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#1 LilysDad ONLINE  

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Posted August 09, 2012 - 09:29 PM

I didn't invent this idea. I learned it over at the "Other Place". But I thought it was clever and a money saver.

Most of us have a cable at one time or other that is old and rusty, too short or bent. The lever is still good and all you need is a new cable.

First go out to Harbor Frieght and get a plumbers snake. The second picture shows what I am talking about. It's a coiled wire 10' long that is exactly the same as the cover on a cable.

Secondly, I went to Menard's and bought a coil of 19 guage stainless steel wire. 18 guage galvanized wire would also work and be a little cheaper. Simply cut the outer cover to the appropriate length. Then cut the inner wire, insert it in the cover and bend the ends like the original.

tip* I had trouble bending Z bends on the end until I took an old pair of needle nose pliers and ground the sides of the tip narrower and parralel.

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Posted August 09, 2012 - 09:47 PM

The other place didn't invent that either, but it is a cleaver way around buying 500' feet :thumbs:

P.S. I buy covered dog run cable kits and chain kits, cut what I need and plently left over for something else down the road.Cheaper than buying by the foot most of the time.

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Posted August 09, 2012 - 10:21 PM

We cut a ton of banding wire off of appliances when we unbox them for delivery. I wonder what gauge it is. IDK what it's made of, but ive never seen any that rusted.
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Posted August 10, 2012 - 07:10 AM

Thanks for that tip MH!

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Posted August 10, 2012 - 12:06 PM

great idea!Someone makes pliers that makes a z bend. i believe briggs maybe. Has anyone installed a one wire alternator on a garden tractor? i have an old cub cadet with a sg. i would like to use the sg for starting and an alternator for charging. thanks for your input
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Posted August 10, 2012 - 02:48 PM

Thanks for the tip. Do you have a pic of the pliers?

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Posted August 19, 2012 - 11:39 PM

Pliers I've seen at a local shop by me. Not sure if he bought or made. Looked like regular pliers, but has a hole drilled into one side or jaw or something. Wonder where you would look for specialized tools for engine work? Kohler had some to sell, maybe Briggs has too?? Might have to be adealer to buy? Would make a good swap-meet seller I bet, if one can make them. Some of those cables are spring steel and very hard to bend tight ends.
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Posted August 20, 2012 - 02:07 AM

Nice vid about z bender.

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Posted August 20, 2012 - 07:11 AM

I made some cables up the other day and I bought some shrink wrap to put on them as an outer coating.
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