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    So what are some of the "Little Things" you never think of when you're ordering drivers that you're inevitably going to have to run to the hardware store and hope to find?

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    Oh, gosh ... how come I never have enough (or exactly the right size/type) crimp connectors?

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    • #3
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      Radio Shack emergency runs:

      Gold plated banana connector terminal cups
      Euro-style terminal strips
      Internal 16 or 18 gauge wiring

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      • #4
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        Fastons (Like 50 said, good luck getting the perfect sizes too).
        Gasket tape. I use the stuff Meniscus sells because it's only 1/16" thick and it compresses enough so that you don't have to factor it into your driver recess measurements.
        The correct mounting bolts. You kinda have to plan this in advance. Are you using wood screws or machine bolts?? Again I think MENISCUS has a nice selection of these.

        Usually when I order drivers it means that I have a build in mind, so I also might buy Terminal Cups or Binding Posts. I'll look at the port tubes just in case there's the perfect one for my build. That never happens though and I usually end up using Schedule-40 PVC. I like Dayton Sonic Barrier and I never seem to have enough of it laying around, so that might be another cart entry when I'm purchasing drivers. Before you know it, you're easily spending enough $$$ to get free shipping from PE....YAY!! :applause:
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        • #5
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          Don,

          That reminds me - Steve @ Apex has 4 Section Euro terminals (large ones) - 3 for a buck. These have no trouble at all with 16AWG wire and can do larger wire as well. I find these easier to work with than the small ones from the shack.

          You have to scroll pretty far down the page: http://apexjr.com/new.htm
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          • #6
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            Ditto for me for items 2 and 3. In fact I just stopped at Radio Shack yesterday to pick up a couple of the Euro-style terminal strips while making a run to Home Depot.



            Paul

            Originally posted by donradick View Post
            Radio Shack emergency runs:

            Gold plated banana connector terminal cups
            Euro-style terminal strips
            Internal 16 or 18 gauge wiring

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            • #7
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              Don't forget a pair of these bad boys: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000J36XR2/

              Only between $13K and $14K on amazon!

              Nah but seriously, the propper fastener hardware, solder, hook up wire, etc...
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              • #8
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                Crimp on spade connectors for internal wiring
                fasteners/bolts/tee nuts
                terminals
                solder
                lunch

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                • #9
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                  Originally posted by scardeal View Post
                  Crimp on spade connectors for internal wiring
                  FYI, JL Audio sells boxes of quick-disconnect terminals for 16AWG, 12AWG, and 8AWG wire. They're not insulated, but they're nice because they have three sizes of female for each.

                  IIRC they were clearing out packs with 30 or so of each size (190 total) for around $10 a box. Perhaps they still are.

                  They're nicely-built terminals. Thin enough to be easy to crimp with a hand-crimper, thick enough to hold on once crimped. Only real complaint is that the plastic blister is secured with metal inserts, so you need a screwdriver to open it.
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                  • #10
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                    Make sure I have enough solder. Sandpaper in the various grits, and more hot glue sticks! Before I start cutting, I get some replacement cartridges for my particulate respirator. Cheap and easy to replace; simple thing for protecting your lungs, especially cutting/routing MDF. Keeping the correct lube for my router bits that have bearings. Enough of that cleaning sauce for the bits and saw blades. I've amassed a large selection of different screws, both machine thread and coarse thread. I replenish my stock of crimp-terminals and make sure I have enough shrink-tubing in the appropriate sizes. I use the shrink-tube over the crimp connectors and any directly-soldered joints...I also use it for polarity ID or color-coding so I know which wires go to which driver(s). Do I have enough wood glue and epoxy? Are my tools in good working order? Anything questionable or broken? Recheck my order, are there any items that I could stock up on? Caps, coils, resistors, terminal cups/binding posts? How about stuffing or egg-crate foam, maybe some grill cloth or those liitle magnets you can attach a grill with. Finishing supplies such as tung oil, clean wiping cloths, gel stain and gel poly top-coats. Oh, a good supply of utility knife/razor blades and/or Xacto knife blades. Nothing can ruin a veneer trim faster than a dull razor-knife blade.


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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by johnastockman View Post
                      .... Keeping the correct lube for my router bits that have bearings. Enough of that cleaning sauce for the bits and saw blades.

                      I have enough shrink-tubing in the appropriate sizes. I use the shrink-tube over the crimp connectors and any directly-soldered joints...I also use it for polarity ID or color-coding so I know which wires go to which driver(s).

                      Caps, coils, resistors, terminal cups/binding posts?
                      John H

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                      • #12
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                        these
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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by r-carpenter View Post
                          these
                          http://www.amazon.com/Images-SI-Inc-...=cm_cr_pr_pb_t
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                          Damn, they're all out >_>

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                          • #14
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                            A new dishwasher. This is a lot quicker than trying again to fix the old junk heap. That way I actually have time to do some DIY.

                            John

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                            • #15
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                              "All The Little Things..." is something my wife tells me when I start to open my mouth about anything speaker related.

                              But, for some reason a project is not complete unless it involves a few unplanned trips to Lowe's.
                              If we all reacted the same way, we'd be predictable, and there's always more than one way to view a situation.
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                              It's slow death.

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