Instructions

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Welcome to the Sinasoid Sliver patch cable instructional page! This little plug is a beast, and we're so excited to be able to offer it.

Starting out, the tools that are required are a soldering iron, good solder, wire cutters, a wire stripper of some form, a flathead screwdriver, a sharp hobby knife (we use X-ACTOs), and a little patience. The Sliver is not a difficult plug to wire, but it does require some finesse. Tools that are highly recommended are a vice to hold the plug while you're working, needle nose pliers, and gloves for better grip when sealing the plug. If you have heat shrink in your DIY kit, you'll also need a heat gun.

An important note is to add 2.5" to the length of the cable desired, as each side uses about 1.25" in the plug.

Strip each part of the cable according to the measurements shown in the photo. Expose the shield with about 1/4" remaining, and trim it down cleanly. Make sure to slice and peel back the thin, conductive black plastic around the core conductor as close to the ground as possible, and strip the inner core to just above the remaining shielding.

Tin the inner core cleanly with solder, and fit the barrel housing over the outer cable jacket with the threaded part of the barrel facing up. Be sure to fit the inside seat of the barrel against the outer jacket of your cable. Only the tinned portion of the cable should protrude from the barrel.

Slide the compression clamp into the barrel around the cable core, with the wider part of the clamp facing down. The clamp should sit and wrap snugly around the top of the shielding strands. Press the compression clamp down firmly.

With the clamp seated inside the barrel, slide the cable assembly into the open ring of the plug. Push firmly inward, and screw on the housing about 80% of the way. It's helpful to have a vice to hold the plug in place during this step. You'll feel some resistance as the compression clamp closes around the shielding.

Set the tinned core around the plug's solder turrent (the central post of the plug) and push the core inward around the center turret. We use a flathead screwdriver to firmly seat the tinned core into the groove of the solder turret. Screw the barrel in to set the components into place. Then, solder the cable’s conductor onto the connector post. We typically set the tip of the solder iron on the turret (near the copper plug core) and allow solder to flow and dribble down the side of the solder turret, to prevent melting the cable.

Once the solder has set, unscrew the barrel just enough to fit the plastic cap, and re-tighten the barrel once the cap is flush with the rest of the plug. Use rubber gloves or a firm grip to make sure the housing is screwed on tight.

We highly recommend adding heat shrink over the housing to provide additional strain relief. All Sinasoid DIY Patch Cable Kits come packed with heat shrink. After that, you’re all done! If you still have questions, feel free to email us!