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post #1 of 11
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Okay, I need help. Tips, hints, whatever...
Earlier tonight, I took my first step into self-rounding my cables by testing on an old IDE cable. I took the lead from archer_456's stickied guide and went from there. I moved slowly, at what I thought was a careful pace, and took about 30-40 minutes to do the whole cable.

But, upon final strand completion and going back to check my handiwork, I found that about 1/3rd of all the wires had copper peaking out (if not completely exposed) -- and 95% of the time, it was showing through where I made my scoring lines to then pull/strip them apart.


So, I need tips, hints, whatever you can give me so that when I (a) next practice, and more importantly (b) actually go to do this to my in-use cables... I don't F them up.
post #2 of 11
They are cheap to buy. Get a bundle of 5 for like $12.

Anywho, just take your time and make sure the cable is straight before hand. You might be cutting in a straight line, but if the cable isn't sitting straight, it won't matter.
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To to these with sleeving this is what I think you need to do... may be wrong as I just went out and ebayed mine instead of wasting my time .

Take the IDE cable and split all the wires apart between the actual IDE connectors so its a ton of separate wires that all go to the plastic connectors. Like a 24 pin connector basically. Then you turn the plastic connector so its parallel to the wires and you should be able to slip your sleeving over top of the connector and all the wires. Then you push the sleeving more to the other end so that you can get it all the way over the plastic connector.

Then with some electrical tape (same color as sleeving is best) take the ends down and it'll look sick.
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post #4 of 11
When I did mine,following archers guide I didn't split the whole cable with a cut
I simply put a small cut to get them started and then "pulled" it apart look here like this...let me start one... brb
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Well not too bad here ya goadd one more for the finished product
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Yah thats what I was talking about, but I didn't want to get an extra IDE cable and knife so i just typed it out .

I would have split my wires more if I did it just because if the wires are in too thick of bundles (like having still 5 wires or something together, you wont get that nice round effect once sleeved, it can almost look jagged or something can't think of the word. I guess it all depends on how picky you are and how much work you want to do. Just don't cut the IDE the whole way down, just a but and split with your hand like he showed you in the pics. Don't wana cut one of thoes wires without you knowing, that'll be a ***** of a problem to find later on
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Ooooh, pictures are helpful!

Yeah, I followed archer's guide too, but was "testing" on a 40-wire IDE cable (I guess it's a.k.a. udma-66 -- extra wires for the extra bandwidth speed) rather than an older 20-wire regular IDE cable... and maybe I was just cutting too long, and nicked into the wires??
I dunno, but I totally appreciate all the help and pictures. At least now I know it can be done, dotcomthese, I just need to be a little more careful I guess!
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Just don't cut the IDE the whole way down, just a but and split with your hand like he showed you in the pics. Don't wana cut one of thoes wires without you knowing, that'll be a ***** of a problem to find later on
No DOUBT it would! I didn't think I was cutting too long (maybe 1/2 inch alltogether?), but I can always trim shorter just to be safe.

And yeah, it's breathable sleeving, so it's not going to be "perfectly round". Then again, I dont' want it to be. I want it to have my touch! And since it's 2 wires for every pin, I'm going to try and pull the wires apart 4 at a time (still bundled together for every two pins). That'll be good enough for me, if I can get it to work!


Another Question:
Can a floppy cable be modded in this manner? Or would that be a bad idea?
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*bump*
Just looking for further input from other members of the community on self-rounding my cables.
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Ooooh, pictures are helpful!

Yeah, I followed archer's guide too, but was "testing" on a 40-wire IDE cable (I guess it's a.k.a. udma-66 -- extra wires for the extra bandwidth speed) rather than an older 20-wire regular IDE cable... and maybe I was just cutting too long, and nicked into the wires??
I dunno, but I totally appreciate all the help and pictures. At least now I know it can be done, dotcomthese, I just need to be a little more careful I guess!
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