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post #6526 of 6581
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Originally Posted by Paladin79 View Post
 
... I generally build what are considered directional aux cables.

 

as in a drain wire? Or you alway use them in the same in/out configuration to align the crystals?

post #6527 of 6581
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Originally Posted by Allanmarcus View Post
 

 

as in a drain wire? Or you alway use them in the same in/out configuration to align the crystals?

I am talking about the shield and drain wire in reference to the source and destination. I try not to use magic crystals and fairy dust if I can help it. I have cats and they would just end up tracking them around the house. I have 9 or 10 devices in close proximity so I use what shielding I can. Oops, make that 15, drat I may need to reread Thoreau and simplify my downstairs.


Edited by Paladin79 - 3/19/17 at 9:10am
post #6528 of 6581

I just learned about this: MFC Paracord Threader

 

https://mainframecustom.com/shop/cable-sleeving/tools/paracord-threader/

 

I'm not sure what size paracord it works best with, but I've sent an email inquiry about that.

post #6529 of 6581
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Originally Posted by Allanmarcus View Post
 

I just learned about this: MFC Paracord Threader

 

https://mainframecustom.com/shop/cable-sleeving/tools/paracord-threader/

 

I'm not sure what size paracord it works best with, but I've sent an email inquiry about that.

Judging by the size of the pin, I have a feeling it would work with 150 paracord and larger. That looks like a molex pin I use a lot of so I will have plenty of them laying around. My people use a similar method but I like the looks of this one and will have at least one on the way tomorrow.

post #6530 of 6581
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Originally Posted by Paladin79 View Post
 
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Originally Posted by Allanmarcus View Post
 

I just learned about this: MFC Paracord Threader

 

https://mainframecustom.com/shop/cable-sleeving/tools/paracord-threader/

 

I'm not sure what size paracord it works best with, but I've sent an email inquiry about that.

Judging by the size of the pin, I have a feeling it would work with 150 paracord and larger. That looks like a molex pin I use a lot of so I will have plenty of them laying around. My people use a similar method but I like the looks of this one and will have at least one on the way tomorrow.

 

Only the tube is included. I think it was designed for PC modders, so a molex pin is about right. 

post #6531 of 6581
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Originally Posted by Allanmarcus View Post
 

 

Only the tube is included. I think it was designed for PC modders, so a molex pin is about right. 

Trust me i will figure out the proper pin size, once I get it I will let you know how it works and send you some pins if you need them. I buy them by the thousand and they are not expensive. Heck a person can probably put a drop of hot glue on the end of the wire, slide it into the tube and reheat it once retracted from the other end but I will check molex pins first.

 

I guess this falls under DIY but I am going to upgrade the drivers in some CHC  Silverado headphones so they are 250 or 300 ohm impedance. I found some that are amazingly close in fit and if I have to alter the headphone housing much I can do it. I have enough acrylic (methyl methacrylate) that I can fashion most anything inside a headphone. Under heat and pressure the material is strong enough to make a knife blade so it should certainly handle this. It can be drilled and sanded to most any shape and it is relatively light weight.


Edited by Paladin79 - 3/19/17 at 4:26pm
post #6532 of 6581

Do I take it you don't like the Irwin stripper?

 

FYI, Paladin got taken over by Greenlee's core company, Textron, they are rebranding all the Paladin stuff to Greenlee. Guess you won't have to change your name :).

post #6533 of 6581
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Do I take it you don't like the Irwin stripper?

 

FYI, Paladin got taken over by Greenlee's core company, Textron, they are rebranding all the Paladin stuff to Greenlee. Guess you won't have to change your name :).

If this is the style stripper you call Irwin, I like it for some applications. It can leave dents in pvc jacket or Teflon jacket. It is fine for rubberized jackets on AC cordage and I would use it there. The cutting surface is rather shallow and rugged so it will last a long time but the serrated portion that grabs the cable is what can cause dents. For home use that can be fine but some of my customers would freak if they saw dents in jacketed wire.

 

I use Paladin as a knight of the court of Charlemagne, also called the twelve peers. They were similar to Arthur's knights of the round table. The Mensa society uses a similar concept. Mensa is latin for table and since there can be no "head" of a round table, all those seated around it are considered equals. I always liked that approach. I always liked the knight on a chess board (I play in the USCF) and I have carved wooden chess pieces and always found the knight the most difficult to carve and the prettiest of the pieces in my opinion but I digress.

 

If you like any style wire stripper over another by all means use what you like. The one in the photo is certainly rugged and will last a long time. I use cutters like Lindstom's that I have had for 25 years and they work well after repeated usage. For the occasional cable builder Xcelite would be fine. I bought my son an Xcelite tool kit that he might use five times a year and they are fine after 15 years.


Edited by Paladin79 - 3/20/17 at 7:54am
post #6534 of 6581

That type of stripper is under sooooooo many brands ranging from $7-35 CAD at least in my area.

post #6535 of 6581

In anyone finds this useful, I just started putting together a Google Sheet of wire.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pXSXIVBJXhb5fqysBTHQ5q3SHQ3d8B6kAHv8yQIWSTY/edit?usp=sharing

 

If you have additions or comments, please let me know. 

post #6536 of 6581
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Originally Posted by i luvmusic 2 View Post
 

That type of stripper is under sooooooo many brands ranging from $7-35 CAD at least in my area.

Yeah the one in my photo has the Vise Grip brand on it. There are some cheap knock-offs out there too.

post #6537 of 6581
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Originally Posted by Allanmarcus View Post
 

In anyone finds this useful, I just started putting together a Google Sheet of wire.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pXSXIVBJXhb5fqysBTHQ5q3SHQ3d8B6kAHv8yQIWSTY/edit?usp=sharing

 

If you have additions or comments, please let me know. 

I would not begin to know where to start with additions, if time allows I will send some info. Gepco was purchased by Belden last I heard so I am not sure what will happen with branding there.

post #6538 of 6581

I appreciate you stating the pros and cons, knowing these will press into the insulation is good to know. I'm looking closely at those Paladin/Greenlee strippers. What I would really love is a heat stripper that didn't cost and arm and leg.

 

BTW, I said Irwin because they own Vise Grip. I'm weird, I won't say "Crescent Wrench" because it's a Crescent brand adjustable wrench", Vise Grip is a "Vise Grip brand locking pliar", etc.

post #6539 of 6581
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Originally Posted by rmoody View Post
 

I appreciate you stating the pros and cons, knowing these will press into the insulation is good to know. I'm looking closely at those Paladin/Greenlee strippers. What I would really love is a heat stripper that didn't cost and arm and leg.

 

BTW, I said Irwin because they own Vise Grip. I'm weird, I won't say "Crescent Wrench" because it's a Crescent brand adjustable wrench", Vise Grip is a "Vise Grip brand locking pliar", etc.

Ahhh that makes sense, the Vise Grip does certainly match the Irwin colors so I knew what you were talking about. My last name is the name of a tool company that now owns Black and Decker I do believe. Trace the history of most any gun or tool company and a lot of changes seemed to have taken place.

 

I have a few for fiber optic that are super accurate and easy to use and they will do small copper wire. They are a pain to set up. I even have this think with about seven blades for coaxial cable. It is scary looking and I think developed for NASA usage but I never liked the idea of losing a finger to strip a bit of jacket from copper wire lol.  If I think something is unsafe, I am sure not going to hand it to another person their first day on the job I even take extra blades off of some tools after seeing one lady open her hand up accidentally many years ago.

 

By the way my daughter lives in Knoxville, I am down that way once a year or more. Lovely country once you get down to the Smokeys especially. Another acquaintance works at Oak Ridge, I run into her and a few other physicists in D.C. on occasion since they got their doctorates at a local university.


Edited by Paladin79 - 3/20/17 at 4:29pm
post #6540 of 6581

well, I tried a different pattern for the 16 strand braid. This time a spiral

 

 

 

and the square braid for reference:

 

Hard to tell which I like better. I'm just gonna have to make one. I don't look forward to stripping 84 feet of quad.

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