DIY Speaker Cable from single braided 12 AWG?

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  1. Stephen Hopkins

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    I have access to about as much 12AWG braided copper cable as I want for free, but it's in rolls of single conductor wire, not 2 conductors connected like standard speaker cable. I know simply running 2 lengths would work just fine, but I was wondering if there is a reasonably cost effective manner of connecting 2 lengths to make one dual conductor speaker cable?

    The idea that makes the most sense is Tech-Flex and 3-1 Heat shrink then terminate with the appropriate ends. If i did this, what size Tech-Flex would i use? Also, are the Tech-Flex sizes listed at Parts Express the expanded size or the contracted size?

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  2. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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    How ‘bout making the two singles a twisted pair? Stick one end in a bench vice, the other in an electric drill and twist away. Works great, looks cool and has better RF rejection to boot!

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    The tech-flex size listed is not explanded. You'll need measure both wires together to determine the correct size. I'm current in the process of doing the same thing. This should help:

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