I need some hints, on how to coil some 12-2 _neatly_. I have a spool of it,
and shipping some off. The problem I'm having is, it has to fit in a
certain size box. Once it comes off the spool, it sure doesn't want to coil
up neatly like it is on the spool. It likes to twist around etc.
Anyways, thanks for helping out someone that couldn't find a book for
dummies, on coiling wire.
Stupid question- where are you shipping it, that they just can't drive into
town and <buy> a roll, probably for less than what the shipping/box/gas to
get to post office will cost?
aem sends, curiously....
I'm shipping it all over the country. I had gotten a heck of a deal on some
12-2 UF underground, 5 bucks per thousand feet! Anyways, it's going for
around 30 cents a foot on eBay. I've sold some in 50 & 100 lengths. USPS
gives you free boxes for priority, and if you ship flat rate priority @
$8.10, you can ship upto 70 lbs. in the box. It's still a deal over what
you can buy wire for over the counter.
I'm going to try what Edwin suggest.
I've found that when trying to wind "stiff" wire like that by hand into
say a one to two foot diameter coil I do a couple of turns clockwise and
then flip the coil around so the next two turns wind counterclockwise,
then flip it again, etc.
Works for me...Try it...
Ideally, you should get one of those rigs which lets you wind the wire
without twisting it, bind it up and then collapse the "spool" to remove
the finished coil. One like this:
If you look on Ebay for "wire coiler" you'll find a couple for ~$200.
If you use Google for the same phrase, you'll find dozens (I didn't see any
prices) but, by studying the technique, I bet you could whip up your own out
of parts in your garage.
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