Kind of like telling people their baby is ugly - Tactical Ninja
Apr. 5th, 2013
10:38 am - Kind of like telling people their baby is ugly
I am about to send in a terrifyingly large order to Adafruit. This is partly because I need another 8 metres of LED strip to make the rest of the Brainfart, and partly because us here in Way The Fuck Past The End Of Nowhere Land have to pay stupidly large amounts of money for shipping, so we tend to put the word about if we're putting in orders on anything and go in together to piggy-back on each other's stuff. Anyway, the order is big enough that they are sending me a free Raspberry Pi. No, I really don't know what I'm going to do with a Raspberry Pi. Suggestions?
Ok, it's time to play "Guess What That Thing Is!"
Is it rave spaghetti? Is it the remains of Freddy the Disco Clown? Did my toaster have an unfortunate encounter with my blender?
It's My First Wiring Loom. Aw, isn't it cute?
Well, um, ok it's not. And it probably won't grow up to be Miss Wiring Loom Universe either. But BUT! I have rationalisations!
1. "How to make a wiring loom" tutorials on the internet are almost without fail about motorbikes and cars, and give you finished products that look like this:
So basically I've had to work out how to do this for myself.
2. Heatshrink is awesome but with so many sticky-outy wires being all up in its grill, the longest bit I've used is about 2.5cm long. It's bitsy.
3. I haven't put the connectors on yet. You can see on the right-hand end where that's started. Being a "Learn as you go along" sort of girl, I think for the next ones I'll put the connectors on first and do the attachments to the main cable after. I suspect that'll be tidier.
4. I have tested the connections and they work.
5. Eventually, the whole lot will be covered in hot glue, wrapped in electrician's tape, and covered by leather. This bit is designed to just sit there and do its job, so it won't be moving around or being fiddled with once it's made (she says, in the full knowledge that any one of those connections breaking could lead to days of fault finding).
So, um, nyah?
I have sheep to shear tomorrow. I think I remember how to do it. Gotta be easier than jackhammering, right?