Yeah it does appear to be coated though. Solder job looks allright. But I've noticed a lot of folks on these boards don't know very much about electronics. I have taken some classes on it and can't claim to know a whole lot either. But I know a little more than some people I've seen posting.
Originally posted by Morning Call
the pic on the main page loooks like hes using magnet wire
solder job isss badddd
The funniest thing I've seen lately is "if you're having problems with magic 3 installation, try adding more wires to ground". That is the stupidest thing I've seen so far haha it made me laugh. One wire is enough. Only reason to add more is if one breaks off I'd guess hahah and some of the people modding might want to because they don't get proper flow on some points.
Also needing to use thicker guage wire for +5V and GND is ok. I mean it works. But it isn't necessary. I had a guy telling me 1/2 of an amp goes through there and I looked up the rating for 30awg nickel plated copper wire (which is what Radio Shack sells) and it is rated to 2 AMPS. So why need to use 22awg there? My magic2 install has worked fine ever since the day I put it in.
Oh also last thing I'll point out.. Wire length. I mean, you're going only less than 1 foot and got people saying "make sure your wires are no longer than 2" for gnd and +3V and +5V". What a crock. I know that these "pro installers" do this, but come on. Some of this is going a bit too far. Someone needs to read an electronics book. Or at least look at the circuit and think for a minute. I do the installs now with 22awg on +5V and GND any more just so nobody will have anything to complain about. Also I make those wires less than 1". But realistically there's really no need. I just do it so if someone cracks the system open after some time, they won't be able to blame me for not doing those things that have been posted all over the net. You should be able to go well over a foot in wire length with 30awg wire to do the connections. No big deal. I think people just blame bad installations on things other than their bad solder connections haha.
But yeah I wouldn't use that kind of wire that's on the main page. I don't really trust the coating so much. But then again, it's probably harder to break that coating than the stuff on this radio shack wire. Next time I buy wire, I'm buying my 30awg wire wrapping from Fry's Electronics. Their coating looks stronger than the cheap crap radio shack sells.
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