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Jun 17, 2012 at 12:15 AM Post #9,541 of 16,043

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I wondered about that too. My guess is he used a pair of long nose pliers and crimped the heat shrink down while it was hot. Very nice job indeed.

 
That's pretty much how I've done my Y-splits, except that I use a small spring clamp designed as a heat sink when soldering transistors.
It's the simples/best way I know of and works great.
 
Jun 17, 2012 at 11:29 AM Post #9,543 of 16,043

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Hi folks, need some help.
 
While working on a cable, I put in too much solder, and some of them is crossing the ground with the left channel.  Is there anyway to clean it up?  I tried soldering it away, but it's too fine a space, and I just couldn't get the last little bit out.
 
Thanks.
 
Jun 17, 2012 at 11:39 AM Post #9,544 of 16,043

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Do you have a solder sucker or soldering braid? If not, you're probably stuck until you get both.
 
They're more or less mandatory for cable making, because nobody's perfect.
 
To use a solder sucker, push its plunger, heat the joint with the iron, and while the solder is soft bring the sucker's tip right up to the blob and press its button. It'll draw up and harden the solder simultaneously, so you can eject the solder slug and try again.
 
To use the soldering braid, put the braid on top of the joint, press down with the iron, and then lift the braid and iron simultaneously (removing the iron first will usually cause the braid to stick to the joint). This helps clean up the remaining excess.
 
Jun 17, 2012 at 1:35 PM Post #9,545 of 16,043

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My lawton audio pads for my DIY recabled denons arrived a while back so I thought I'd post a picture of the finished product :D
 

 
Jun 17, 2012 at 4:14 PM Post #9,546 of 16,043

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My lawton audio pads for my DIY recabled denons arrived a while back so I thought I'd post a picture of the finished product :D
 

Beatiful! Love those wood cups, and great work on the cable. Bet they sound awesome.
 
Jun 17, 2012 at 9:11 PM Post #9,547 of 16,043

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Thanks, I guess I will get the sucker and the braid.
 
Jun 17, 2012 at 10:32 PM Post #9,548 of 16,043

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Hi folks, need some help.
 
While working on a cable, I put in too much solder, and some of them is crossing the ground with the left channel.  Is there anyway to clean it up?  I tried soldering it away, but it's too fine a space, and I just couldn't get the last little bit out.
 
Thanks.

 
You can always use a finely stranded wire as a makeshift wick. Uncurl the strands to create some space inside the wire. This is what wick is, after all.
 
What I do is either blow on it while it's melted (try not to burn your lips off). If that doesn't work, I swing the cable down while the solder if liquid. Gravity does the rest.
 
I've been doing DIY electronics for years, and I never used a desoldering wick or pump. *knocks on wood*
 
Jun 18, 2012 at 8:20 AM Post #9,550 of 16,043

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For sheathing does it have to be cotton.. have been looking on ebay and seen a few boot lace / draw string cord but pretty sure its not cotton
 
Jun 18, 2012 at 11:48 AM Post #9,551 of 16,043

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No, you can use a wide range of sheathing materials. Many people use paracord which is usually nylon. 
 
Jun 18, 2012 at 12:16 PM Post #9,552 of 16,043

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No, you can use a wide range of sheathing materials. Many people use paracord which is usually nylon. 

Thanks.. is there a particular imperial size 1/8 or 1/16 that suits 22 or 24 AWG polyethylene insulated copper.. inches is latin for me
 
Jun 18, 2012 at 4:42 PM Post #9,553 of 16,043

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Thanks, it's Toxic Cables 24AWG UP-OCC (stranded copper) which I then braided in in a round braid.
 
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Pure-Stranded-UP-OCC-Cyro-Treated-7N-Copper-Wire-per-ft-/110890284514?pt=UK_Sound_Vision_Other&hash=item19d19375e2
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These where the "translucid" cables I was talking abou.
What kind of cable do you use? how do you make this?
 
It looks really great!

 
Jun 19, 2012 at 5:22 PM Post #9,555 of 16,043

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If solid core, it might be a bit stiff, but otherwise, that shuold be fine. 
 

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