Can't find 24awg solid core wire?


#1

Just go buy some CAT5 cable… take off the outer casing and you will have 8 colourful strands of 24awg solid core wire at your disposal.

I noticed some folks were having trouble finding this stuff, so I thought I share my solution.


#2

**"***For PCBs and devices, 20-26 AWG (I have come to like solid 24 AWG most) insulated wire has an appropriate thickness, works well with crimping (especially for .110" connection and chaining), and fits into a PCB well. 18 AWG wire is too large and rigid, and 28 AWG is often too fragile. Color-coded connectors for 18-22 AWG wire will be red and not blue or yellow; 24 AWG wire and folded 26 AWG wire works for red connectors as well, but do have very small connectors coded yellow for them. *"

Quoted from Slagcoin.com


#3

I’ve got a ton of leftover speaker wire that shipped with my speakers that I don’t use (they’re 20 or 22 gauge, real thin stuff). Could I split it in half and use the two wires for hooking up stuff too?


#4

Why didn’t I think of that, ive got tons of the stuff lying around from my networking class a few years ago. Although surely you mean 8 strands?

Thanks for the tip either way :slight_smile:


#5

:sweat:typo


#6

I concur with using Cat5 cable. Im a network admin and find all sorts of wonderful uses for Cat5.

Monoprice.com is also your friend in case you all didn’t know…


#7

The guy who sells hacked pads on here said that he uses speaker wire. I’ve used cat5 cable as well. I still prefer (maybe ignorantly) 22awg solid wire. It just seems sturdier IMHO.


#8

Isn’t using stranded wire a pain in the ass? Or does it soak up solder nicely?


#9

This is what I use. It makes for neat wiring cause the stuff is four wires coated with a plastic substance that keeps them neatly stuck together. Just use and exacto knive to split one out.


#10

I got 2 meters of the cat 5 for free from an electrical wholesaler… that should be plenty to wire up a stick :smiley:


#11

I go to the local telecommunications supply house. They sell a lot of electrical stuff as well. From there I get Cat-3 25 pair (I think it’s 25 some where in the 20’s range) and it’s more than sufficient, so about 50 wires. It’s about .30 cents a foot so 10 feet lasts me a while. It’s good since all the wires are color coded and it’s really good to work with. It beats buying solid on a roll that is single color from the local electronics store where it’s 5 bucks for a ten foot roll.


#12

I started up the wiring for my arcade stick and nabbed a loose Cat5 around the office. I gutted the wire only to find that it was made up of stranded wires. I ended up going to a local electronics speciality store and picked up a 6’ stretch and the QDs.

I’m glad it was cheap, but I can think of more fun things to do than gutting Cat5 and untwisting pairs.

Anyone have any quick shortcuts to gutting and untwisting those wires?