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#1 MSwiss

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Posted 20 May 2020 - 09:51 PM

After doing a batch of plated wire, 2 years ago, that builders loved, but I wasn't totally satisfied with, because some the mix of K & S and Malin wire that I used, was less than straight, I finally got enough confidence that the issue has been rectified,to pull the trigger on a new, much, much larger batch, using 100% K & S wire.

After giving my 14 year contact at K & S, a super-nice guy, grief over the quality, and him getting a bit surly with me, for the first time, I used my regular trips there, to purchase brass for my weighted guides, to always also buy, a package each of all the wire sizes I intended to plate, to check the quality.

Anyway, they either ran through all their bad wire, or assuming they run it through a straightener, fixed the issue with it.

What I picked up yesterday, and cut to 1 foot pieces, the last 2 days, looks absolutely great.

I will be shipping it out tomorrow, to the plater, and with transit time, and them being swamped with C19 related, medical work, I might it back in 7-10 days.

Price is TBD, but this time it will be sold as CR items, through Eagle and ERI distributors.

It will also vary a bit in price, based on the size.

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.039". I can't believe most of the batch of wire, from last time, would lay this tight, and nice and flat, on this old table, full of steel dust.


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Not sure if this pic was .047" or .062"

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An even wider stretch of what I know is .062".

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As mentioned, a much larger batch than last time.

50+ lbs.
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Posted 21 May 2020 - 07:03 AM

That's great news, thanks.


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Posted 23 May 2020 - 10:38 AM

As I’m edging toward building my first chassis in almost 50 years (geez, that’s almost painful to say), I’m collecting parts, wire, jigs, etc.

So what is the purpose of plating the wire? Better solderability? Corrosion resistance from that nasty acid? Or is there a totally different purpose that I’m clueless about?

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Posted 23 May 2020 - 10:59 AM

You hit it, other than no prep required.

I guess that would fall into better solderability.
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Posted 23 May 2020 - 02:36 PM

- If you don't tin unplated wire, it has a tendency to rust. The plating eliminates having to tin it, which is tedious.

 

-Mike's plated stuff is a little stronger than unplated.

 

http://slotblog.net/...re-tinning-101/


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Posted 23 May 2020 - 05:36 PM

George,
I found I still had some .078" and 1/8" inch plated wire from the last batch.

Here's what a solder joint looks on the .078" wire, with no prep, after sitting for 2 years.

Both pcs. were straight when I soldered them together.

I was able to put the 90 degree + plus bend in, holding the wire at the solder joint, with my left hand, just using my fingers, and bending the wire up, with pliers, in my right hand.

If you tried that with unplated, unprepped wire, I'm pretty sure the solder joint would shear apart, completely, before you were able to get that much of a bend on it.

Again, with just one pair of pliers.

In this case, the solder just sheared a tiny bit.

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Posted 26 May 2020 - 07:27 PM

SO when is it available?
 


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Posted 26 May 2020 - 08:14 PM

Last I heard, I'll have it back here on Friday.

Once I have the invoice, and the price quoted me, is 100% confirmed, and the wire is in my possession, I'll post the price.
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