Braiding... A quick Photo Tutorial.

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  1. Slamdog

    Slamdog Un-Banned!

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    Seeing as we have a lot of braiding questions I put this together

    Before you start, make sure your heatshrink will (a) fit over the cables and (b) not be more than 2x the diameter of what your bundle size is. Heatshrink normally has a shrink ratio of 2:1 so 12mm hs will shrink to 6mm, 25mm to 12.5mm etc. In this tutorial I am using 9mm luminous heatshrink but that is because that is what I like... even though it costs a fortune!

    The braid itself will expand a lot, but dont use the 3mm braid on a 20mm bundle beacuse (a) you will use a lot of braid and (b) it will be thinly spread, allowing the cables to show through. Much better to use a bigger size of braid. I am using the smallest size braid on this bundle because it was a scrap bit i had lying around! The cable is 4 lengths of 20swg cable with a molex on the end...

    lets go to the piccies.....

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    First get your bits together... here we have 2 bits of heatshrink, a length of braid and a bit of wire.

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    Slide on one bit of heatshrink, then feed the wires into the braid.

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    Push the braid along until it is in position.

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    Slide the heatshrink over the braid, add the other bit of heatshrink, making sure that all the whiskers of braid are under the heatshrink. I like to have the heatshrink cover the braid by .5 to .75 of its length, to give a bit of flex and to prevent the braid popping out from under the heatshrink.

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    Finally, the good old heat gun treatment! i use that gun on low setting and hold it about 3 inches away when using the standard nozzle. If you hold the gun too close it will melt the braid, the wire insulation and even the heatshrink!

    hope this helps someone! time taken for this tutorial was 10 mins. It will take you a bit longer if it is your first foray into braiding, but take your time and you will get good results.
     
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    Fireblade Mental Modder[ator]!!

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    An excellent article/'How to' that Slamdog... thanks for yout time and effort in putting it together ;)
     
  3. Firelord

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    Nice one slamdog :) good guide :)
     
  4. Graham

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    Even better if the last slide wasn't upside down !

    :p
     
  5. .:JL:.

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    :eek: Very Helpfull :D :D

    Nice one Slamdog.

    .:JL:.

    Thanks
     
  6. neil.h

    neil.h Registered Trader

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    good guide that......but what about a guide for the Irish people :p ........they'll need to know how to do the whole length of wire :p :p
     
  7. nightlurker

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    Nice one Slam. :cool:

    Mods, Don't you think this deserves a sticky? As Slam says, a lot of people have asked for advice on this subject/problem. :)
     
  8. Slamdog

    Slamdog Un-Banned!

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    the last slide was upside down cos that was how i held the digicam whilst holding the heatgun!

    if mods want it sticky then fine by me. glad it helps ppl.
     
  9. Cybertronic

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    Is there a way of braiding the SATA power connectors without cutting them off? :(
     
  10. abe

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    SATA Connectors can be taken off easily,

    If you turn one over you will see where the contacts are made, I use an unbent paper clip here to lift the plastic grip up and release the pin.

    Sorry if it doesnt make too much sense - if you want i'll get some photos of what I mean later :)
     
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    [​IMG]

    If you are talking about this version of the SATA power connectors, photos would be great please! :D
     
  12. abe

    abe Super Kustomer

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    Sure, Camera's on charge and i'll go find a paperclip right now :rolleyes:

    Won't be long!
     
  13. Cybertronic

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    /waits in anticipation :eek:
     
  14. abe

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    As promised, Sorry for the image quality (camera doesnt like very short range) and I couldnt see a Paperclip so thats a Kitchen Knife (don't try this at home guys!!)

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    Slide the tool under the plastic and lift it slightly - only slightly so you don't snap it off! and the cable and connector will slide out with help.

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    To reconnect the cables, push the plastic back in and slide the cable and connector in - that will hold it securely.

    Just remember the order they came out in before you start - including the two black ones :)

    Hope this is of some help
     
  15. jsnemesis

    jsnemesis Super Kustomer

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    A very swift advert for something in those pics, I'm sure..just don't know what it is???

    JS
     
  16. abe

    abe Super Kustomer

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    Ok I promise that wasn't deliberate, it's a glass table and you have to have something underneath or you get some very strange results and that was the only paper to hand!

    *Although* Signup for ALP3 - 18th July, Ayr ;)

    http://www.glasgowlanparty.co.uk/event_alp.php
     
  17. jsnemesis

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    lol...everyone in the area sign up-guaranteed to be a great day!

    JS
     
  18. Cybertronic

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    My Antec SATA power connectors are different from yours Abe :(

    Pictures below, taken with my mobile sorry! :eek:

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    Does anyone know how to braid this type of connector? :(
     
  19. Kynoch

    Kynoch Locked and Loaded

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    Side cutters and a soldering iron. :)
     
  20. Slamdog

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    take the molex off the other end?