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post #1 of 10 Old 03-06-2007, 06:54 PM - Thread Starter
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I am attempting to make my own speaker cables. I have bought 12 gauge wire from axiom, GLS locking banana plugs,braided sleeving,shrink tube and the cable pants. This is a little harder than it seems. My main issue is I cant even begin to get the wire to fit into the cable pants. I bought the large 14mm size as well as the 11mm size. I tried using liquid laundry soap on the wire insulation but it just wont go. Any ideas on how to get the wire to slip through the pant leg?

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This is pure speculation since I'd never even heard of "cable pants" until reading this post!
Split the cable extra long, strip a length of wire greater then the pant leg length, twist each conductor tightly, put both legs into the pants and use the copper to pull the insulation home?

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Thanks! that is definetly worth a try.
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Try warming the "pants" in some hot water to increase their size...
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i use a pair of long nose pliers i bought from sears. i spray wd-40 on pliers nose.

i put the nose in the pant and open the handle of the pliers a little,to stretch them a bit, then slide them on the wire.

they look like this.

picture not exact, just to help you get an idea.

the pliers i have have very slender longer tip.

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Maybe you should get them drunk first, or at least buy 'em flowers?
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that would be to get the pants off.

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This is pure speculation since I'd never even heard of "cable pants" until reading this post!
Split the cable extra long, strip a length of wire greater then the pant leg length, twist each conductor tightly, put both legs into the pants and use the copper to pull the insulation home?

In the end this was the only thing that would work. The Axiom speaker wire insulation is very rubberized. It just wouldnt slide up there any other way. rubber against rubber.I think wire that has a harder vinyl type insulation would have been much easier to do.
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Are the cable pants just like heatshrinking material?

Where do you buy them?
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They dont shrink at all. They are shiny rubber. I bought mine from parts express
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