Wire gauge

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  1. Marcomel79

    Marcomel79 Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys, i have some 16 gauge wire laying around and was wondering if its ok to use it for a build im doing. I know its way more than needed but ive already used it to wire the heaters and it was no problem. Is there a downside to use such big wire?
    Thanks!

    Marco
     
  2. william vogel

    william vogel Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    It’s big, it’s heavy, it’s expensive. It requires way to much heat to solder it to the other components. It only appropriate for use in the beginning of the heater chain and the secondary of the output transformer. It probably has more capacitance than smaller gauge wire. For signal wiring all the way to the output tubes grid connections, 22 or 24 gauge wires are more than sufficient for current requirements.
     
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    Thank you William. I live in norway and everything comes in variety packs, most of which you dont need.... not so easy to find some particular gauges... besides being more difficult to work with, would it be ok to use?
     
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    I will withdraw my comment. I dont see how bulkier wire would hurt, just overkill, and harder to heat for solder. Harder to heat , means excessive heat from wait time (solder)on surrounding components and board etc,. But I dont want to see you potentially damage to your amp due to my amp ignorance.
     
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    NM??:hmm:
     
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    Never mind. lol

    I dont know if the OEM wire used is for a specific reason.Like its meant to fry before doing damage to the components. Where a thicker wire wouldnt fry as quickly in that case , potentially doing board or further damage from not burning beforehand? Like a fusable link of sorts?
     
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    Oh
    Hahaha you americans love acronyms! Me too, but i constantly have to google them... just scored some 18 gauge so its all good!!
     
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    Im American, and Ialso have to google most of them
    Cheers
     
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    :rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
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    I hate "acronyms" almost as much as the insistence upon using them! :p Don't even get me going on the smugness of those who assume that others are stupid for not knowing what they mean. :nutkick: I guess on the plus side, they require folks to exercise their brains! :D It took forever to figure this one out:
    PDAMWIKT, :naughty:
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    PDAMWIKT..... @Gene Ballzz when i google it i get some indian links....
     
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    Exactly why I hate such things = EWIHST ! AICYDAFIO, PDAMWIKT = Please Don't Ask Me Why I Know This! :cheers:

    Just Helpin' :p
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    It took me a few days to figure out what :
    HNAD
    HNGD
    I almost asked.
     
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    BTW when soldering, I find it helpful clamping on a heat sink with alligator clip to protect the components from overheating. Especially when using NOS parts its a good approach and temperature wise you can feel that this makes a big difference
     
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    Thanks @StingRay85! Im doing just that right now!!
     
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    People who dont know every acronym are referred to as "acronymbicles" LOL.
     
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    SDMF

    16 gauge is nice for decent speaker runs but not so much for chassis hookup.
     
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    Only used it for the heaters. I used 18 gauge for the rest. Funny we were talking about acronyms and how i need to google constantly to find their meaning..SDMF? Im italian....
     
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