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 Nifty swifty way to make twisted fil. wires.

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FrankB
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PostSubject: Nifty swifty way to make twisted fil. wires.   May 29th 2014, 5:48 pm

So I am planning on builging another piece of equipment, and was trying to figure out how to make a nice EVENLY twisted pair of wires for the filament circuit.
Hand twisting sure didnt do it.
Then the wacko thought hit me Question  I was using a drill and caught some rug fibers in it and they twisted up nice, why not use a drill?

So Experiment #1 "Egg beater" type manual drill- turned out ok. No big problem except having to wrap the wires to a door knob and slowly walk the drill towards the door, slowly and evenly winding as I went. The wires turned out pretty good except at the very start. I used 10' of wire.

Expereiment # 2 variable speed drill. Well, not so good. Difficult to keep speed steady as I walked and it got away from me and really made tight twists- maybe too tight-.

I think the old hand powered "egg beater" type drill is best for this.

I tried with both solid and stranded wire. The solid won out for me, although I have to admit, the stranded actually came out pretty good with the electric drill. I think it might have had something to do with the stranded wanting to not twist as tightly as the solid did and the electric twisting it tighter.
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For solid wire, I think the hand operated drill does a better job, but for stranded, I think the electric drill did better.

Your results may vary. As after all I am not a rocket surgeon or brain scientist.
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PostSubject: Re: Nifty swifty way to make twisted fil. wires.   May 30th 2014, 5:08 pm

Harbor Frieght carries wire twisters.
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And heres a video to show how easy it is.
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We used these all the time in the navy shipyards.

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