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    the cheese instead of a visual warning is more a smello-warning.

    ive seen a few nails used in my day; silver foil was a regular usually wrapped around fuse
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    I like the 'auto alert' one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AJSki2fly View Post
    Personally I find that hard wiring across a fuse with leftover silver foil from kit kat wrappers works best, it definitely gives a much improved soundstage and depth to the audio performance, subjectively that is. Who needs foo fuses.
    Used the silver paper out my fag packet to get my 550 kwak running to get shot of it at auction. Just unfortunate the main fuse had blown in the middle of the clyde tunnel....A rather memorable uphill push in full bike gear.

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    Whilst the above posts are amusing, they will do little to encourage Thommy to regard AoS as a "safe space" for him to discuss his design and construction of a mains cable. His post makes no mention of mains connectors, so it is a little unfair to show examples of the flagrent disregard and the overiding of mains plug safety features.

    It would be much better to allow Thommmy to describe his design before opening it up for discussion and comment.
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    I read TAOS, safe space, and life stuff and assumed this was about something completely different! Got that wrong.
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    Some hilarious responses here, thanks guys

    Next time I make a cable I'll take some pics, post the construction process and if I omit the instructions on which wire goes to which pin on the plug, then that way TAOS should be out of the line of fire in case of any mishaps.

    Personally I think that if you can't wire a plug correctly you have no business being in a DIY electronics forum to begin with. The discussion I want to kick off is more related to copper cross-section, insulation of the wires and interference rejection properties - rather than which wire goes to which pin on the plug.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thommy View Post
    "Silver oxide is seriously non-conductive, there is NO place for silver in hifi designs, you NEED to read this study..." etc.
    While silver tarnishes easily, silver tarnish is still a good conductor which is why military spec switches and connectors usually have silver plating.

    Copper verdigris, on the other hand, is a semiconductor and really mucks up signal quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thommy View Post
    The discussion I want to kick off is more related to copper cross-section, insulation of the wires and interference rejection properties - rather than which wire goes to which pin on the plug.
    OK, Im happy to start:

    - The cross section of the wires needs to be sufficient to carry the current required by the equipment. Anything more is a pointless.

    - Insulation of the wires is a good idea otherwise theyll short out.

    - Interference rejection is the job of the equipment, not the cable.
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    Actually, that reminds me, I must unplug the the kettle cable from my amp and return it to the kitchen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    Actually, that reminds me, I must unplug the the kettle cable from my amp and return it to the kitchen.
    I recently found that a DIY Supra shielded mains cable I made years ago was causing a fizzy sort of noise through the speakers when used with Class D amps. Everything construction wise was fine. I swapped in an old kettle lead and it was silent! Don't be too hasty to get it back in the kitchen!
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