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Shrink-wrap tubing is a substitute for electrical tape. It's tubing made from a polymer that shrinks when it's heated. You slip the tubing over the wire, but away from the joint, then solder the joint. Finally slip the tubing over the cooled joint, heat it up with a heat gun, and it shrinks over the joint. The result is a well insulated joint, and, unlike tape, it won't unwind. You can pick it up cheap at Harbor Freight.
If I could pay someone a buck to do the job it would be a bargain. But, I guess, really, I just do it for the satisfaction of not throwing a pair of jeans away because of big holes in the knees when the rest of the pants are serviceable. Like you, I open up the outside seam. I doubt I'd be able to resew the crotch seam. Thanks for the comments, Granny.
Thanks for the comment. My mom taught me to mend my own clothes and I've always done it. It always reminds me of her, and that's a good thing.
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