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Old 03-11-2008, 08:36 AM
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I have a bench crimper. Does far better than a hammer and punch. But I have no 80 nor 100 so I guess that leaves me out!


This week is jammed, but if you swing by next week (late-ish in the week) I should have time. To finish you should use meltable liner, and heatshrink over that.
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All smaller gauge wiring I do is soldered and heat shrank. High amp load wiring should be swagged. This is an old argument.....Google is your friend!
Just FWIW, most codes (MIL-STD, UL, NEC, etc.) don't allow the use of solder only without crimp unless you add mechanical support, like a cable clamp, terminal wrap or connector back shells. Most flight hardware relies on crimped connections, no soldering. So I suppose good enough for satellites, good enough for old white Toyotas. Still, I prefer to solder as well, since here on Earth we have an atmosphere (and mag chloride!) and corrosion resistance is important. If you really want to be bored, read NASA-STD-8739.3 (soldered) and NASA-STD-8739.4 (crimped interconnects) on how interconnects must be made for flight systems. Snooze. The old question of swaging verses dimple crimps, both achieve similar goals and one may or may not be preferred over the other. Swaging is generally better because it's more uniform, but some lugs are designed for an indention crimp and that might be the right method. Sorry for the brain dump, feel free to ignore if you want.
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I have a bench crimper. Does far better than a hammer and punch. But I have no 80 nor 100 so I guess that leaves me out!
Hate it when your bench gets crimped! Great quote!


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To finish you should use meltable liner, and heatshrink over that.
100% agreement!!
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FWIW, my bench crimper is hammer driven and not swage. WFLLT
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Thanks, Guys!

Jeff - Yes, I shuffle way too much through my brain -- doesn't seem to hold as well as it used to.

Matt - I'll stop by (again -- see comment above), and chat them up. Probably the easiest solution to schedule. I'll be passing by tomorrow on the way to the CM meeting.

Dave - Now you're telling me I need to learn to weld & get a welding rig so I can wire up my LX.

Bill - Thanks for the offer. My schedule from here to CM is pretty crazy. If I can't get to it before CM, I'll see if we can coordinate some time.

Kevin - Yup, got the triple-wall stuff.
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Dave - Now you're telling me I need to learn to weld & get a welding rig so I can wire up my LX.
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BTW, you can make your own die-style swaging crimper using a set of bolt cutters and an old 6 point socket. Cut the socket in half long-wise and weld it to the jaws of the bolt cutters.




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Jeff - Yes, I shuffle way too much through my brain -- doesn't seem to hold as well as it used to.


Well if you want to borrow the swager let me know. Chances I'll get around to using it between now and CM08 for what I want to do are slim to nill .

I'd bet West Marine would let you use their stuff no questions asked . Pretty nice guys despite the overpriced parts. When I was there last time I inquired about the possibility of them offering the club a discount which the guy quickly dismissed...Chris seems to have an in with them though
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