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Here's a nice set of DIY project tools on sale for little cash outlay. Add a 40 watt pencil soldering iron with silver-content solder, a set of small needle nose pliers, a box of single-edge razor blades, and you're good-to-go for a proper set-up for both audio signal cable and AC power cord DIY builds. I also recommend a roll of heavy-duty PTFE tape, and 3M Nexcare perforated polyethylene film medical tape with low-mass adhesive backing as a mechanical termination accessory; not for use as electrical tape for AC wire insulation purposes.
You left out the most important tool of all.... :)
Note: I was under the impression that the tester was capable of continuity testing, but it does not feature a battery as expected. The device simply indicates the tested voltage (110/220/380) and nothing else.
There are simple battery-powered continuity testers that do look similar to the device (see image). Otherwise, a multi-tester with a battery is a must-have when building AC power cords.
To these I would add heat shrink in various diameters and a hot air gun to shrink the tubing. For the deluxe approach, a soldering station with temperature control beats the heck out of an unregulated solder iron.
I agree, Lew. I should have included heat shrink in various diameters and a hot air gun to shrink the tubing, but I hardly ever use heat shrink tubing. I tend to prefer a cleaner look without heat shrink, unless heat shrink tubing is used as a connector insulator, such for spade connectors that might come in physical contact, or for other special situations that a robust heat shrink is the best option for the task, such as heavy-duty strain relief purposes. Perhaps the main reason is that I often re-terminate cables, so I don't wish to add anything that is unnecessary which may complicate a re-termination project for personal use. I find PTFE tape or Polyethylene film tape tend to be adequate cable outer diameter build-up materials rather than heat shrink. I think the primary benefit is when used as heavy-duty strain relief, of which a cable manufacturer or seller may rely on to avoid customer returns based on abuse or catastrophic events.
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