Building two power cords and would appreciate advice
A newbie question:
I am going to build two new power cords for my amplifiers from Furutech FP-3T5S862 cord and Furutech FI-25 (IEC) and FI-25M-N1 (Edison) plugs.
The braided shield must be connected to the ground wire on the mains end.
Can anybody suggest the best way to make the connection between the braided shield and the ground wire?
Thanks in advance.
Pics of the practice-run cables
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Here are two pics. Not bad for a first shot at this -- including Techflex and heat shrink!
More later after I work with the Furutech wire and connectors!
Power Cord Project Completed
Well, yesterday I finished building and burning in (partially) my power cords from the Furutech FP-3T5S862 cord and Furutech FI-25 (IEC) and FI-25M-N1 (Edison) plugs. I want to thank pepster, helipilotdoug, drumminman, and zingo for their help.
I would give myself about a B to a B+ on the work -- the heat shrink is not as "tight" to the connectors as I would like, and I'm not happy with the "grip" on the cord from the strain relief clamps.
The Furutech 9 AWG wire was a beast to work with. Not only was it "fat," it was also very stiff. I tried to get the wire into the "ports" in the plugs by forking it, but even with needlenose pliers and very fine pointed tweezers (which were great for unbraiding the copper shielding!), I could not get satisfactory results inserting the wire into the clamps.
So, I resorted to the Furutech spades helipilotdoug suggested. Even with those (designed for 10 AWG wire), I had to spread them to allow me to insert the drain wire and the ground wire simultaneously.
But, I got the job done, burned them in for about 24 hours using the "burn in box" I acquired from pepster (thank you, again).
The reward came when my wife heard the inaugural CD playing and announced (shortly before beginning to dance to the music) that the sound was "decidedly richer." My observation was that, yes, it was richer and the sound stage opened up a bit more -- to my surprise, because it is already very wide. Today, I would add that the definition of individual instruments, their placement on the sound stage and the accuracy of their timbre is improved. This would be my explanation of what my wife calls "richness."
Here are some pictures.
A piece of the leftover Furutech cord.
A picture showing the product number of the cord.
A picture showing the completed cords surrounding pepster's "burn in box."
A picture of the male connector on one cord and the female connector on the other.
Look like I learning to insert pictures in a rational way! :biggrin: