[sdiy] Wiring

Paul Perry pfperry at melbpc.org.au
Tue Dec 9 11:32:22 CET 2014

Put heat shrink on it. Whatever you do.
Especially if you are worried about multi-strand wire breaking.

paul perry Melbourne Australia

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Andre Majorel" <aym-htnys at teaser.fr>
To: <synth-diy at dropmix.xs4all.nl>
Sent: Tuesday, December 09, 2014 9:22 PM
Subject: Re: [sdiy] Wiring

On 2014-12-08 21:39 +0100, Maarten wrote:

> for a project I need to wire a lot of edge connectors with
> solder eyelets(I am not shure this is the proper name for it).

They're called solder tags or solder lugs.

> I usually stick a wire thru the eyelet, solder it and snip off
> the remaining end. In older equipment the wiring is always
> done in a very nice way where the wire has multiple turns thru
> the eyelet before it is soldered. I never succeed in getting
> it nice and tidy, if I tin the wire before installation it is
> hard to bend the wire in a nice way. If I try to put the wire
> several times thru the eyelet without tinning it, some of
> strands tend to have their own idea about where they go. So
> what is the proper way to do this?

Wrapping the wire around the lug makes maintenance harder,
especially with multi-strand wire. (Try it !)

I don't know how much better it is from a mechanical point of
view. In my experience, when a solder joint between multi-strand
wire and a pot breaks, it's the wire itself that breaks, not the
solder. Whether or not the wire is wrapped around the lead.

AFAICS, the main reason for doing this is practical : it removes
the need for a third hand to hold the wire while you solder it.
The usefulness of doing more than half a turn is not clear to

Unless maybe you only solder the end. The extra turns might then
serve as strain relief...

André Majorel http://www.teaser.fr/~amajorel/
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