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Old 27th October 2004, 08:37 AM   #1
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TNT TTS DIY Mains Cable
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Full details of these easy to build (no soldering!) cables are at


Cable originally specified was Pirelli Screenflex S2 featuring the double shield (aluminium foil + copper braid) and two 1.5 sq.mm stranded copper conductors. People found it difficult to obtain this so Baldassari cable a single shield only was later recommended. But this cable is also not available now.

Now there is a cable that is better than both! It is perfect for making TNT TTS, and you will have a cable that is cheaper and can outperform The Reference Powercord from RA.

Two 12-gauge conductors, Teflon dielectric and jacket with double foil plus braid shield.
Three of these are braided together for the TTS.

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Belden 83802
Number of Conductors: 2
AWG: 12. Stranding: 7x20, Conductor Material: TC (Tinned Copper)
Insulation Material : Teflon® (FEP - Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene)
Outer Shield Material : Aluminum Foil-Polyester Tape/TC & Tinned Copper (Beldfoil®)
Outer Shield Coverage: 100%
Outer Jacket Material : Teflon® (Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene)
300Volt, 25 Amp
Overall Nominal Diameter: 0.303 inch (7.69mm)

TTS use Kimber style weaving similar to the Reference PowerKord by Russ Andrews; priced at £174 for 1.8 meters. TTS made with Belden 83802 you also get two levels of Teflon insulation, double foil screening and much thicker cores. So it is a worthwhile project.
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