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I want to do custom wiring in my case so things are clean and no wires are longer than they need to be, but I can't find 26 AWG wire any where. I've found 18 AWG, which is what most of the power connectors use, but the fan wiring is 26 AWG.

I'd prefer something that is a large chain store in North America (I'm in Canada, but will travel to Detroit area), such as Lowe's or Home Depot, but can't find it at those places. I can't even find electronics stores that carry anything smaller than 20 AWG.

Any help in finding 26 AWG wiring would be much appreciated. Rather not have to order it, since it's such a small order, but if there is a reliable place, I'm willing to look at that.

I thought it would be easy to find, but it's been mission impossible so far.
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post #2 of 15
lol it should be in all those places just a simple google found tons of places sold it online. You could have a store order it to i bet just need to ask a local store.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=26+AWG+wire#q=26+AWG+wire&hl=en&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=shop&ei=CWaOTtf7L4XosQLz35mSAQ&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=6&ved=0CFsQ_AUoBQ&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=c5d020af4945a013&biw=1923&bih=978
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Just use bigger wire? I wouldn't trust 26 awg wire personally if you're planning on extending the wiring anyway. If you make the wire longer, then you need to make it thicker too. wink.gif
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post #5 of 15
If you have a spare cat 5 cable laying around, just cut back the outer sheath and inside you'll find 4 pairs of 24-26 awg wires. Whenever I have to make a longer run for a fan, this is what I use. I always have network cables laying around.
post #6 of 15
you could also check hobby shops in your area, but as one member stated.... for a longer run, you may want to consider 22-24 awg
hope that helps

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Originally Posted by Bear907;15214253 
If you have a spare cat 5 cable laying around, just cut back the outer sheath and inside you'll find 4 pairs of 24-26 awg wires. Whenever I have to make a longer run for a fan, this is what I use. I always have network cables laying around.

I got a crap load of that lying around. Might try that. Don't need a crazy amount, just want don't want a bunch of extra wiring in the case.
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post #8 of 15
definitely radioshack or you can go any auto store too. But radioshack, lowes, autozone, places like that you would find that. Or if you want an online location, ebay is pretty good regardless of what people say about it you can find a real low price [typically per foot so read closely]. Amazon also sells wires too.

EDIT: Be sure to get about the same size wire that the wire(s) that you are extending because you dont want to stress it too much. Honestly, it does not matter if you increase the length by 2 inches or 10 feet, you really do not need to increase the gauge of the wire just because of the extra length. I work on electronics in cars and even extending a thin wire like a 20 gauge going from the front of a car to the back of a car would not make a difference even if you used 4 Gauge extension. The thickness of the wire is dependent on how much electricity you need running through it but if you're just going to extend wires within your computer case, just keep it the same size as the wires you are extending and you will be fine.

Hope that helps you
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I've tried Radio Shack, but useless. Although each location is different. Perhaps if I find a bigger one. It's the first place I thought to go to. I'll give it a shot on Monday.
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I couldn't find any wire when I searched locally (Australia, VIC) either, so I ended up purchasing some from bulkwire.com. Their prices seemed fair to me, you also have the choice of 10 different colours! There's a picture in my work log. Good luck with it all smile.gif
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