amair, you might want to get an inexpensive volt / ohmeter to check your homemade cables, if you are getting into this. $22.50 is a good price for that compression tool. I use mine a lot. (Got a big family and for friends.)
mcfan, there is nothing wrong with your ideas, people like to joke around a lot here.
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