[sdiy] DIP header/ribbon cable assemblies

Jay Schwichtenberg jschwich53 at comcast.net
Fri Jun 5 01:27:35 CEST 2020

I pretty much do the same thing. Only difference is I take a leaf socket 
and either pull the pins out of it or cut the pins on the bottom off. As 
Steve says don't tighten it to tight.

Jay S.

On 6/4/2020 2:38 PM, Steve Lenham wrote:
> On 04/06/2020 21:12, gm wrote:
>> Hello-
>> I have to make about ten ribbon cable connectors with .6" 28 pin DIP 
>> headers on either end.
>> I've tried using and IDC crimping tool with less than stellar results.
>> Is there a device or technique for doing this that can give reliable 
>> results?
>> Thanks.
>> ~GMM
> You don't specify what is unsatisfactory with the results from the 
> crimp tool, so we don't know what needs to be improved upon, but I've 
> always had acceptable results from a very basic technique: I put the 
> pins of the DIP header into two stacked pieces of stripboard (US: 
> perfboard) to protect them, then crimp the resulting sandwich in a 
> small bench vice (US: vise) as if it were a normal IDC socket. Squeeze 
> it up just a little, double-check that the ribbon is at right-angles, 
> then finish the job.
> I'd love a proper bench press to do this, but they do not do anything 
> very different - they just help a bit more with the alignment of the 
> parts. I can't justify one for the little use it would get, but the 
> Thomas & Betts/Ansley ones are worth looking out for.
> Cheers,
> Steve L.
> Benden Sound Technology
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