DIY patch cables - is heat shrink tubing necessary?

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  1. Kilometers Davis

    Kilometers Davis Junior Member

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    I'm putting together a new board and DIYing patch cables so everything is nice and tidy! I haven't made my own cables before but it seems pretty simple.

    Title says it all really, is heat shrink tubing necessary?
     
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  2. Who

    Who are you? Who who who who.... Premium Member

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    nope.

    Welcome to the forum!

    Will your cables deal with a lot of movement, flexing/rearranging?
     
  3. northernguitarguy

    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    I make my own when I need a custom size. I buy cheap right angle plugs by the dozen off ebay and use old cables, works like a charm.
     
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    Kilometers Davis Junior Member

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    Thanks:cheers2:

    No there won't be much rearranging if at all, I've gotten to a point with pedals that I know what I like and in what order I like them in.
     
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    pillbug Senior Member

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    It's not necessary but I prefer using heat shrink or at least some kind of shroud over the soldered connections before screwing the plug together, just to keep a physical separation between the shield (ground) and the connections.
     
  6. Kris Ford

    Kris Ford Senior Member

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    Electrical tape has worked for me..downside is the gooey reside..the shrink has to be sacrificed if if repair is ever needed (which if done right won't be for a loooooong time, unless a traumatic event happens to it.)

    It does look crisp and professional though!
     
  7. rjshare

    rjshare Senior Member

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    No definitely not necessary and to be honest, with the neutrik and hi-con jacks that I use, I don't think you could use it because of the way they go together.
     

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