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120 ft .010 Copper Wire for 50 cents

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#1 flyrod98


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Posted 24 July 2006 - 09:35 PM

I bought 12 inches of 16ga extension cord from an ACE hardware for 50 cents. With a little work stripping the outside insulation off to get at the three conductor and a little more work getting most of the inuslation off the three stranded conductors, you have a source of .010 in. copper wire for fly tying. Each conductor has 40 strands of the . 010 wire.

I cut the 1 foot chunk in half as shown in the pic.

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#2 down2earthlv


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Posted 29 July 2006 - 01:28 PM

This is the same way I get most of my wire.... if you visit a car audio dealer, most of them keep a scrap wire box in the back somewhere.... these wires tend to be much finer than 'extension cord' wire. some of the larger diameters like 4/0 can have hundreds of strands inside. The shop will usually give away pieces less than 8 or 10 inches. I just wish someone would manufacture electrical wiring in different colors, I'm tired of copper! LOL!!
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Posted 30 July 2006 - 08:07 AM

I have been using SS 28 gauge for my ribbing dubbibg brushes but I found 100 ft at Joanns for 5.00 that was 28 gauge plain stainless. Compared to .20 cents a foot for the SS quite a good deal.

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Posted 13 October 2007 - 03:18 PM

I did a little searching on Google for copper wire, perhaps this may help.

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 08:21 PM

The ribbon cables used to attach various drives to the motherboards is made up of silver wire. Some ribbons are made of up to 60 or so wires each with 7 strands of fine silver wire. I get mine out of scrapped computer, before we recycle them.
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