Originally Posted by osufhall
Could you show a close-up of the banana plug terminal w/ the heat shrink? I've always been bothered by the little bit of wire that is present visible out the side of the banana plug (no logical reason just seemed somewhat unclean) . I'm going to give this a shot. Do you remember what size shrink you used?
Sorry I haven't been on AVS much lately - many other renos going on in the house, so the HT has not had much changes as of late (other than trying to keep drywall dust out of it
As for the heat shrink, I do not recall the specific sizes I used - I had picked up a bunch of various diameters and colors at a local automotive store for this project (as well as for going wild wiring my house with customs LEDs and other nerdy projects). As long as you select tubing with a slightly larger diameter to the wire or loom you're working on, most of the brands seem to shrink down quite nicely to form fit.
Here's a pic of some terminals before applying the shrink for reference:
A bit brighter pic of the finished terminals behind the rack:
and a bit of a closer-up of the plugs/wires with heat shrink applied:
The easiest steps for assembling things (if you are also using split loom) is to apply it to the wires first, solder or crimp your terminal, shrink the tubing, then apply the larger shrink to the joint where the split loom terminates at the wires - this way, the larger shrink will overlap the existing shrink on the two wires and makes for a clean look.
I would have taken a pic of the open plugs and solder job for you, but I would have to trash the heat shrink on there to get at that little screw to release the cover.
I hope that helps!