Pulling cables

Hi, hello, this is my first message and why not my first Idea, for the community and of course for me. Well I decided to join cause I was looking for a solution of a problem I have at my job. I work in a datacenter, and frequently I have to pull delicate cables, which have to run through many corners, sometimes they got stuck between sharp metal pieces on top of the racks, or even the doors. Not only that, but also the times that get to pull them from one place to the other (sometimes cables of 60 or 80 meters. You have to be also carefull on not pulling so much. So I was thinking in to invent something to put in many places as auxiliars that let run the cable in every corner. Many Ideas but I am not in use very frequently with the inventive that your experience have. But I think I discovered what I like most in life. INVENT THINGS.!!!! (too much Monkey Island when I was a boy) Greentings community Mijac

Topic by mijac 


Ethernet cable

I have broadband. I'm trying to set up a second network. The first one has a modem and a router. My second network just has a router so far. Since I'm subscribing for the internet, can I make an ethernet to coax cable. What I want to do is take one end of an ethernet cable and one end of a coax cable and put together. Which wires do I put on? This is probably really confusing, but this is the best way I can describe it.

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Cable Ties

At present, I live in a flat I need to connect the indoor tv aerial in the kitchen to a set in the bedroom. This involves leading the cable around doors and possibly across the ceiling, to get to the opposing wall. Under normal circumstance, I could use cable ties with pins, but making holes is not allowed in the flat. I have been told that adhesive cable ties must help, but they appear very difficult to remove, and might leave stains. Any suggestions

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Cable for touchscreen

Hi I have got my hands into a small 10.4" touchscreen but I have found that I miss a cable. I don't know where to ask but here. I have some pictures of the boards used and if addtional info is need please write. Thanks

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ipod cable?

I want to connect my ipod to my car radio ( '95 volvo original radio sc-811 with an option to plug a cd changer) with a cable mini-din conn. in one side and a ipod conn. in the other side, so I can listen and charging mi ipod at the same time. Do someone knows how to do it?

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Weird cable? Answered

OK so im wondering if this on the market (a little back story) Im building myself a home media center using an old pc and xbmc. I'd like to connect to my TV through HDMI so i can get full 1080p video from my media center the only problem being is that my old pc doesn't have an hdmi port only a dvi, so i was wondering if a cable or box existed that could combine the dvi from the graphics card and audio from the headphone port into HDMI allowing me to simply plug the other end into my TV.                                       --------DVI (female from graphics card)                                      /   HDMI (male)<---------                                     \                                      --------Audio from PC (female from little green hole by usb slot on the mobo) Something similar to that, preferably cheap otherwise I'll simply pick up a new $50 card from Newegg.

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Ipod extension cable with CAT 5 cable??

I would like to make an Ipod extension cable (aprox. 3') with a male on one end and a female port on the other end.  Is it possible to use  CAT5 cable?  If not what wire should  be used.and where can I buy it in such a small quantity.  Also any soldering advice or "things to look for" would be appreciated. Thanks

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overuse a cable (wire)? Answered

I was reading an online review for a $995 HDMI cable on bestbuy.com The guy said that the more you use a cable (i.e) the more electrons pass through it the more it degrades the cable. its this cable AudioQuest - Diamond 3.3' High-Speed HDMI Cable - Dark Gray/Black http://www.bestbuy.com/site/AudioQuest+-+Diamond+3.3%27+High-Speed+HDMI+Cable+-+Dark+Gray/Black/2383276.p?id=1218324437192&skuId;=2383276&st;=hdmi&cp;=1&lp;=3 Is that true or does he just want to justiy spending 1000 on a cable?

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guitar cable polarity?

On a guitar cable what part is positive?

Question by michoi   |  last reply


Flexible metal cable?

Hi,I'm looking for flexible metal cable similar to that used in this product:http://www.mightybright.com/Book_Lights/79/ProductDetail.htmlThe cable has a flexible metal sleeve which can be manipulated into whatever shape you want and holds its shape.Can anyone tell me what this cable is called? I've been searching online for days and I haven't found anything similar SadAny help would be appreciated!Thanks

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Serial to USB cable?

I have a serial cable for my Garmin Etrex, one side a serial plug the other goes to my GPSR. I am about to get rid of my desktop and only use my laptops but I don't have a serial port on either. Knowing this the serial cable is useless unless I spend another $40 - $50 on a "Serial to USB Converter". So, I cut it to see what and how many wires are inside of it and found only three. I was thinking of making my own cable but I don't understand the difference between the two ports. I saw the GPS 'ible here and it's no help unless you don't have the serial cable already... Here are my questions:1. As long as I connect the proper data in, data out and ground to the USB cable shouldn't it work?2. Are serial ports and USB ports that much different?I read a lot on the pfrancs website and i noticed a few of the connectors looked like they may have had USB cables hooked to them. I've searched and searched but came up with squat! If you have a really good understanding about USB and serial ports can you please help me or direct me to someone who can? Thanks in advance!

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Guitar usb cable ?

How make Usb-guitar cable?   

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Sports without cable?

Our cable company is terrible. We've tried getting satellite (directv) but there is a big tree in the way and we rent so we can't do anything about that. You can get good quality versions of all of the actual shows that we watch online somewhere (directly from the network's website, hulu, etc). And watching them that way gives you all of the convenience of having a DVR - watch whenever, rewind, fast forward, pause, etc. Also, our TV has a PC input (which we use frequently). So I was thinking of getting a cheap computer to leave hooked up to the TV and set it up to easily navigate through shows. That way we could get rid of our EXPENSIVE and CRAPPY cable. The only problem is sports. I couldn't care less about them but I live with my boyfriend, who loves hockey. Hockey is the hardest sport to watch with low resolution (the puck is tiny! I can't find it in HD sometimes). It's also never shown on the local channels (so no option of the cheapy cable or using some kind of antenna). NHL.com has a subscription you can get to watch online but it won't show you games if it's available on your local cable. So basically - does anyone know of a good place online to watch live (preferably free and good quality) sports? Hockey is the most important but also football/baseball/basketball. Any help would be appreciated!

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Charter cable box?

Well my neighbor threw out their charter cable TV box today.  I took the power cord (if nothing else I will turn it into scrap copper) and left the box.  But figured I would ask on here if anyone on here could think of anything to do with it.  I suppose I could salvage off the RCA plugs and coax plugs.  But i do not think I have any use for them.  So anyone on here have any ideas on use for it?

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usb guitar cables???

Any ideas on how they work and maybe on how to go about making one??? any help is appreciated will pick best answer.... or maybe a guitar usb interface???

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Cable remote control

Hi all I am interested in building a specialised tracked vehicle but instead of your "normal" remotes I would prefer a cable remote control that can at least use 12 or more functions. I actually look of building this in to a small Metal Case like you use for camera equipment with a monitor in the Lid and include the battery pack to power everything.  Anyone got any ideas of how to build such a remote and the outlay of the functions. I have some knowledge in electric and schematic. I do have a CTC 3D Printer with Dual Extruder but I only just got this one and have so far not used it as I want first to get the feel for it on how to work with it and look up a variety of videos on YouTube before I use this one in anger. I also do not yet have the Case as I am still bidding on one on eBay. I plan to start the build in September / October and be looking at the moment for a large (1/16 or larger) Tracked Vehicle Chassis. I once did see one in a Chinese Online Shop but cant find it again. I am sure that I bookmarked it but again, I cant find it. So I am looking over various online shops for a set but so far I had no success. If anyone has build something similar before please get in touch with me as this is my first real project that i would really love to pull of over the winter time to hopefully use next summer.

Topic by BernhardK4 


Ipod AV Cable

I was wondering what pins on the Apple 30-pin dock connector I should connect a composite av cable to get the TV to stream Netflix or movies/TV shows I have on my Ipod? I found the pinout for the connector here: http://pinouts.ru/PortableDevices/ipod_pinout.shtml. Does anyone know which pins to solder or could point me in the right direction?

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Headphone Stero Cable?

If i take two pairs of headphones and cut off the ends (the part you put into an mp3 player etc) could i splice them together and have a stereocable? (like to plug into a microphone jack and a headphonejack so i can record what comes out of the speakers?)  ive heard ppl using headphones as a mic, so i figure this will work. anyone?

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Injecting signal into a cable

For a part of a project on Power theft detection on a cable, i needed a way to inject a signal on a cable. Can anyone please suggest a method inject the signal. The signal is a pulse generated by a function generator.

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Cable extension parts

I am working on a project involving a Presario V5000 laptop (well mainly its innards) and would love to find extension cables for some of the components.  For example, the keyboard attaches to the motherboard via a 24 pin flat ribbon-like cable (see example image).  It would be great if I could get a simple extension piece (male to female) to give me any additional length, but I cant seem to find anyone that makes this, or what the techincal name is for that type of cable. (is it even a cable?  Is it a flexible circuitboard?) Anyone aware of a good vendor for hard to find laptop accessories like this??

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Iphone, extension cable?

Hello I´m trying to use a usb extension cable to charge my iphone 3Gs. But it´s not working, I get an error.? I use a usb extension cable to connect to the charger and the iphone cable on the female port. www.ace-plus.com/product/data_c/usb_extension_cable.jpg Do I have to buy this kind of cable? www.geardiary.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/iphone-dock-extender-cable.jpg Does any Iphone 3Gs user have this problem? EDIT: If I use a shilded usb-extender it works, but why not the other...naked one?

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usb to aux cable?

I am planning to make wireless headphones. The only way I see it working is that I need a usb bluetooth thing connected to an aux cable which is connected to tiny earbuds.

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fixing a laptop cable

Hello all! Love this site. First time poster. I have a problem with my laptop cable. It stopped working--I had to maneuver it into all sorts of strange positions to get it to charge my laptop. It finally refused my attempts by not charging at all. So I did the least sensible thing possible and cut into it with wire cutters to see if it was a frayed cable that I could possibly just wrap with electrical tape. Because the adapter was real bendy, more bendy then usual. I thought something inside wasn't connecting right. So now I have a really messed up laptop cable. There seems to be only one wire that extends from the adapter into the cord. I kinda cut into that too by mistake. At the end of the adapter there is a metal knob type thing, I don't know what its for but it doesn't really look like it connects to the cable. Is it fixable? I have beginner soldering skills. I've looked at other laptop cord repair instructables, but I'm not even sure where to begin. Thanks for any help! -Gil

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Ribon cable colors

Hi all,   I just read the "Web controlled powerstrip" by rleddington. A great build and it brought something to mind; Most everybody knows the resistor color code. The rainbow ribbon cables follow that same code. A lot of folks are unaware of this. There are ten colors and if you have more than ten wires, the color pattern repeats. If you know resistor code, this makes it a lot less confusing when wiring up a lot of circuits. If you follow the pins number/color on one end, the other end goes real easy without having to look up or follow a chart you made.   Hope this helps! Thanks again for all the great projects.

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HDMI to VGA cable? Answered

Hi, I recently bought a HDMI to VGA cord for my Raspberry Pi (V. 1).  After I received it, I tried it, but it did not work.  I did some research and from what I can find, running the cord straight from the Pi to a VGA screen will not work.  Is this correct?  Is there any way to use this cord?  Or is this just a useless cord?  Thanks in advance.  :)

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how do hook up cable, right? Answered

I have the tv hooked into a black box that has chan3-4 on it, in order to watch dvds/vhs', but when i ran a cable cord through the back, and used a splitter, so i wouldn't lose the movie option, it now doesn't show the movies unless i unhook the cable and even then there is a noise you hear along with the movie. i tried seeing if it's the channel settings either on the tv or the black box, it is not.

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pls help how to make a cable connector / converter

Anybody knows how to make this? the cable connector. thanks.

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How do you shorten your USB cable?

I have a 50 foot "Enthernet cable" I need to make it, 30 feet can you explain how to do this.

Question by ttony329   |  last reply


Where can I get waterproof cable (like cat5)?

I need to transmit data at the bottom of a pool. Google hasn't helped much - I've only been able to find waterproof connectors.

Question by Zorink   |  last reply


Is it okay to use a hot glue gun to keep a braided cable in place?

Is it okay to use a hot glue gun to keep a braided cable in place? If not what is a safe way to keep it attached? 

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How can I rig a cabled pulley system for a homemade weight machine?

That gives both variable resistance through range of motion (lighter at start, full weight at end) AND force multiplying where e.g. 20 lbs becomes 80 lbs (added weight effect with less plates).

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Vga cable gone wrong

I've tried like 5-6 times to make myself a vga male-to-male cable for this 32" tv I have that I can't do anything but watch noise infested cable with.So I'll skip all the bull****. I'm down to two cables I cut one from an old CRT and one from a non-working LCD monitor. Of course the lcd cable has to be considerably thinner, but the cables inside are relatively the same color.I've used this , and this website for a little bit of reference, along with wikipedia's VGA Connector page. The only bit of useful information I really have is on the wiki page where it says the male connector is just a mirror image, but it still confuses me.So far I have pins 1, 2, and 3 connected together at the cut end of the two cables, as they're the 3 thicker cables inside there. The rest of the cables seemed to be the same color as on the other cable, except that one had a black wire, and one with a red one (these turned out to be the same pin so I wired them together). The rest of the wires I matched together according to color and some of them I've heat shrinked, but I figured I better not waste any on wires I'm unsure about.Sure enough, it does not work, my LCD continues to display no signal, and I'm now wishing I didn't cut apart the first hand made cable I had (I grabbed off a cart at school). But the image quality was crudd, and it turns out it was wired in the cable to 5 coaxial wires, probably causing the quality issue as it wasn't exactly standard.Can someone tell me what the hell I did wrong???? Should it be wired differently instead of just a straight through cable?

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cat5/6 as speaker cable?

If I wire my house with cat5/6 can I use it for audio/speakers?

Question by avc   |  last reply


steel cable as a transformer core? Answered

Could i use thick steel cable as a transformer core (1 inch stranded cable) if i saturated it in a nonconductive (epoxy? rubber cement? ect..?   material to eliminate eddy currents and molded it into a double C core?

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Multi Console Av Cables

SOOOOO i've got way to many gaming consoles.. i collect them  i love them all DEARLY but i hate the fact i've got 20million sets of AV cables for each one. SO i went to gamestop and bought a multi console av cable.. covers my xbox (original), xbox 360, playstation 2, and gamecube/nintendo. so i plugged all my consoles in and fired on up.. and to my surprise i had no audio.. so i checked the av's on the tv side and moved htem and after much arguing with it all unplugged all but my xbox.. magically SOUND. so while the xbox was playing a movie i plugged in another console and bam sound was gone.. so my THEORY is this 1) Single Console it Works fine but i still have to switch the cables around every time i want to use another console 2) more than one console plugged in the audio from L & R is being diverted from the tv to the new console plugged in. but i am unsure how to test this.. and even more unsure if my theory is correct how to fix it. i bought the cable for next to nothing and am not above hacking it apart to get the results i want.

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Soldering a TRS to TRS cable?

I am trying to make a transfer cable for my TI-84 Plus Silver Edition Calculator. It came with a USB-mini to USB-mini cable, but it has two ports on top. One for a USB-mini cable, and one for an I/O cable, with 3/32 TRS jacks (2.5mm) from Radio Shack. I am wondering how to connect two TRS jacks together to make a transfer cable. I don't know what kind of wire to use, or how the wires should be connected.

Question by Pettrocity   |  last reply


Arduino Duemilanove USB Cable? Answered

What USB cable can be used to program this arduino?

Question by electronicz   |  last reply


USB cable with On/off Switch

Anyone know how to make USB cable with On/off Switch, not just to off the power, but to completely switch off the data flowing on a usb cable.  Thanks!

Topic by dimension_55   |  last reply


How to extend the USB cable

How to extend the USB cable from 1m to 10m

Question by archy_wanted   |  last reply


how to uncoil a USB cable?

Hi! I have a coiled usb cable but is there a way so i get a straight usb cable again, because it kinda pulls the usb cable out of the female usb port when i use it. It would also be way longer if it isn't coiled. Greetings Ingmar from the Netherlands

Question by ingkiller   |  last reply


I'm looking for cables holder Answered

I have cables for the computer lying on the floor.I would like to hang them unevenly at the bottom of the table so that they will not disturb the legs.

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fix a n64 controller cable?

i want to replace a cable on my n64 controller but i cant get the little wires out of their clips on the inside. any help would be greatly appreciated.

Question by cheesewzrd   |  last reply


Volts from an USB cable

I need to know how many volts a usb cable provides from a laptop. I couldnt find any information on google and I know that someone here has to know.

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USB to 3.5mm Aux Cable?

I am planning to make a tiny bluetooth earbud and the only way I see that I can make it is that if I can connect a USB Bluetooth plug thing into an aux cable and connecting it to tiny speakers.

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RCA cable power loss

Hi hi, Im splitting RCA cables coming from my cable box. I split the sound 3 times now. 1 to TV, 1 to stereo, 1 house system. Im wanting to add a 4th for daughters Karaoke. Easy enough with more splitters. How many times can I split a audio RCA signal before I start loosing too much to play correctly? Thanks in advance. Bman

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DIY VGA to Composite Cable

Is it possible to make a VGA to composite conversion cable?I know you can get them off eBay for next to nothing, but I have plenty of spares of both, so I could make one for nothing.If it is possible, what do I solder to which pins?Thanks

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Problem with audio-cables/soldering

I bought sum cables (dual-lines) and want to solder stereo jacks, but then i found out that a phone jack got three points to solder although there are only two cable-lines leavin the jack - i would like to know how to solder that. The project is: We got a flat share here and i wanted to connect all computers (that got stereo jacks) with a switch (4 connectors per channel) and connect the switch with a pair of boxes in our kitchen so that we can chose the line in from the switch and not have to pump up the volume in our rooms to listen to our music while being in our kitchen; so there's 3 computers[stereo jack out] -> [4 line cable-ins]switch->[4 line cable outs] -> [not defined in; eventually stereo jack outs->stereo jack in-active-]boxes and i got this dual-lined cable (solid twisted copper; 100meters-spin), a pack of each kind of stereo jack plugs. What do i do to get sound?

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Ethernet over power cables

What does everyone think about making a homebrew Ethernet over Mains plug adapter?i.e. http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2007/01/22/review_netgear_hdx101/

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Hilarious $500 ethernet cable

Denon, purveyors of audiophile equipment and home cinema kit, are selling a $500 1.5 metre cat-5 cable.That's not so much funny as disappointing.However, the Amazon reviews are utterly hilarious."Holding this cable in my hands actually makes me feel that much closer to the Lord Jesus...""So I shelled over the 1/2 grand and found out that I can SEE GOD when I play things now.. In addition I see the future and now know the stock market BEFORE it happens! ""Just 1 minute after pressing the button to order this, I had 7 phone calls from insanely hot women, and got 7 dates out of it. Coincidence? I think not. ""I couldn't believe a cable could make so much difference, so I connected a cable tester to it and saw that it rendered the 0s and 1s perfectly. I'm even getting some 2s and 3s!!!""Each one of these cables is blessed in the blood of a dead pope."There are, however, a refreshing number of people saying "I'll never buy anything from Denon ever again". I believe this product may be withdrawn shortly, if Denon have the tiniest bit of sense.

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