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okay ive been wanting to sleeve a fully modular psu for quiet a while now, and ive been wondering if its a good idea to use paracord, people say its a good alternative and much cheaper, but im wondering if it will age well, since i don't plan on re sleeving every 2-3 years. I also dont really plan on spending a lot on other sleeving things like mdpc-x or flexo tech PET stuff because its seems to expensive for my budget.

im also wondering if i should spend the extra amount of money for pre cut mdpc heatshrink or buy some by the metre off ebay.
if any one knows where i can buy good heatshrink in australia itd be great, and if its pre cut, i would like to know how much i would need, 250+ ? smile.gifthumb.gif

-thetz
Edited by Thetz - 7/19/12 at 6:09am
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post #2 of 15
I've not used paracord for anywhere long enough to know whether the colours fade over time. I do have some extensions that must be 2-3 years old and are sleeved in material that might be paracord that don't appear to have faded.

Although pre-cut heatshrink saves masses of time in cutting your own (and in my case is a lot neater) the 15mm lengths from MDPC-X aren't really ideal for sleeving paracord which needs about 20mm to grip and hold it well. You could save a bit of money by doing heatshrinkless paracord sleeving.
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yeah ive heard about the heatshrinkless sleeving, i might go with that, because then i dont have to worry about making the heatshrink looking neat, but if i make a mistake is it easy to strip the paracord off or does it melt completely into the wire?
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I used paracord and I used 0 heatshrink. You melt the paracord onto the ends of the tabs. It looks legit!
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The one thing I really hated about paracord is the snags, especially with getting it over the pins. I had to tape off one side of every cable so it didnt snag as you are pushing it over the wire. It's not horrible stuff in my opinion, but its harder to work with and not as nice as something like MDPC-X, but its also cheaper than air.
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Paracord is nice, I just put some masking tape on the edge and it helps with the snags, because it will
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okay im going with paracord, since its like 80 times cheaper thumbsupsmiley.png. is 550 7 Core Strand stuff the right stuff, its like 4-5mm isnt it? ive heard there is thinner but im not sure if they are hollow to allow cables to go through.
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post #8 of 15
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okay im going with paracord, since its like 80 times cheaper thumbsupsmiley.png. is 550 7 Core Strand stuff the right stuff, its like 4-5mm isnt it? ive heard there is thinner but im not sure if they are hollow to allow cables to go through.

450 or 550 will work just fine both will be hollow once the strands are removed, although its easier to find 550 typically. A good supplier is rothco off of amazon.com.
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Double Poast Toast.
post #10 of 15
I've ordered black paracord off ebay a few times from flockdeals and they ship pretty fast, quality seems good, shipping is free. Amazing how much paracord it takes to sleeve fan and front panel cables in 2 pc's. There's actually a lot of places that sell paracord out there in cyberland.
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