Re-Wiring Clothes Iron Using Closed end Caps


Postby DLA23 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:41 pm

Hi
As is often the case the cable on our iron got badly twisted after a while so I decided to re-wire it. I bought some cable & then discovered that in order to remove the casing I needed to undo some triangle headed screws. So I bought me a suitable screwdriver and then later discovered the the original cable was connected to the internal wiring by way of closed end caps. So I need closed end caps but have no idea what size (for cable thickness) they should be.
There's plenty on Amazon but some are measured in mm & others in AWG.
I have the standard cable for the job but don't know which size end cap will fit.
Any suggestions?
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Postby Mr White » Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:58 pm

The crimps (You called them "Closed end caps") should be of a size suitable for the cable AND the amount of current the appliance will draw. Too small and they will melt. You must also secure them with a ratchet crimper to ensure a secure connection.
Also as its a clothes iron you can not use "any old flex" it has to be cotton braided flex. (Anything else will mark the clothes, believe it or not)
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Postby DLA23 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:24 am

Mr White wrote:The crimps (You called them "Closed end caps") should be of a size suitable for the cable AND the amount of current the appliance will draw. Too small and they will melt. You must also secure them with a ratchet crimper to ensure a secure connection.
Also as its a clothes iron you can not use "any old flex" it has to be cotton braided flex. (Anything else will mark the clothes, believe it or not)

Yes, I realise that the crimps should be of suitable size & that was my question: What is a suitable size for standard, cotton braided flex?
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Postby Mr White » Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:49 pm

As I am not present, I can only reply to the information you type.
There is no such thing as standard size flex, which size did you buy? or do you have a link to the place that you purchased it from?
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Postby DLA23 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:45 pm

Hi
Well, I went to an electrical outlet & purchased 3m of cable for an iron. It's cotton braided & I (perhaps innocently) assumed that there is a standard cable for irons. But I don't know the size of the individual wires in respect of AWG and that's what the crimps are measured for.
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Postby ericmark » Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:01 am

This is a UK based forum, we today use mm squared to show cable sizes not American Wire Gauge so we really can't help. We have 0.75 mm, 1 mm, 1.5 mm, 2.5 mm, 4 mm and 6 mm cables likely you would buy 1 mm to 2.5 mm and that likely means red or blue crimps.

But if your using AWG cable I would assume your in USA and your voltage is different to ours so really you need a USA forum.
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