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post #1 of 10
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Straight to the point - For what reason does one not connect pins without using a plastic connector?

I do understand the stability issue behind the idea, being it very easy to knock a pin loose accidentally.
Would a piece of heatshrink over the connectors not suffice, or electrical tape?

Does (and if so how?) using this method effect conductivity of any sort?
If not, for what other reason is this not more commonly used ?

Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 10
id say main reason is safety so easy to short pins together when nothing is their to seperate them. But for wiring up fans and stuff i have cut tons of molex wires and used electric tape to wire them together.
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Originally Posted by Bal3Wolf View Post

id say main reason is safety so easy to short pins together when nothing is their to seperate them. But for wiring up fans and stuff i have cut tons of molex wires and used electric tape to wire them together.

For a Molex, you would be using either heatshrink/tape over each individual pin connection .....
Shorting the pins out would be due to two pairs of pin connections touching ?
post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by Sixx22 View Post

For a Molex, you would be using either heatshrink/tape over each individual pin connection .....
Shorting the pins out would be due to two pairs of pin connections touching ?

yea and i would worry if your using it for say atx or +12 that it could maybe melt the tape or shrinkwrap under heavy load and that stuff tearing or falling off would be another reason you dont see it used much.
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post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by Bal3Wolf View Post

yea and i would worry if your using it for say atx or +12 that it could maybe melt the tape or shrinkwrap under heavy load and that stuff tearing or falling off would be another reason you dont see it used much.

thanks for that mate.
appreciate it smile.gif
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by Sixx22 View Post

Straight to the point - For what reason does one not connect pins without using a plastic connector?
I do understand the stability issue behind the idea, being it very easy to knock a pin loose accidentally.
Would a piece of heatshrink over the connectors not suffice, or electrical tape?
Does (and if so how?) using this method effect conductivity of any sort?
If not, for what other reason is this not more commonly used ?
Thanks in advance.

Its been said already, however I do want to thank you for your out of the box thinking. Ideas like this are the ones that lead to some awesome mods. Keep it up.
post #7 of 10
AFAIK, heatshrink is rubber(well it feels so) and I have used it on soldered wired and there has been no melting.

In fact, I had a damaged wire on a sewing machine, so I cut the power cord and then added my own wire to extend the powercord length. I joined the wires and covered them with heatshrink. The machine has been in use for quite a while after that and there has been no shorting at all. Remember thats AC power, and no issues, so DC should be ok as well.

[If you don't wanna hear about my Machine repair] It works using heatshrink. Just be careful the wires don't slip out. thumb.gif
post #8 of 10
Part of the purpose of a connector is to provide a secure mount with alignment between the pins. Just sticking pins onto a board header sounds like a recipe for disaster to me. But yeah, if you're going to patch something external I don't see a problem with just heat shrinking a wire join or something similar or for dealing with double wires for a psu. But actually just sticking pins into a housing? I have way too much money in my rigs to risk catastrophic failure.

Or maybe I'm totally misunderstanding the intent here.
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Originally Posted by mandrix View Post

Part of the purpose of a connector is to provide a secure mount with alignment between the pins. Just sticking pins onto a board header sounds like a recipe for disaster to me. But yeah, if you're going to patch something external I don't see a problem with just heat shrinking a wire join or something similar or for dealing with double wires for a psu. But actually just sticking pins into a housing? I have way too much money in my rigs to risk catastrophic failure.
Or maybe I'm totally misunderstanding the intent here.
Yeah look, I totally agree with you.
and to be quite honest I'm on the same page as far as pins straight into the board. I don't think it would look nice at all, more be worth the risk

My general idea behind it was to apply it for the cable management at the back, reducing the amount of plastic connectors, giving a more 'tidy' look... Just having one big 'sleeve->sleeve' as oppose to having 'sleeve->BIG ASS CONNECTOR->sleeve' just aesthetics really...
post #10 of 10
Have to worry about surges to when i got my 5970+5870 after running it a few hrs my pc powered off and my atx connector was melted and the motherboards connector was brown psu still worked but i replaced it waset a cheap psu either was a seasonic.
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