60. My First Attempts at Sleeving.
I have no idea what I'm doing, but that never stopped me before...
Got two more batches of paracord in:
This stuff is an imperial red/black stripe. Really gorgeous.
The other two colors I don't think I'll use:
So after doing a bit of culling, these are the colors I might use:
And here's the PSU. An older Corsair HX520 with 24-pin ATX, 8-pin EPS, and 4-pin CPU permanent wires and the rest modular.
Let's void a warranty!
Case off, and clipping the zip-tie that holds the PSU fan cable bundled with the other wires.
And clipping the zip-tie that holds the wire bundle in place at the PSU grommet:
And let's work on the other end of the 24-pin cable. First to cut the heat-shrink away:
And then cut the zip-tie:
Now, I could have, at this point, just cut the old mesh sleeving off, but I really wanted to save it, because I may end up using it somewhere else. Unfortunately, it won't open wide enough to slip over the 24-pin connector. So what I opted to do was unpin one wire at a time, slip it out of the mesh, and then repin it outside the mesh sleeving so I don't lose track of pin order.
The second problem I ran into is that I have a pin removal tool for molex, but turns out it's much too large to fit inside the 24-pin connector. First I tried two clothing pins, but the round shape didn't work. I remembered seeing here that people used flattened staples, so I grabbed a couple heavy-duty ones from the workshop and flattened them.
Unfortunately, turned out two of those were too thick. I could get one in on one side, but the other wouldn't fit.
So then I switched to two office staples. Opposite problem. One of those was too small and too flimsy to do the job on a side.
In the end, after much fiddling and cursing, I figured out this would work:
One heavy-duty staple on one side, and two office-staples on the other did the trick with a bit of effort. My first ever unpinned wire! That's some kind of milestone, right?
Now for the nifty sleeving tool.
I tell you, this thing is a dream to use. The pin fits firmly in one end, and the rod tapers slightly toward a rounded end. It's got enough length that you can "inchworm" the sleeving over it fairly quickly and zero snagging.
First bit of paracord on! Now I know what you may be thinking. "Jhereg, dude, you didn't put the heat-shrink on first!" And you'd be right. I was planning on just slipping some of the paracord on as my first few attempts, just to get a feel for the colors and such before I jump in and do the final sleeving. I still haven't decided the color and pattern yet!
So I did two more. Being careful to remember the wire order at the connector.
Man those look nice together. And that lighter accent color on the black is actually reflective, which you can see here when I put it slightly in shadow:
Let's see what they look like against the case colors:
Oh yeah baby, that's going to look niccccceeee....Here's where I need some advice.
Will it be too busy to use ALL THREE of those in my pattern? Or should I choose only TWO of them?
I'm thinking using the black w/ reflective as the base color (which is why I bought more of it) and then do accents with the red hatched for smaller bundles and add the red/black striped for larger bundles. I'd appreciate any feedback on that.
Example, for the 24-pin, I was thinking maybe:
Verdict: I think it's too busy. Maybe a plain black for the base color instead of the reflective strip black?