ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk
Sun Feb 24 13:11:03 CST 2008
> After buying a proper IDC crimper, I couldn't figure out why I would
> have ever tried to use something else to crimp the connectors,
> especially considering how inexpensive it was, and how much easier it
> was to crimp connectors without fouling them up.
I have a small smooth-jaw vice on my electronics workbench which I've
found very useful for holding cables when I'm soldering and crimping IDC
connectors. After a little practice, I've never mangled a connector when
crimping it. The 'practice' taught me how much force on the vice screw
handle is necessary to crimp the connector, if things don't seem to be
going smoothily, I don't just apply more force, I stop and find out
The only connectors I have problems with (obviously) are the 'transition'
type with the solder pins sticking out. For the 2-row ones, I put the
pins into one of those solderless plugblock breadboards (about the only
use for such things :-)) and stick that in the vice. I don't use the
4-row transition connectors, if I did, I'd probably drill a metal block
to thake the pins.
On thhe other hand, in a moment of weakness about 15 years ago I bought
the cheap IDC crimp pliers that Radio Shack sold. I never got on with
them. I ruined more connectores using those that I ever did with the vice.
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