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In Reply to: RE: Just gotta take my time and it will alll go well... posted by Duster on January 27, 2021 at 07:49:03
That's a great piece of wisdom Duster. Better be thorough, as deformed/melted plastic will definitely ruin everyone's day.
I haven't made any IC's with those plastic RCA jacks but will surely keep that in mind. Thanks.
I have, in the past, made IC's using some Alpha Goertz cables that also have rectangular conductors (but in Ag instead of Cu). I don't recall those being too difficult to strip when being careful, but those cables don't have the multiple insulators/shields/etc. as the one Ivan303 will use.
The copper braid is pretty substantial and covers a copper foil. The colored insulation is easy to strip but the Teflon coating on the rectangular solid copper is very thin and nearly clear so it's hard to remove without damaging the copper wire or to even know if you have removed all of it successfully.
I'll be attaching the copper braid to the ground at one end only and with eight cables to make, be spending a lot of time on this project.
And no, ya ain't gonna get to see any pictures of Ivan's workmanship. Feel free to use your imagination. :-)
A case cutter razor blade is my usual tool for terminations, that and heavy-duty PTFE plumbers tape, with Teflon tape being the 'duct tape' of cable building. You work with the dielectric as much as conductors, since the insulation allows a cable to function. Strain relief is the most artful aspect, with special methods that need to be developed over the course of time.
I'm designing a special interconnect cable/power cord combo, with a need to advance my termination approach with specific tools for particular tasks, so each build follows the same protocol without pondering what to do next. A bit like an assembly line, but more like arts and crafts, with electrical knowledge and insights. It never gets boring, it's always a challenge, Rocket_Powered.
An interconnect and power combo eh? Sounds interesting, can't say I've seen one of those before. I'm guessing a multi-conductor cable. But if so, would you require separate shields for the IC and power conductors?
My idea of of such would be a pair of IC's wrapped with some spacer material to a power cord with cable wrap :).
Challenges keeps the mind sharp! Keep trucking!
Actually, I mean a set of interconnect cables along with a particular power cord to mate them with, which are designed to provide a certain kind of synergy when they are placed together within the signal chain.
It's a novel concept I've not come across. That's all I can share about it for now; sometimes got to keep some matters discreet/undisclosed in the forum.
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