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Jon - Laser Engines31/10/2018 10:26:21
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I am looking for a reliable source of wire for binding solder joints. I used to strip the wire out of CAT5 network cable but most of those are stranded now and not solid core. I found a few places selling copper wire on spools but most of it is coated so no good for solder.

I know i can used fuse wire, but that is getting hard to find as well so if anyone has a source for this stuff please let me know

Martyn K31/10/2018 10:35:11
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Maplins (but try RS or Farnell) used to sell tinned copper wire or if you are feeling extravagant silver plated wire - which is perfect for binding. Comes in a variety of gauges as well

Geoff Sleath31/10/2018 10:40:03
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I suppose what you need is Bare Tinned Copper (BTC) wire. I haven't bought any for a while but my last lot came from RF Potts in Derby a former government surplus electronics shop but now a source for all things electronic/electrical - a veritable Aladdin's cave. I think they have a web site. There must be similar shops elsewhere. I used to have no difficulty 'acquiring' things like that but since I both retired and the family shop's closing down I find it more difficult for some reason

Failing that use copper wire from electric wiring cable - either 1.5 or 2.5mm. That's untinned but should work OK.


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Dave Hess31/10/2018 11:05:30
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Loads on Ebay:


Jon - Laser Engines31/10/2018 11:10:08
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Cheers guys

I hadnt really searched yet so its nice to see plenty of options. The ebay situation looks like good value but i will check out the others as well.

All i have to do now is choose one and repair the struts on my stampe without screwing up the wing geometry. Should be fun :\

Martyn K31/10/2018 11:17:41
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RS Components Tinned copper wire

Regards Martyn

Peter Miller31/10/2018 11:47:24
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I bought a reel of 26 SWG wire. Perfect

Alan H31/10/2018 11:48:12
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Fuse wire as used in the old type fuse boxes is an old favourite. Still available from lots of ebay sellers.

Kevin Wilson31/10/2018 12:40:55
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One place you wont get any is Maplins.

They went belly up a few months back..

bert baker31/10/2018 12:54:57
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Have you considered thin brass wrapped around joint.

A fair few wire undercarriage adopt this method

ken anderson.31/10/2018 13:34:06
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Skip's worth a try-if there's a renovation job getting done.Maplins has been bought by Peter Jones, the lad off dragons den...whether its going to be a high st shop or on-line-who knows....

ken dept.

John Rudd31/10/2018 15:34:37
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My local electronics shop sell tinned copper wire, They do mail order too

I read somewhere Maplins is returning but internet sales only.....I'll post the link up if I can find it...surprise

Ah, here we are.....


Edited By John Rudd on 31/10/2018 15:41:51

Nigel R31/10/2018 15:54:49
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I've used the solid cores from 1mm or 1.5mm twin and earth.
Martin McIntosh31/10/2018 18:43:00
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How much do you want Jon? I have a few reels in different sizes of tinned copper wire which I could never use in a lifetime. You are welcome to some if you PM me.

Edited By Martin McIntosh on 31/10/2018 18:44:29

Bruce Collinson31/10/2018 19:39:29
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Nominative determinism notwithstanding, I don’t have any.


Steve Dunne31/10/2018 20:32:53
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Had to think about that one, BTC...

Jon - Laser Engines31/10/2018 20:44:44
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Posted by Steve Dunne on 31/10/2018 20:32:53:

Had to think about that one, BTC...

i have to confess it has gone over my head. Perhaps its all the flux smoke

Jason-I31/10/2018 21:18:54
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Twin and earth works well for me too - It has so many uses besides carrying electronic pixies....

Bruce Collinson31/10/2018 21:23:12
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Wire you confused?

Clue’s in the name, or at least the initials.


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