I can’t be the only person to recycle cable ends

I squeeze them transversely (if the hole was a rice grain, I’d grab it by the ends and gently squeeze until it turned into a lentil), to open up the tube, then I clean up the opening with a scratch awl or corkscrew end. Or a nail. Pretty much the closest thing that might work. There’s a kind of fit curve between “can I see it from here,” and “I’ll know it when I see it.”

If the cable goes into the cap, I’ll crimp it down with the needlenose pliers. Bike shops have a special tool for it, I think, that puts a nice crease in the cap instead of mashing it willy-nilly and hoping for the best.

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7 thoughts on “I can’t be the only person to recycle cable ends”

  1. I’ve tried to re-use them, as there’s no reason not to, but couldn’t get them to open up enough to go back on. You apparently having the shin-ning for that.

  2. Heh…yep, I’ve done that. I’d always use new ones, except that I somehow loose the little buggers and am often one short. I guess I could just spend a little money and go to a little effort to buy a few hundred, but I think I’ll just wait for your tutorial and work on my technique.

  3. Use Stak-on terminals for a change of style, The other is to flux and solder . Style-up with a few shiny beads !

    1. That’s a good idea about the solder. I would like to learn how to solder basic circuits, and that seems like easy practice.
      I will look up the Stak-ons.

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