never been a problem for me on any build, yet.
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