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Ever heard of Bing Rewards? No? That’s too bad. Even if you don’t like Bing you can still spend a few minutes using it each day to quickly rack up rewards points that can be cashed in for free Amazon gift cards, Hulu Plus subscriptions, XBOX Live subscriptions and several other prizes. Getting it set-up is easy. Using it takes anywhere from two to ten minutes a day depending on how much you decide to abuse the system, and believe me it’s easy to abuse. In the past three months of use I’ve cashed in several $5.00 Amazon Gift vouchers and padded out my Hulu Plus subscription through the end of the year. I’d much rather spend a few minutes each day doing bogus searches on a search engine I don’t even like to use than spend hours doing surveys to earn pennies towards the same kind of rewards you can get from Bing Rewards.

Bing Rewards

Getting the hang of Bing Rewards can be a little confusing at first. That’s what this guide is meant to address. I’ll show you the basic set-up, how to quickly earn points, how to cash those points in, and how to avoid getting your account banned for abusing the system. Did I mention I’m going to show you how to abuse the system? Well I am.

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Making Your Own Instrument Cables – Part 2

Updated Information

I had a chance to go through another instrument cable crafting session and used the traditional method for clamping the ground lug to the cable and shielding braid this time.  This method makes for a stronger connection since the lug is clamping to the tough outer insulator of the cable instead of the shielding braid. I thought I’d make a mini tutorial on doing it this way to compliment my other guide. This guide will be linked to from the other guide as an alternate method. Let’s get started.

Stripping the Cable

This time we’ll be stripping the cable a little differently. See the following illustration. This photo is a bit clearer than the one in the other guide. You can clearly see the different layers that have been stripped. First we removed about 3/4″ from the outer insulator only. Then we fanned out the copper braid that was exposed by pulling it all one direction around the cable and then the other direction until it was fanned out all the way to the orange insulator. Then we pulled it all to one side and twisted it together into a single lead.Next we stripped the tip down to the core wire just enough to make a good lead for connecting to the hot lug on the plug. Then we removed the thin black layer of conductive insulation to expose the non-conductive clear plastic insulation below. This is important to keep from shorting the circuit.

Stripping the Cable

Stripping the Cable

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Making Your Own Instrument Cables

Overview

This project is a continuation of the Homemade Pedal Board project. Once a pedal board is constructed you need good quality patch cables to hook all of your pedals together with. You can buy these pre-made, but finding good quality cables can be tricky. To avoid this I decided to make my own with components I knew were of good quality. The details of this project can be applied to making patch cables or full size instrument cables.

Selecting the Components

The Cable:

I chose a Japanese instrument cable called Canare GS-6. This is a very widely used quality cable that comes at a very reasonable price. As an alternate, Mogami cable of similar construction is also considered a very high quality cable.
http://store.haveinc.com/p-49639-canare-gs6-instrument-cable-coax-18awg-oxygen-free-cut.aspx

The Tips:

I chose to go with Switchcraft, a quality US manufacturer for the tips. These tips are widely used in quality cables. The straight tips are pretty well priced, but the 90 degree tips are about twice the price. They are still worth it to me.
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Switchcraft-226-Right-Angled-1-4–Phone-Jack-335001-i1128968.gc
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Switchcraft-280-1-4–Straight-Phone-Plug-101272409-i1128973.gc

Heatshrink Tubing:

I chose a 3:1 heatshrink tubing to seal my connections after assembly. 3:1 gives you plenty of room to slip it into place and still shrinks up nice and tight.
http://store.haveinc.com/p-55326-techflex-31-heatshrink-3-8in-bla-25ft.aspx

Other Materials:

  1. Cable Strippers: for stripping multiple layers of the cable
  2. Soldering Iron and supplies: for soldering your cable to the tips
  3. Needle Nosed Pliers: for crimping your ground connection from the plug to the cable
  4. Hot Glue Gun: for potting the electrical connection after soldering
  5. Knives, scissors, rulers: for measuring and cutting your materials
  6. Heat gun, or lighter: something to shrink the tubing

Assembling the Cable:

Measuring Your Cable:

The first thing you want to do is determine how long your cable needs to be. In this example I’m going to be making a 12″ patch cable with one straight tip and one angled tip. To start, I’ll use my 4 foot straightedge to measure off 14″ of cable.

Measuring

Measuring

We are measuring 2″ longer than we need to account for the cable that will be housed inside of the tip casing.

You can go ahead and cut your heatshrink tubing as well. You’ll need 1-1/2″ sections for the angled connectors and 2″ sections for the straight connections.

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