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 Post subject: Cheap source for wires
PostPosted: Feb Thu 13, 2020 4:22 am 
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If you need single wires 8"-10" long, collect those discarded Christmas lights. These wires have good insulation, at least 300V and the pieces are long enough for our purposes. I went to the "Last Chance Goodwill" junk-store and and got 10 lbs of assorted wires for $0.89/lbs. Among them I scored multi-cond. zip wires, shielded audio wires and Monster Audio cables with gold plated connectors? :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: Cheap source for wires
PostPosted: Feb Thu 13, 2020 4:32 am 
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Another source of quality "hook-up" wire available to you, is when you upgrade your 4-foot fluorescent lamps to remove the old ballast to install new LED bulbs.

Each fixture has about 5-8 feet of unneeded excess wire to remove.
When I upgraded all nine 4" fixtures in my garage and basement; I ended up with quite a hefty bundle of nice, quality, wire which I coiled up for all my future radio projects.

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 Post subject: Re: Cheap source for wires
PostPosted: Feb Sun 16, 2020 5:02 pm 
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Our local ReStore often has large rolls of wire at very low prices. I've purchased about 2000 ft. of hook-up wire on spools with original labels for only a few cents a foot.

https://www.habitat.org/shop

You can also find speaker wire and computer cables at low prices.

Rich


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 Post subject: Re: Cheap source for wires
PostPosted: Feb Fri 21, 2020 3:14 pm 
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Thanks for the tip about the ReStore Rich. I'll check it out.
My favorite general purpose hook up wire comes from the
large bundled telephone cables. As a kid, I'd find these where
the phone company was laying new cable. The guys were happy to
give kids good size chunks. These still show up at flea markets.

The advantage of this wire is its solid copper and comes in a wide
variety of colors. Removing the thick plastic from the outside of the
cable is not easy!
Steve

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 Post subject: Re: Cheap source for wires
PostPosted: Feb Fri 21, 2020 7:54 pm 
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I'd find those telephone bundles in garbage cans on streets. A few feet at a time. But then when I helped put the local Fringe Festival away, there'd be a long length of such wire, used for temoorary phones at the site. So I grabbed it for a few years, and probably have more than a lifetime's supply.

I'm not so sure about the insulation. It seems to melt easily from a soldering iron, leaving me ondering if it's not good for high voltage (at least, I'd worry about shorts).

In 1972 when I was 12, at about the first ham club auction I webt to, I bought a bag of stranded wire for 25cents, which lasted for decades. I may still have a bit left. All white colored insulation, unfortunately. It was bundled together, though I'm nit sure if it had been removed from something, or never put into use.


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