Wire wrapping

From: Dwight K. Elvey <dwightk.elvey_at_amd.com>
Date: Fri Dec 6 20:00:00 2002

 I forgot to mention. Use a good sharp pair of wire
cutters. If you use some of the cheaper diagonals,
they flatten the wire, rather then cutting it.
This makes the job of stripping much harder since
the covering doesn't slide off easily.
 Just more of wire wrap lore.

>From: "Dwight K. Elvey" <dwightk.elvey_at_amd.com>
>>From: "Jeffrey H. Ingber" <jingber_at_ix.netcom.com>
>>On Fri, 2002-12-06 at 18:31, Dwight K. Elvey wrote:
>>> Hi Jeff
>>> This is a manual tool and takes a little practice.
>>> You need to first start by stripping about .75 to 1 inch of
>>> insulation from the end of the wire. There is a built
>>Thanks to everyone who provided links. After a few tries I've got it
>>figured out =).
>>I ordered a roll of wire which has a built-in stripper which makes nice
>>1" cuts. Pretty easy process, but I find the slit in the tool to be
>>annoying, as the wire would continually get caught in it. What is the
>>purpose of this? I assume it's to allow you to remove broken wire from
>>the tool easily? I just kept a finger over the slit and eventually was
>>able to get some good wraps.
>>If I had to do this more often I would probably spring for a better
>>tool, but for a once (or twice-off) this seems to do the job.
> Like any skill, it takes practice. You want to feed the
>free end of the wire through the side that doesn't have
>the stripper on it. You then push the wire into the
>groove with a finger nail. If done correctly, you won't
>have a bend in the wire at the stripper and the wire
>will not break when you strip it.
> You'll find that the spool/stripper unit have the same
>problem. The only strippers I've ever found that worked
>well on wire wrap were those ones that looked like
>small pliers and had white plastic shells that would
>guide the wire onto stripper blades. I'm not sure who
>sells these as they were units I picked up at a surplus
> As for power wrappers. These require some skill to use
>as well. With these, one can make a larger mess quicker
>than using a manual tool. It is all about practice and
>timing. I've used professional electric and air powered
>wrapping tools. I also have one of those cheap battery
>powered ones at home. With a little practice, I find
>that I can do just as good a job with any of them.
> I've done larger projects. One needs to plan out the
>flow of how you are going to place the wires. Two level
>wire wrapping takes planning. Three level is a little
>more forgiving but it is easy to bend the pins and cause
>>> in stripper. Look at the spring steel part in the center
>>> of the tool. It has a slit in it that you slide the
>>> wire in and then pull the wire from the other side.
>>> Now that you have the end, thread the wire from the
>>> end, under the small sleeve and along the groove at the
>>> side of the shaft. It doesn't have to stay in the groove
>>> but make sure it doesn't get kinked or bent badly.
>>> Slide the tool and wire over a wire wrap post. Place
>>> your index finger at the unwrapper end and twizzle the
>>> tool clockwise. This is the tricky part. You need to
>>> put enough pressure with your index finger so that
>>> there are no opening between wraps but not too much
>>> or you'll get overlapped wraps. I also find that the
>>> first turn of the tool should have no pressure until
>>> the wire has one start wrap. You will also find
>>> that you won't be able to twizzle it to completion
>>> as one motion. You need to make sure that it doesn't
>>> back rotate as you go for another grab with your
>>> fingers ( this is where another hand comes in handy ).
>>> If you get an opening between wraps, don't think you
>>> can just squeeze it down to until it looks OK. This
>>> make a loose wrap that will have poor electrical connection.
>>> Overlapped wraps should be redone as well.
>>> Now, go and practice. You'll get the hang of it soon
>>> enough.
>>> Dwight
Received on Fri Dec 06 2002 - 20:00:00 GMT

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