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post #1121 of 1127 (permalink) Old 03-29-2018, 04:06 PM
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ATX pin 20 is on the side of the ATX socket adjacent to the lug so that when the cable is looped from behind the motherboard the side of the row of the cable holding Pin 20 is concealed from view.

However, if you really need a full cable - and if there is a corresponding empty pin at the PSU outlet - it is possible to construct a non-conductive wire that can then be sleeved and look identical to the other wires.

A Top E nylon guitar string can hold an ATX crimp pin and can be fitted with 2.4mm OD 2/1 clear heat shrink to act the part of insulation.

You have to be very careful when melting the sleeve on the pin to make sure that the blue part of the flame only melts the sleeve over the very edge of the wire crimp.

You get the heat shrink on the wire by first pushing as much of the guitar string into the heat shrink as you can and then gripping the heat shrink at the end of the string while stretching it back to where the string enters the shrink then grip shrink and string at the entry point and release your grip at the end of the string.

Use a heat gun or hair dryer to fix the heat shrink in place starting from one end move the gun/blower over the shrink slowly enough to shrink it completely and so avoid creating air bubbles.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Himo5 View Post
ATX pin 20 is on the side of the ATX socket adjacent to the lug so that when the cable is looped from behind the motherboard the side of the row of the cable holding Pin 20 is concealed from view.
Oh wow you are definitely right. Here i was thinking it was going to end up on the other side. That is great idea with the guitar string. Hopefully it never comes to that though. Thank you
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ok, im just worried its going to be noticeable and not as purdy on the mb side.
You can put a pin on the mobo side, and leave the psu side unpinned and unstripped. It will make the cable look nicer on the mobo side.

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Do you have any advice for PCIe (8/6 pins) cables with two connectors?

I did not even think about this issue untill yesterday. I don't think I want to crimp anything. Would it be okay if I use just one connector and put the rest of the wire (with heatshrink on it) into the sleeve and leave it there?
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Do you have any advice for PCIe (8/6 pins) cables with two connectors?

I did not even think about this issue untill yesterday. I don't think I want to crimp anything. Would it be okay if I use just one connector and put the rest of the wire (with heatshrink on it) into the sleeve and leave it there?
If you want to use the stock 6+2 cable, but you only need the "6" side, you can always cut off the 2-pin flush where the wires exit the 6-pin. That will look a lot better than a dangling 2-pin. If you don't want to mutilate your cables, you can always make or buy extensions.

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Hopefully this thread is still considered to be a living document... Even though the last post was a year ago.

I thought that someone here might have some insight on my question. Has anyone, when making a split wire, used those little mechanical splicers... like these: https://www.amazon.com/WATERS-GOOD-C...51&s=hi&sr=1-1

This could be covered in shrink wrap to improve stability and appearance (and secure the sleeve material.) Such a splice would not only be a lot quicker, but perhaps more consistent. Certainly, it would also be a lot easier to guarantee proper length.

Thoughts?

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Hopefully this thread is still considered to be a living document... Even though the last post was a year ago.

I thought that someone here might have some insight on my question. Has anyone, when making a split wire, used those little mechanical splicers... like these: https://www.amazon.com/WATERS-GOOD-C...51&s=hi&sr=1-1

This could be covered in shrink wrap to improve stability and appearance (and secure the sleeve material.) Such a splice would not only be a lot quicker, but perhaps more consistent. Certainly, it would also be a lot easier to guarantee proper length.
I don't really like the look of such splicers. Maybe you could get pure transparent ones, those might look okay. Still, they are a bit bulky.

Shrink big enough to cover those connectors would not shrink small enough to hold the sleeving. You would need to glue the ends of the sleeving near the splicer, makes it tricky to get the maximum stretch. I would leave them without shrink.

It uses copper blades to transfer the power - so one of the wires must be left intact and you can't sleeve it whole unless the whole sleeve fits inside the splicer and the blades are able to cut through PET sleeving. Also, with such blades it's important to have exactly the right diameter of wire otherwise it can have either poor contact or cut the strands.

Are you looking to splice two wires? Or more? Are you looking to avoid soldering?


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