28632Re: [midatlanticretro] off topic- how to hand terminate ribbon cable
- Dec 14 9:11 AMOn 12/14/2012 10:24 AM, Ben Greenfield wrote:
> Not exactly on topic but I feel the skills represented on this listAssuming it's an IDC connector...
> maybe the finest on the internet for answering this question.
> I have 10 pin ribbon cable that I want to terminate I will only need
> to do it 10 times so if its's laborious.
> I have tried 3 variations of stripping the wires and using a hammer
> and block of wood. I'm now ready for some advice if anyone has got
One does not strip or separate the wires before attaching the
connector. The action of the connector depends upon the wires' webbing
not being separated. When you crimp one of these connectors closed, the
pins cut through the insulation and make contact with the conductors.
IDC == Insulation Displacement Connector.
There are crimpers specifically designed for doing this. For years I
used a machinist's vise (non-serrated jaws), then I dropped nearly $300
for the crimper. It was then stolen, which really pissed me off. It
was only marginally better than the vise, though, so I just went back to
The important thing is to maintain orthogonality to the axis of the
connector...straight down, as even the slightest angle can cause
problems, either bad crimps or broken connectors. Crank it down until
the pressure only just begins to increase dramatically, looking around
the perimeter constantly to ensure orthogonality.
If you do this a few times, it will just become automatic and you
won't even think about it any more. (or worry about it, for that matter!)
Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA
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