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post #21 of 29
I just use a small screwdriver for a punch down tool now. At this point I've done it so many times it is easier. Also when I need to position the power connector just right I use an old HDD and stick the connector in and then punch down the wires. This is handy when you are going to put multiple connectors on one set of wires.
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post #22 of 29
I've found a four pin fan pin removal tool to be ideal for punching down wires into a SATA power connector. I just lay a wire on top of a slot in the connector, put the tool on top of the wire, then gently tap the wire with a hammer. Only punch down enough to barely bottom the wire in the slot to avoid damaging the connector.



The tool I use is the third one from the top in the above photo. I gently hold the connector in a small pair of vise grips to keep it from moving while punching down the wires.
     
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post #23 of 29
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I've found a four pin fan pin removal tool to be ideal for punching down wires into a SATA power connector. I just lay a wire on top of a slot in the connector, put the tool on top of the wire, then gently tap the wire with a hammer. Only punch down enough to barely bottom the wire in the slot to avoid damaging the connector.
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The tool I use is the third one from the top in the above photo. I gently hold the connector in a small pair of vise grips to keep it from moving while punching down the wires.
Hmm. I have one of those but never thought of using it. Probably would work pretty good.

The first few times I tried a variety of things, including a pci blank from a case (worked OK) but I have so many screwdrivers I found one that works pretty good.
I think with me it was more about technique than the actual tool used (and practice) .
When I was setting up the HDD cage with multiple drives it was very helpful to load a couple of old/shot HDD's to help line up the connectors before punching down the wires. I mean, you can use good drives but you just need to be careful like Lady Fitzgerald says and not hammer on the wires.
post #24 of 29
I just succeeded in bringing back a thread started 3 years ago biggrin.giftongue.gif

I'm thinking of grinding a nail that can fit into the inline SATA connector slot, into a "crescent" kind of shape that can hold onto the wires, then push the wire in.

Maybe can attach that to a networking punch down tool, so it is easier to punch down with the "impact tool".

BTW for the terminating piece, how do you normally connect the wires? Do you connect it normally like those in the middle, or insert the wire into the slot and only cut the wire with one "blade" of the connector?
post #25 of 29
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I've found a four pin fan pin removal tool to be ideal for punching down wires into a SATA power connector. I just lay a wire on top of a slot in the connector, put the tool on top of the wire, then gently tap the wire with a hammer. Only punch down enough to barely bottom the wire in the slot to avoid damaging the connector.



The tool I use is the third one from the top in the above photo. I gently hold the connector in a small pair of vise grips to keep it from moving while punching down the wires.
Lemme see...
The top one is an ATX pin removal tool, the second one is a generic one that can be used for DuPont connectors as well as fan connectors, the third one is for 4-pin fan pin removal, and the last is for round molex pins.

Where did you get it?
post #26 of 29
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I've found a four pin fan pin removal tool to be ideal for punching down wires into a SATA power connector. I just lay a wire on top of a slot in the connector, put the tool on top of the wire, then gently tap the wire with a hammer. Only punch down enough to barely bottom the wire in the slot to avoid damaging the connector.



The tool I use is the third one from the top in the above photo. I gently hold the connector in a small pair of vise grips to keep it from moving while punching down the wires.
Lemme see...
The top one is an ATX pin removal tool, the second one is a generic one that can be used for DuPont connectors as well as fan connectors, the third one is for 4-pin fan pin removal, and the last is for round molex pins.

Where did you get it?

Actually, the set I have is marketed by Sunbeam but is pretty much identical to the set pictured (I just found a picture on the internet to post here). I got mine from either Frozen CPU (which is now dead) or Performance-PCs. I've had it for a few years.
     
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post #27 of 29
Yup, I've ordered a mod/smart branded one from ppcs which looks identical biggrin.gif
post #28 of 29
I suspect most of them are made by the same Chinese company and are just rebranded. I broke my ATX pin tool a year ago (of course, I had to do it just before the holiday weekend) and ordered a couple of Mod/Smarts to replace it (I'm keeping a spare on hand from now on since that one is the easiest to break). There is no branding on the tool itself—only the packaging was branded—but it is identical to my Sunbeams.
Edited by Lady Fitzgerald - 5/28/15 at 11:22am
     
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post #29 of 29
I use the flat edge of a wooden alignment tool and it works just fine. Like this.

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