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I had a tip that I thought I would share.

My wife really likes to sew, to the point that I built her a sewing table. She has all sorts of sewing "accessories", and I found a few that really helped me cut heatshrink nice and straight and the same size every time.

I don't have images of the process, but I can outline it for you.

I laid the heatshrink on her cutting mat:

mat.jpg
(this isn't the one she owns, but it's a suitable replacement if all you're going to do is cut heatshrink and non-paracord sleeving, though it might work for paracord too)

Making sure to line up the end of the heatshrink on one of the lines that are present.

Next I laid one of her fabric rulers over the top, again lining it up.

ruler.jpg

The fabric ruler that I used was small (both like the one pictured, and the one linked to), and had markings every 1/8", which was handy. I put the line I wanted to cut to on the same line that my heatshrink was aligned to.

Next I took her rotary cutter and just ran it along the edge of the ruler.

cutter.jpg

Straight cut every time.

(images are Amazon links to said items)

Maybe this method isn't for everyone, and it's a lot to spend just for this purpose; but if you have a wife/girlfriend (or yourself) who likes to sew and has these items, I highly recommend it.

Though if you are borrowing someone else's items like this, do them a favor and go to your local fabric/craft supply shop (Michael's, Joann's, etc) and pick up some spare blades for the rotary cutter. No sense possibly dulling their blades. And be careful...these things are SHARP. My wife dropped her rotary cutter (with a blade she said was dull) on her foot and sliced it wide open...nearly to the bone...from a drop of maybe 3 feet.
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^^Good tips, Liquidzoo.
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Can someone of you tell me the diameter of paracord please? I've found a webstore that sells similar cord stuff with different diameters basically from 1 to 18mm. I thought that maybe 2 or 3mm would be the right size?

Another question: what's brighter -> white paracord or white mdpc sleeve?
post #6324 of 14329
Paracord (450 and 550) is about 1/8" diameter. That translates to 3.175 mm.

I can't answer your second question, though. I've only dealt with Paracord, and never used white.
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Can someone of you tell me the diameter of paracord please? I've found a webstore that sells similar cord stuff with different diameters basically from 1 to 18mm. I thought that maybe 2 or 3mm would be the right size?
Another question: what's brighter -> white paracord or white mdpc sleeve?

Depends on what you want. The mdpc will have some shine to it, while the paracord will have a matte finish. Also, the paracord will cover 100%, while the mdpc, while very good, will have some minor bleed through of color from the wire.
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can some one tell me how well this tool kit works it the Lamptron Case Modding tool kit
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I find them to be really fragile...they have a tendency to break or bend after just a few pins. I use the original molex tool and it works great thumb.gif
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ok cool so what about these two?
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I have tried many different tools and there is nothing better then mdpc. It looks like ftwpc sells the same one. Dont waste time or money on anything else because you will just be disappointed
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Hartk1213 View Post

thanks Lutro0...hope all is well and hope u have a speedy recovery

Thanks buddy!
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Originally Posted by adi518 View Post

Damn it, I need a new project and this time sleeve stuff myself biggrin.gif
Once you go MdPc you don't go back biggrin.gif

Yup, and the reason is that that's all Nils does is sleeving, so his products and specialized in that field.
Quote:
Originally Posted by liquidzoo View Post

I had a tip that I thought I would share.
My wife really likes to sew, to the point that I built her a sewing table. She has all sorts of sewing "accessories", and I found a few that really helped me cut heatshrink nice and straight and the same size every time.
I don't have images of the process, but I can outline it for you.
I laid the heatshrink on her cutting mat:
-snip-
Maybe this method isn't for everyone, and it's a lot to spend just for this purpose; but if you have a wife/girlfriend (or yourself) who likes to sew and has these items, I highly recommend it.
Though if you are borrowing someone else's items like this, do them a favor and go to your local fabric/craft supply shop (Michael's, Joann's, etc) and pick up some spare blades for the rotary cutter. No sense possibly dulling their blades. And be careful...these things are SHARP. My wife dropped her rotary cutter (with a blade she said was dull) on her foot and sliced it wide open...nearly to the bone...from a drop of maybe 3 feet.

You can find some self healing ones on amazon as wel that work awesome with an exacto knife, but I like the roller option.
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Can someone of you tell me the diameter of paracord please? I've found a webstore that sells similar cord stuff with different diameters basically from 1 to 18mm. I thought that maybe 2 or 3mm would be the right size?
Another question: what's brighter -> white paracord or white mdpc sleeve?

While the U.S. military has no overall diameter requirements in its specifications, in the field 550 cord typically measures 5/32" (4mm) in diameter.
But here is the deal, sometimes the 450 is the same diameter or its a little smaller, and vice versa. it all depends on who makes it, which is hard to determind as the difference between 450 and 550 is the ammount of cords on the inside. Although most of the time its doesnt make a difference, but if you use heatshrink you will want to find the smaller diameter cord. Most of the time if you ask your seller they should know. DO NOT listen to those who say its all the same as that is NOT true.
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Originally Posted by Hartk1213 View Post

can some one tell me how well -snip-

Not worth it, Use the orginal Molex tool. The 4pin Molex tool may work just fine.
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Originally Posted by Hartk1213 View Post

ok cool so what about these two?
-snip-

Also not worth it, I have tried just about every single ones of these or have had people give me the results from numerous people thinking its a better deal to get ones of these cheap multi tool kits and then ending up hurting their fingers ripping cables out mangling their fingers and the molex plug and NOTHING works better then the original molex tool and any of the 4 pin molex pin removers.

The reason the atx clips from the small pins makes such a difference is all psu makers use their own pins or source them from someone other then molex to save money or such, so you need a sturdy tool that will take a little pushing, But you dont need to push too hard, and most of those cruddy tools are not deep enough or too deep so people crush them inside it. Ontop of that some of the non OEM pins that they use dig into the plastic so you need to push the cable forward first then insert the tool and then pull it out, sometimes with alot of force. So a good deal of it is method and having the right tool.
Edited by Lutro0 - 2/27/12 at 12:05pm
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