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Old 13th March 2004, 03:30 PM   #1
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Default using 14 gauge inductor unrolled for speaker wire under carpet??

Good idea?

Bad idea?

seems like it makes a certain amount of sense to just unroll a copper 14 gauge inductor and use flat under the carpet.

is it too delicate?

anybody got a good idea of how they calculate the length?

Or would it be more cost effective to use some off the shelf product.

Most of the flat wiring is somewhat expensive, this seemed like it might be an inexpensive alternative.

Any input appreciated

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Old 13th March 2004, 03:37 PM   #2
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Solid core wire is generally not used for speaker wiring. If you have a pad under your carpet just cut a channel and run the normal wire in it.
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Old 13th March 2004, 03:47 PM   #3
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Another speaker wire debate brewing here?

You have a good idea there. Do it.
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Old 13th March 2004, 03:50 PM   #4
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IMHO, bad idea. Inductor wire insulation is just a coat of varnish. It would take very little rubbing to scrape it off. You will have shorts where the wire cross. Even with good insulation, I would never run wire under carpet. 12ga speaker wire is relatively cheap. I've used SoundKing from PE.
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Old 13th March 2004, 03:59 PM   #5
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Hi,

What about 40 strands computer flat cable as used for IDE?

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Old 13th March 2004, 04:03 PM   #6
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Solid core wire is generally not used for speaker wiring
Hey, i've been in the wrong for years then. I wonder if my speakers are irreparably damaged now.
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Old 13th March 2004, 04:18 PM   #7
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The computer cable is also a good idea although it may make a little bulge in the carpet. Dont worry about the insulation wearing off - just use some duct tape where and if the foil needs to cross.

You might be able to find some heavy copper foil at a metals supplier. Recently a friend bought a 3" x 16' thin copper strip at such a place.
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Mark,

I think Ken is asking if one of those flat conductor aircore inductors that are used in crossovers can be unraveled and used as speaker cable. He would like to take advantage of the flat conductor to run underneath a carpet. It may work but the insulation on the flat conductor used in those chokes is very thin. I think at a $1.50/foot, 14 awg and .006 thiness, the DeCORP high performance FLT series may be a better choice. The url is http://www.decorp.com/news/archived/onsale.html
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Beware.
Home owners insurance policy may have a clause in wording about non ULR aprroved wire install in the walls ect.

I would use In wall wire or a Flat wire that is ULR approved.
Just to cover you A$$.
If you are not concered about it use what you can get that will go the flatest.
Flat wire found at FuterShop,Circut city,PE will do just fine

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I think Ken is asking if one of those flat conductor aircore inductors that are used in crossovers can be unraveled and used as speaker cable.
Hmm, that makes sense. Have used this as an experiment, but not under the carpet. Most of these coils use bare non-isolated copper strip, at least the ones I have disassembled I glued the copper strips side by side with double sided adhesive tape from 3M between two cut strips of 0.2 mm mylar. Total thickness was app. 0.7 mm.

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