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PostPosted: Mar Tue 04, 2014 7:23 pm 
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Need some recommendations for dial cord for transistor sets. Everything I have here is "tube type" cord and too large for the Philips I'm working on.

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 Post subject: Re: Dial cord
PostPosted: Mar Tue 04, 2014 7:35 pm 
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have a look round in craft stores. theres a huge new fabric store that I ventured in. full of old ladies. perfect place for secret craft supplies. and there it was. crafts. all kinds of cords

I think it was Jo Ann fabric store. great big new place in town. used to be a grocery store thats how big it is


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 Post subject: Re: Dial cord
PostPosted: Mar Tue 04, 2014 8:15 pm 
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Bill M wrote:
Need some recommendations for dial cord for transistor sets. Everything I have here is "tube type" cord and too large for the Philips I'm working on.
Look in a sporting goods shop, certain types of fishing use light weight braided line.

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 Post subject: Re: Dial cord
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Braided fishing line I have plenty of. :wink: Good stuff too! But still too large. What I'm looking for is about the size of 24 ga wire, maybe even smaller.

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 Post subject: Re: Dial cord
PostPosted: Mar Tue 04, 2014 11:43 pm 
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tubeAMP wrote:
theres a huge new fabric store that I ventured in. full of old ladies.

You just like looking at the old ladies... :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Dial cord
PostPosted: Mar Tue 04, 2014 11:46 pm 
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old lady paradise :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: Dial cord
PostPosted: Mar Sun 16, 2014 1:41 am 
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I use some braided fishing line that is 12 lb test for thin dial drive cord.
Got it at a sporting good shop. I use 27 lab test for most tube radio dials. Hope this helps


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 Post subject: Re: Dial cord
PostPosted: Mar Sun 16, 2014 1:58 am 
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Bill, check for Spider Wire fishing line. That stuff is very thin.

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 Post subject: Re: Dial cord
PostPosted: Mar Mon 17, 2014 12:39 am 
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I had some waxed polyester thread #170 fine. It is for use with the speedy stitcher sewing awl. Seemed to be a perfect match for what was already on there.


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 Post subject: Re: Dial cord
PostPosted: Apr Sun 06, 2014 8:53 pm 
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Bill,

This is the stuff you want. Accept no substitutes:

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This is 65 lb. "Power Pro" branded test line, made by a company called Innovative Textiles. It uses a fiber developed by Honeywell called "Spectra". I got it at either K-Mart or Big 5 Sporting Goods (don't remember which).

Don't let the capacity rating fool you, this stuff is incredibly thin for braided line and incredibly strong with no stretch. It is perfect for transistor sets. I've done three 1960s-era Grundig Satellits with it and the ease of use made the job almost a pleasant experience. :P


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 Post subject: Re: Dial cord
PostPosted: Apr Mon 07, 2014 12:36 am 
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I bought some fiberglass core nylon covered dial cord from here but at 18 cents a foot, it's pretty pricey. However, it does look original and most transistor radios contain less than a foot of dial cord anyway.


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 Post subject: Re: Dial cord
PostPosted: Apr Mon 07, 2014 12:40 am 
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My dad was a carpet installer and I think the string they used to sew seams is about what your looking for. Just find an old carpet guy.

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 Post subject: Re: Dial cord
PostPosted: Apr Mon 07, 2014 9:21 pm 
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how much is that fishin line


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 Post subject: Re: Dial cord
PostPosted: Apr Mon 07, 2014 11:18 pm 
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Looks like you can buy it a Walmart. There is a 30 lb test that is even thinner.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/PowerPro-Brai ... ethod=p13n

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 Post subject: Re: Dial cord
PostPosted: Apr Tue 08, 2014 12:38 pm 
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big price for one application. someone can buy some and provide for the whole forum :|
I forget that this is transistor category. there is much smaller diameter cord in the crafts departments for transistor drives. the one that have shown is tube radio size
check out crafts and save some money :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: Dial cord
PostPosted: Apr Sat 19, 2014 6:21 am 
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I used a fabric cord my wife uses for making bead necklace. Very strong and provides sufficient friction for use as dial cord.


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 Post subject: Re: Dial cord
PostPosted: Apr Sat 19, 2014 12:32 pm 
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thats exactly it. bead making cord. comes in small quantities and several diameters. you can buy hemp cord if you want to get earthy :|
I was in the girly store Jo Ann Fabric and Crafts to buy some plastics glue. huge place tons of bead making materials. all sizes and quantities. lots of stuff for kids if you need to buy a present.
move over ladies :shock:


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