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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.

 
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Step 1: Discovered september 19, 2011


Popular Mechanics (Spanish version) said this in 1955

I am not too misguided, you can see.
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batonas1 year ago
nothing new for me, used it for making lightning-rod's
rimar2000 (author)  batonas1 year ago
Wow, thanks for teach it to me. Do you say the thick wire that connect the lightning-rods to ground?
Yup that thick aluminium wire connected from ground to lightning rod, we used perforator's for the task, twisted wire is much more stiffer.
rimar2000 (author)  batonas1 year ago
Ok, it is so. First version of this instructable says "hardening" instead of "stiffening". Some readers told me that that was not correct.
jdennis71 year ago
That's awesome! I'm going to use this trick whenever I need to.
rimar2000 (author)  jdennis71 year ago
Thanks, jdennis7. It is really awesome, I was astonished when discovered it.
doo da do1 year ago
Now I can use that metal wire the power company left on my property, 10 years ago.
rimar2000 (author)  doo da do1 year ago
Glad to hear this. In my workshop I keep stuff from decades ago.
Awesome!
rimar2000 (author)  The Green Gentleman1 year ago
Really, I was astonished when discovered this.

Thanks for comment!
Thank you for sharing this! 
Ah... Deseo que había visto hace dos semanas...
rimar2000 (author)  SOFISINTOWN1 year ago
Uhhh, that usually happens frequently to me. Thanks for comment!
dagob1 year ago
Thanks for sharing rimar2000. It is really very helpfull.
rimar2000 (author)  dagob1 year ago
Thank you for comment. And yes, it is very useful, I use this method sometimes.
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 :)
rimar2000 (author)  barefootbohemian2 years ago
Thanks for comment, barefootbohemian. Yes, I also was surprised when I discovered how effective this simple method is. Remember to use the hammer before.
Thank you very much. This is very helpful.
rimar2000 (author)  biochemtronics2 years ago
Yes, it is!

I use this method whenever I need a straight wire.
ilpug2 years ago
Oh wow, this is going to be so useful.... Thanks!
rimar2000 (author)  ilpug2 years ago
Yes, I guarantee it!

Thanks for your comment.
yeap, ... great solution indeed. This always amaze people when I teach it on my workshops. It's also great to twist electrical wires together.
rimar2000 (author)  enVide neFelibata2 years ago
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.
always learning...
rimar2000 (author)  enVide neFelibata2 years ago
I should add: Anyway, your method works, too.
pfred23 years ago
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.
rimar2000 (author)  pfred23 years ago
Thank you for your comment. Really this method is awesome for its efficiency and simplicity
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.
fn06afranci3 years ago
mucho gracias :D
corey113 years ago
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
rimar2000 (author)  corey113 years ago
Thanks for your comment, Corey
mileskubota3 years ago
Thanks!
rimar2000 (author)  mileskubota3 years ago
You are welcome! This method, I can say "I discovered it", but it was not uncommon to be something known since before.
Creativeman4 years ago
great instructable, rimar! Cman
rimar2000 (author)  Creativeman4 years ago
Thanks, Creativeman.
BeDub4 years ago
Very helpful!  About how many times do you turn the wire in the drill?
rimar2000 (author)  BeDub4 years ago
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.
bauble4 years ago
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!
rimar2000 (author)  bauble4 years ago
Thank you for your acknowledge! Remember that this is coincidental...
arirang7775 years ago
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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