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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 11:05 am    Post subject: Solid Tinned Copper at Mouser? Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

I am placing an order at Mouser but I'm not sure which Solid Tinned Copper I should order. I need this wire to make some connections on my SWAMP boards and will use it to for ground/buss wiring: see pict.
First I did not find this kind of wire at Mouser (I know they have it but when I make the search I only get coaxial or flat cable) and also I do not know which diameter I should take!
Would #22 be OK? Or is it still to thin (though it has to go through the board holes).
A Mouser reference would be ideal thumbs up thumbs up thumbs up

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

tinned wire is not needed, plain copper is fine. i think 22ga. works.

on at least on of my builds, i used 24ga but stripped a bunch of 22ga wire, cut the empty insullation to 7/8" pieces, and used it on alternating buss lines, to ensure that adjacent lines would not short. overkill, i'm sure, but that's how i roll...

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

It's called "bus wire" or "bus bar wire". It is tinned solid wire with no insulation.

http://www.mouser.com/Wire-Cable/Hook-up-Wire/_/N-5ggs?Keyword=bus+wir e&FS=True

The diameter depends on the size of the holes in the board. The hole should be slightly larger than the wire size. I use these three sizes for various purposes. The 20 ga. fits in larger holes intended for wires. The 22ga. fits in most component holes. The 24 ga. is fairy thin and I usually use it just for jumpers.

AWG dia.(inches) dia.(mm)

20 0.0320" 0.812 mm
22 0.0253" 0.644 mm
24 0.0201" 0.511 mm

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

fluxmonkey wrote:
tinned wire is not needed, plain copper is fine. i think 22ga. works.

on at least on of my builds, i used 24ga but stripped a bunch of 22ga wire, cut the empty insullation to 7/8" pieces, and used it on alternating buss lines, to ensure that adjacent lines would not short. overkill, i'm sure, but that's how i roll...


I've never seen bus wire that wasn't tinned. While you could make your own plain copper wire by stripping insulated wire, as you did. Most "plain copper wire" is actually insulated with clear varnish. It's for winding custom solenoids, inductors, and such.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Thanx a lot to all for the infos. it helped me thumbs up
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