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Offline ebrown19721972

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Re: Pigtail extensions
« Reply #15 on: March 06, 2016, 05:57:34 AM »
Lately I've found the best prices on eBay.

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Is it a bad idea to use cat5 or cat6 cable to make my own extensions? I know this cable is very thin wire but with the twisted pairs I can double up the wires. Any ideas on this? Thanks

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Re: Pigtail extensions
« Reply #17 on: March 06, 2016, 06:40:19 AM »
Lately I've found the best prices on eBay.

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Is it a bad idea to use cat5 or cat6 cable to make my own extensions? I know this cable is very thin wire but with the twisted pairs I can double up the wires. Any ideas on this? Thanks
Solid cat5 doesn't tolerate the bending of putting it up and down every year. Some are very careful and make it work, others have a nightmare. If you do, make sure you don't double up the data. It will cause signal problems. Pigtails 13.5mm from Ray and DIYLedExpress.com I intermixed without issue. But I agree to buy a batch together for every project.

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Re: Pigtail extensions
« Reply #18 on: March 06, 2016, 06:49:52 AM »
Or would this be a little better
http://www.ebay.com/itm/131638101000?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&var=431008754897&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

That audio cable looks pretty good. Stranded, 4-wire. Seems like a good price for a 250ft spool, too. 16gauge or 14gauge.

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Re: Pigtail extensions
« Reply #19 on: March 06, 2016, 09:22:46 AM »
I have purchased waterproof connectors from DIYLEDexpress and from HolidayCoro.   We had torrential rains last Christmas and none of my connectors had any problems.   ....my two cents...

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Re: Pigtail extensions
« Reply #20 on: March 06, 2016, 09:50:37 AM »
I have purchased waterproof connectors from DIYLEDexpress and from HolidayCoro.   We had torrential rains last Christmas and none of my connectors had any problems.   ....my two cents...


I have a few coming from diyledexpress. I will also be making some custom extensions with pigtails i purchased from pixel sequencing

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Re: Pigtail extensions
« Reply #21 on: March 06, 2016, 11:10:41 AM »
I have purchased waterproof connectors from DIYLEDexpress and from HolidayCoro.   We had torrential rains last Christmas and none of my connectors had any problems.   ....my two cents...
I wish I was that lucky. After Christmas I took a few cables that hadn't been touched. I connected each end and submerged in 2" of water, they all failed. So the point of failure is the connector, not any splice or joint that I created.

It's possible mine were part of a bad batch. Mine were all from HolidayCoro.

James

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