Introduction: Straightening and Stiffening a Wire (enderezando Y Haciendo R�gido Un Alambre).

EDITED 05 feb 2011:

I discovered, years ago, an easy, cheap and efficient way to straighten and stiffening a wire:

An end of the wire is put in the electrical drill, the other end to some hook or vise, tense the wire and rotate the drill a few turns.

The result is surprising.

This method is useful to construct axes or straight rods, and even to make springs. It can be used on thick (all you can manage, obvious) or thin wire.

That is all, folks.

Descubrí, hace años, una forma fácil, barata y eficaz de enderezar y dar rigidez a un alambre:

Un extremo del alambre se pone en el taladro eléctrico, el otro extremo se fija a un gancho o a la morza, se tensa el alambre y se gira el taladro unas pocas vueltas.

El resultado es sorprendente.

Este método es útil para construir ejes o barras rectas, e incluso para hacer resortes. Se puede utilizar en alambre grueso (todo lo que uno pueda manejar, obvio) o delgado.

Eso es todo, amigos.

Step 1: Discovered September 19, 2011


Popular Mechanics (Spanish version) said this in 1955

I am not too misguided, you can see.

Comments

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enVide neFelibata (author)2011-09-10

yeap, ... great solution indeed. This always amaze people when I teach it on my workshops. It's also great to twist electrical wires together.

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Yes, but electrical wires twisted in that manner tends to untwist. I prefer do it slowly, turning each of both individually. That is more stable. I give the common end to some helper, and while I go twisting in the same direction both wires, he goes leaving them twist reciprocally. If you don't understand (my English is sad) I can take any photos. Or may be I will do an instructable, is an easy and useful way to twist wires.

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Alywolf (author)rimar20002016-02-10

yes please do the instructable on how you twist both

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rimar2000 (author)Alywolf2016-02-11

Sorry, Alywolf, I will not do that. Please use your imagination, it is very simple.

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Alywolf (author)rimar20002016-02-11

aww but you said that you might above. thats ok, I am really good at figuring things out on my own anyway.

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always learning...

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I should add: Anyway, your method works, too.

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Countrywings (author)2014-09-11

If you twist wires in a drill (to make twisted pairs for a radio speaker, for example) you can pass a heat gun or hair dryer over the wire (taking care not to melt the insulation) and then let it cool, keeping it under tension as it cools. The result will be wire that stays twisted. Or, simply allow the twisted wires to remain under tension for a while, and then release them. It might untwist a little, but should not be extreme.

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rimar2000 (author)Countrywings2014-12-03

Thanks for the suggestion. In the case of a pair of wires, I twist them separately. This is a lot toilsome if they are long, like a cord extension for mower. I tie an end, ask help to my wife or somebody to hold it and I go twisting both single ends while she goes turning her end.

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graydog111 (author)2014-12-02

Great idea, Rimar. Can't wait to try it.

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batonas (author)2013-02-06

nothing new for me, used it for making lightning-rod's

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rimar2000 (author)batonas2013-02-07

Wow, thanks for teach it to me. Do you say the thick wire that connect the lightning-rods to ground?

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batonas (author)rimar20002013-02-09

Yup that thick aluminium wire connected from ground to lightning rod, we used perforator's for the task, twisted wire is much more stiffer.

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rimar2000 (author)batonas2013-02-09

Ok, it is so. First version of this instructable says "hardening" instead of "stiffening". Some readers told me that that was not correct.

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jdennis7 (author)2012-11-24

That's awesome! I'm going to use this trick whenever I need to.

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rimar2000 (author)jdennis72012-11-24

Thanks, jdennis7. It is really awesome, I was astonished when discovered it.

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doo da do (author)2012-11-17

Now I can use that metal wire the power company left on my property, 10 years ago.

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rimar2000 (author)doo da do2012-11-18

Glad to hear this. In my workshop I keep stuff from decades ago.

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The Green Gentleman (author)2012-09-20

Awesome!

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Really, I was astonished when discovered this.

Thanks for comment!

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Thank youfor sharing this! 

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SOFISINTOWN (author)2012-09-20

Ah... Deseo que había visto hace dos semanas...

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rimar2000 (author)SOFISINTOWN2012-09-21

Uhhh, that usually happens frequently to me. Thanks for comment!

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dagob (author)2012-09-13

Thanks for sharing rimar2000. It is really very helpfull.

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rimar2000 (author)dagob2012-09-14

Thank you for comment. And yes, it is very useful, I use this method sometimes.

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barefootbohemian (author)2012-02-22

Cool! I use a similar method to twist wire but never thought to straighten wire with it. I am going to have to definitely try this for my 8aug that is too bent to make look right. Gracias por comparator us conocomiento. No hablo español muy bien no mas lo intento :)

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Thanks for comment, barefootbohemian. Yes, I also was surprised when I discovered how effective this simple method is. Remember to use the hammer before.

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biochemtronics (author)2012-02-14

Thank you very much. This is very helpful.

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rimar2000 (author)biochemtronics2012-02-15

Yes, it is!

I use this method whenever I need a straight wire.

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ilpug (author)2012-01-14

Oh wow, this is going to be so useful.... Thanks!

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rimar2000 (author)ilpug2012-01-15

Yes, I guarantee it!

Thanks for your comment.

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pfred2 (author)2011-06-26

Thank you I learned something that will come in handy I'm sure. I have spent time trying to hammer wire straight. That is very time consuming and does not work so well.

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rimar2000 (author)pfred22011-06-27

Thank you for your comment. Really this method is awesome for its efficiency and simplicity

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pfred2 (author)rimar20002011-06-27

Yes I tried it on a little piece of coiled up tie wire here it worked great. Now I have a straight piece of wire standing up in the corner.

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fn06afranci (author)2011-06-07

mucho gracias :D

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corey11 (author)2011-02-05

I do this to make rungs. I take multiple wires and twist both ends, wrap one end around something small and secure (like taping a pencil across the tines on the back of a chair) and stil the other end in a drill. It twist the wot together to give it an awesome look, and strengthen it. I then use a caribean reef knot (or cobra knot depending on where your from) and weeve it into a ring. I have a way to blend the ends to look like one continuous ring, but that I will not share

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rimar2000 (author)corey112011-02-06

Thanks for your comment, Corey

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mileskubota (author)2010-10-09

Thanks!

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rimar2000 (author)mileskubota2010-10-09

You are welcome! This method, I can say "I discovered it", but it was not uncommon to be something known since before.

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Creativeman (author)2010-03-30

great instructable, rimar! Cman

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rimar2000 (author)Creativeman2010-03-30

Thanks, Creativeman.

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BeDub (author)2010-03-30

Very helpful!  About how many times do you turn the wire in the drill?

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rimar2000 (author)BeDub2010-03-30

I can't say this, you will see the wire straighten, and if you do too many laps it will break. Maybe one turn each 4 inches of length is an estimate.

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bauble (author)2010-03-29

Thank you very much for this. I've now done this trick with very thin wire about the thickness of a pencil line. Now I can attach something light to it and it will dance about in the wind. I've been wishing I could buy wire like this for years. Now I can make my own. Amazing!

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rimar2000 (author)bauble2010-03-29

Thank you for your acknowledge! Remember that this is coincidental...

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arirang777 (author)2009-06-19

I really love this trick! If I just could knew about it few days ago! Muchas gracias por compartir su ingenio y saludos a la pampa del cono sur.

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rimar2000 (author)arirang7772009-06-20

Thanks, very much. I discovered it about 20 years ago, when it had to do some pins so that my wife shared with their students, and I only had a very soft brass wire. It is true that "the necessity sharpens the wit" (Muchas gracias. Lo descubrí hace unos 20 años, cuando debía hacer unos prendedores para que mi mujer repartiera a sus alumnas, y solamente tenía un alambre muy blando de bronce. Es cierto eso de que "la necesidad agudiza el ingenio").

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cateddy (author)2009-02-19

I have use this also in the past. The first time was about 50 or so years ago. About 10 years ago I use this to make a wire long enough so that I could push it under a street so that I could run wire under the road for control wires for sprinklers system. I also ran an electric wire to the other side of the road for power. That was when I was still working. Now I use it to make things like S hooks to hold a tarp on a frame. Plus the S hook come in handy to use with plastic bags for storing stuff in the shed that I built. #9 wire is great for this. Chuck

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rimar2000 (author)cateddy2009-02-20

Thanks for your input, Chuck.

I am a compulsive keeper, and I use that S hooks and chains, combined with my "ghetto shelves" (see https://www.instructables.com/id/Closet_Hangers/ and https://www.instructables.com/id/VFECAFGS_Very_Fast_Easy_Cheap_Almost_Free_Gar/)

I must constantly defend myself from the threats of my wife, to throw all my "crap" in the trash. I threatened to set fire to her wardrobe if she boots me something. For now it gives me good result.

Please tell me if you don't understand something, because I speak Spanish, not English. I use Google translator and then I correct it as I think.

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cateddy (author)rimar20002009-03-05

Hello Rimar. I checked out the instructable that you have. I looks to me like it will help a lot of people like us that have more stuff then we have storage for. I am thinking of using something like that in my storage shed. Just hang the chain, use S hooks then plastic bags to store all the little junk that I have. Thanks for the idea. I live in a trailer park without too much space. I do use a chain with S hooks and turn-buckles to hold the awning down. Keep up the good work. Chuck

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