How To Braid Wire

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6 WIRE BRAIDING

Take the 6 wires from the motor, and arrange them into 3 pairs. To braid them, first consider there's a center pair, and two outer pairs. Basically, the outer pairs alternate crossing over the center pair. For example...

Grab the left outer pair, and cross them over the center pair, so they become the new center pair.

Now grab the right outer pair..

..and cross them over the center pair, so they become the new center pair.

Now grab the left outer pair..

..and cross them over the center pair, so they become the new center pair.

Repeat as necessary.

Tips

  • Every once in a while, run your fingers up and down the braid while squeezing, to even out the braid.

  • Cut the wire ends after braiding, not before. Otherwise the wires won't line up when you wire up the connector.

  • Put heat shrink over the end of the braid before you solder up the connector.

  • Once soldered, twist the connector around until all the wires are tight, then pull the heat shrink down over it, and shrink it. The heat shrink should make a good strain relief for the connector.


8 WIRE BRAIDING

Start out with 4 pairs of wires.

Consider the inner pairs and the outer pairs.

The inner pairs cross each other and jump over and around the outer pairs, thus becoming the new outer pairs.

Repeat as necessary. Be consistent in how you braid them.

Tips

  • Every once in a while, run your fingers up and down the braid while squeezing, to even out the braid.

  • Cut and strip the wire ends after braiding. Otherwise the wires won't line up when you fan them out to the connector.

  • After wiring to connector, you can rotate the connector several turns to take up any slack between the braid and the connector.


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