Saturday, July 16, 2011

Fine Mechanic's Wire

From the "desperate men employ desperate measures" department, comes this little tip.

Strip off the cladding from a paper-clad, big garbage bag tie and you get a useful length of fine steel wire, like so.

(The plastic-clad ties yield much the same thing, but they're a devil of a thing to strip. The ties pictured strip quite easily; lacquer thinner takes care of the black adhesive muck that's left on the wire.)

That wire is about 0.018" in diameter (between 26AWG and 24 AWG).

In a pinch, it can do things like take the place of a tiny e-clip, or serve as a sub-miniature hose clamp on small-diameter tubing.

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