Introduction: Joining & Soldering Dissimilar Wire Inline - Trick
I was installing an auxiliary power socket and LED driving and spotlights on my BMW R1150GS. I ran a 10 gauge silicon wire from the Battery and I wanted to place blade fuse inline where I could access it easily should the fuse blow.
Step 1: Pushing the Wires Together
Problem was the fuse holder and silicon wire types are different. I want it inline so the couldn't be a bump else it would eventually rub through on dirt roads I ride. How to get Around this issue? Mmm....
My solution was to push the two dissimilar wires into each end into end. I tried to wind them but that didn't work 100%
Problem now was how to hold them together will soldering them. Then a simple light bulb moment, a cable/zip tie.
I placed a piece of heat shrink over the thicker silicon wire, as the heat shrink will shrink during soldering due to the joint being so close.
I used the holding power of a zip/cable tie to effectively hold the wire together and as a bonus it's joint is perfectly round
Step 3: Soldering the Joint
I soldered the two together, cut the cable tie off and bingo, perfect inline join.
I cleaned off the excess strands where I pushed the together and pulled the heat shrink the joint.
Step 4: Finishing Off
lastly I shrank the heat shrink over the joint.
Job done, simple and effective...
And this is my first Ible on the mobile app... interesting