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Guides Cable Sleeving: An Introduction to the Tools and Materials

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  1. bit-tech

    bit-tech Supreme Overlord Lover of bit-tech Administrator

    12 Mar 2001
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  2. Mr_Mistoffelees

    Mr_Mistoffelees The Bit-Tech Cat.

    26 Aug 2014
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    Earlier this year, when I got my Fractal Design Define R5 I, for the first time since I started self-building in 2003, actually put some effort into installing the cables tidily using the back-plate holes and ties provided. Going so far as to start sleeving the cables, this side of 2030, would be a step too far.
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  3. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun. Lover of bit-tech

    5 Dec 2011
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    Having a quick look at some sleeving on e22, it has it sized as 4mm, seems rather large given the 18awg they sell is barely over 1mm. Or is it that when tensioned over the wire it thins down?
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  4. Chris_Waddle

    Chris_Waddle Loving my new digital pinball machine

    26 Mar 2009
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    To be honest, I take the easy option now and buy pre-sleeved cables. Before these were available I used to do this a lot. The sleeving part was fine (although I used a hair dryer to heat up the shrink and later the heat gun I use for plastic tube bending); I always hated (with passion) trying to remove the pins from the power blocks. I lost count of the amount of the 2 prong tools I broke trying to get the wires to release.

    I appreciate that you can get a far more customised version doing this yourself, but this was one part of modding that I never enjoyed - I did get a great feeling of satisfaction though when it was all done though - but not enough to make me want to do it again.

    I only use the tools now for changing the white fittings that still come on some items (such as molex) to black ones to match with the rest of the cables.
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