View Full Version : homemade rounded cables?

02-07-2003, 01:03 AM
have any of you guys tried it?

I dont' really want to cut up my ribbon cables, and I saw these for sale on directron. I could easily make these--what do you guys think of these?


(can I use a hair dryer to shrink heatshrink tubing?)

02-07-2003, 01:21 AM
Hmm, will a hairdryer get it hot enough :?:

You could always use a hot air pistol, or whatever they are called in english, they are great and is used to hot up carpets, melting ice, fixing frozen locks etc...

Just be careful not to damage the ide cable inside the heatshrink tubing.


02-07-2003, 01:27 AM
yeah, I don't know...I've never used heat shrink tubing before

can you damage ide cables with heat?

man, maybe I shoudln't be such a cheapskate and just buy some rounded cables...

02-07-2003, 02:01 AM
I agree, they aren't to expensive anyway...


02-07-2003, 02:26 AM
not as inexpensive as heat shrink tubing or electric tape :D

02-07-2003, 04:36 AM
I've used a min-blow torch

just get the flame close enough to heat it up, but not too close

02-07-2003, 05:03 AM
That's true man!


02-07-2003, 05:04 AM
it'll work a hell of a lot better than a hair-dryer :thumb:

02-07-2003, 05:36 AM
Dont be such a cheap skate :P rounded cables arent even that expensive these days :) plus if you bugger your cables up then you have to buy more, remember time is money :)

02-07-2003, 05:46 AM
they're really cheap on compgeeks.com!


anyone know of a better price?

02-07-2003, 05:19 PM
hehe. when i first saw rounded cables i tried doing it.
i got some spare ide cables and started the split in the groove and peeled it down. i stikky taped it up and tried it out.
it didnt work but that may have just been my shoddy craftmanship, i really wasnt going on quality more on time....

pc case gear has some selling for $18AUD ($9USD) for 60 cm ones so thats not a bad price.


02-07-2003, 05:21 PM
whoa! the ones at Comp Geeks are ****eloads cheaper!


02-07-2003, 05:48 PM
Nah, mod your own - then when you screw it up, go buy the proper rounded cable. :)

02-08-2003, 12:01 AM
so are you saying I need to try modding my own and fail just everyone else before shelling out the cash and buying real ones? :rolleyes:

02-08-2003, 12:40 AM
The cheapest I've found are here...;)

Mr. C
02-08-2003, 10:17 AM
so are you saying I need to try modding my own and fail just everyone else before shelling out the cash and buying real ones? :rolleyes:

Who failed:?:
My homemade rounded cables work great.
OK, not as pretty -- but they transfer data as good as any.

02-08-2003, 10:55 AM
I think that he's worried about the look thru his window. ;)

Go get the pre-done ones as ya can get them in any length to suit most setups (I use a 12" one for my HDD/s and an 18" one for the ROM drives) but be warned that ones longer than 18" can cause probs as they are "out of spec" cables. :devil win

02-08-2003, 08:20 PM
it's all about the look... :D

so the signal degrades after 18" or so?

02-08-2003, 08:48 PM
Yes and that's why the standard was set at 18". ;)

:beer: :beer: :beer:

02-13-2003, 07:40 AM
got 'em a my local computer show last weekend.

LOTS more room!

I'll post pics soon...

it'll be nice once serial ATA gets more popular though

02-24-2003, 12:25 AM
I never had a problem with making my own....split them, wrap em with electrical tape, and get a length of wire loom from your local auto parts store....works great, looks better. my 2 cents

03-03-2003, 09:03 PM
Actually, I have a neat little way to do rounded IDE cables w/o cutting them or using electrical tape. All you need is some split loom tubing (can be had at car stores) and <strike>some</strike> a lot of pull ties. Do a W fold on the IDE lengths (do one section at a time) and then slip the tubing over the cable. Now start at one end of the section and work in one direction from their using the pull ties every so often. For the shorter length on the IDE part 2-3 is usually good enough; for the longer section, 5-6 is what you wanna use.