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Braiding long cables

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Hi

 

How do you braid long cables without jumbling up all the wires and loosing your nerves?

 

 

mbrennwa

post #2 of 7

Assuming you're talking about finding which wire is which rather than braiding errors there are three options that I can think of:

 

1. Colour code the wires.  Could be done by writing on the insulation in permanent marker (different colours, 1 dot/ring for left, two for right...) or by attaching stickers.

 

2. Strip the ends in a recognisable way.  Assuming you're doing a single ended headphone recable leave both grounds unstripped, strip a little of the left side and noticably more of the right.  Write it down as it might be a while and you might forget with all the excitement of braiding.

 

3. The most professional and only method that can't go wrong is to use a multimeter in continuity mode.  When you touch both ends of the same wire it will beep, then you know which wire you've got.

 

Have fun!

post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 

No, identifying the strands is easy. I wonder how the braiding process itself is done. I am loosing my nerves with juggling the wire spools, especially if the cable is longer than a metre or two.

post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 

No, identifying the strands is easy. I wonder how the braiding process itself is done. I am loosing my nerves with juggling the wire spools, especially if the cable is longer than a metre or two.

post #5 of 7

For me it is was practice, rinse repeat rinse repeat. Also might help to try an 8 strand braid, makes 4 seem much easier.

post #6 of 7

OMG! Can anyone tell me an easy way to recover if you mess up a 4 strand wire braid? I backtrack and try different things, but I can never seem to get the braid going again and have to start over. SO frustrating....

post #7 of 7
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Originally Posted by nihilill View Post
 

For me it is was practice, rinse repeat rinse repeat. Also might help to try an 8 strand braid, makes 4 seem much easier.

 

I found 8 wires lots easier than 4.

 

Use Kumihimo for 8 :)

4 wires can be done with Kumihimo but lot more complicated than doing it by hand but anything else, 8, 12, 16, 24, 32 etc use Kumihimo :)

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