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T-Rex

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I have assembled a couple of Eggtimers and was looking for wire to hook them up.
Most IT professionals have access to scrap network cable and say it works very well. I unfortunately do not have access to scraps of cable in an appropriate size.

Found this on e(vil)bay, https://www.ebay.com/itm/Lot-of-5-5...WG-Stranded-4-pair-350MHz-Black/121977874058? .

25ft of stranded networking cable for $4.99 delivered. Received my package today. Cut one of the connectors off and verified that yes it is stranded.

Thought I would pass it along.....
 

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Several years ago I acquired a roll, or spool if ya will, of network cable. Liberated it before it went in the dumpster. I just went and cut a small piece to verify - it's solid wire :-(. Thought maybe I could help ya out, but I doubt you want any.

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Perks of being on a FIRST robotics team... I get TONS of ethernet cables that don't work anymore. 9 times out of 10 it's just the end of the wires that have frayed. As long as I check the resistance they work just fine.
 

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Ethernet cables with the broken connector so it can't lock in place work well. Most cables people carry around are stranded for the flexibility / durability. Go stranded like you did for electronics wiring in the ebays.

I bought a roll of solid CAT-5 on ebay cheap (copper plated) for igniters, but now I use zip wire. Solid is meant to be run in a building once and never move - so breaking / flexibility isn't a concern. Solid is better for igniters so the wire doesn't bend trying to push it through the nozzle or double back if it hangs up on a core and bends.
 

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If you can get teflon-jacketed stranded wire, that's the best. That's why the Doghouse wiring is so nice... it can handle soldering without the jacket melting. PVC, not so much.
 

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If you can get teflon-jacketed stranded wire, that's the best.
I've got partial spools of it - Teflon insulated, bazillion silver plated strands, surplus industry and milspec stuff carried on and off by places such as these:

https://www.allelectronics.com/category/825/wire/cable/1.html

https://www.alltronics.com/cgi-bin/category/250

My source for high quality but very inexpensive switches which, unlike those from most other sources of cheap switches I've bought, are made of plastics surrounding their terminals which don't easily melt at soldering temps:

https://www.mpja.com/Switches-Electronic/departments/117/
 

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I've got partial spools of it - Teflon insulated, bazillion silver plated strands, surplus industry and milspec stuff carried on and off by places such as these:

https://www.allelectronics.com/category/825/wire/cable/1.html

https://www.alltronics.com/cgi-bin/category/250

My source for high quality but very inexpensive switches which, unlike those from most other sources of cheap switches I've bought, are made of plastics surrounding their terminals which don't easily melt at soldering temps:

https://www.mpja.com/Switches-Electronic/departments/117/
Thank you for sharing!
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Thank you for sharing!
One of the things that is great about this community is the assistance and sharing of sources/ideas!
This is exactly what I have (also a partial spool with brown insulation) that was sold by All Electronics by the foot until they ran out, possibly where this seller got his, too. 19 silver plated 36 awg strands. The same seller has different lengths and gauges for sale:

Teflon Mil Spec wire 24 Awg Gauge Stranded 19/36 25 FT silver plated

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Teflon-Mil...anded-19-36-25-FT-silver-plated-/272502631313
 

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This is exactly what I have (also a partial spool with brown insulation) that was sold by All Electronics by the foot until they ran out, possibly where this seller got his, too. 19 silver plated 36 awg strands. The same seller has different lengths and gauges for sale:

Teflon Mil Spec wire 24 Awg Gauge Stranded 19/36 25 FT silver plated

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Teflon-Mil...anded-19-36-25-FT-silver-plated-/272502631313
Come to think of it, since Teflon wire can be a pain to strip, if you don't have a thermal stripper which most people don't, you'd be better off with this if you want Teflon insulation:

Teflon Mil Spec wire 24 Awg Gauge Stranded 7/32 25 FT silver plated

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Teflon-Mil...randed-7-32-25-FT-silver-plated-/282307591696
 
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