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How To: Braid Cables

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Marcus

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This is only a simple guide, i'll do a more detailed guide on how to braid PSU and fan cables at a later date! =D>

How To: Quickly Braid Cables

You will need:
Cable Braid
Heat shrink
Heatgun / paint stripper / lighter
Scissors

The wire i'm using as an example is just an XSPC blue LED

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and the braid is some AC Ryan Blue stuff!

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Feed the braid over the cable until it reaches the end of the cable...

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Cut some heat shrink off, you only need about 20mm really.

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Pass the heatshrink over the braid

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Bring out the heatgun, this is my 1400w Black & Decker Paint Stripper! [-(

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Point the heatgun at the heat shrink, be careful not to put too much heat on the braid otherwise it will start to melt. #-o

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Now you have no excuse for having bare cables in your case! =D>

Edited by Marcus, 26 September 2008 - 09:26 AM.


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ooooh, nice

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Hair dryers FTW! :D

Nice guide Marco ;)
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Lucky for you there was no plug at the end :) There is a lot of fun taking them off :lol:

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lol yeh thats why I chose to do it on an LED, I didn't have to pull the 3 pin molex off although tbh i've done it that many times now I can do them just as quick. [-Y

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nice work marcus =D>

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May i add a suggestion? When I do it and have to take a plug off, I always put a bit of heat shrink over all the pins before putting the braid over them. Makes it easier to fit the braid and stops then snagging, and keeps them alltogether. then when the braid's on, just cut that little bit off

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Yeah I wouldn't mind seeing an in-depth tutorial on the proper removal of the various wire fittings, i.e. 3pin, 4pin, molex, sata etc so that braiding can be applied to all.

Oh yes. There will be braiding.

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There are tools for that insomnai and no rocket science involved :lol:

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I prefer detail and knowledge of the proper tools. Google doesn't exactly find anything with 'tools for taking apart psu connectors' in a search.

As for the rocket science, it doesn't have to be, but without the know how, it might as well be.

Cheers.

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right tool for taking molexes off is called a molex pin remover loads on here http://www.performan...x&cPath=143_272

i know its in the usa but just i no there have loads of diffrent ones and you can use google from there :D

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Eh?

http://www.chilledpc...products_id=582

And

http://www.performan...roducts_id=2160

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Thanks for the links bentleya and spoon. I had no idea that there were kits for the purpose. Obviously having never modified a PSU previously. I have searched but never found anything on Google remotely useful.

;-)

Edited by insomnai, 24 September 2008 - 06:40 PM.


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Its not only for PSU, you can use that kit for Molex and ATX/3 pin/6 & pin connectors as well :)

Edited by spoon, 24 September 2008 - 08:47 PM.

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*fight* *fight* *fight*

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*fight*? where? I can't feel anything. Stop hitting me you'll hurt yourself.

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Just thought I'd add these, not sure if they'll be of any use

3 Pin connector:
You need a small jeweler's screwdriver or similar
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Push down on the pins to release the wire

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Voila, repeat for the other pins

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Whack a bit of heat shrink over the pins and then just braid over as in the LED above, just makes it easier to feed it through the braid without snagging.

MOLEX:
You'll need the molex tool(s). I got mine an an A C Ryan braid kit and it has both Molex splitters in one tool.
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Female Plug / Male Pins
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Small diameter hole slips over the pins

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Might need a bit of a push on

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to release the pins

Male Plug / Female Pins
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flip the tool round to get the big bore end

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bit of a wiggle and the pin's out


PSU Main leads - PCIE / 20-24 Pin etc
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Need the special tool to fit round the pin and release the 'tabs'

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fit it around the pin and push until the pin releases

Mobo Header / USB / Firewire etc
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Back to the jeweler's screwdriver gently insert under the tab and lift up (gentle!)

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there appears to be two catches on the pins so you may need to leave the screwdriver in until the pin's out.


Once the cable is braided I find it easier to refit the plug.
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May need the removal tool or screwdriver to click the pins into place

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Leaving a little excess braid

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means you can trim to the length required

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heat shrink

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and its done

Edited by 7755matt, 26 September 2008 - 09:14 AM.


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Ta muchly Matt, been meaning to show that myself. <bigparty>

You forgot to mention that you need to bend the pins back to put the connector back on though, or is that just me pushing down too hard?

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sorry, forgot that bit, although most of the ones i've done didn't need it. I think it may be too mush push? P push ir real good.

Glad you liked it, didn't want to tread on anyones toes!

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Matt, thanks for providing that, excellent post mate. It's exactly what I was looking for.

Marcus, thanks for providing the place for it!

Many regards

Insomnai




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