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Subject: [Spridgets] Heater cable rebuild
From: Frank Clarici <spritenut@comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2007 18:09:54 -0400
For 58 thru 67 Spridgets.

I have a couple of cut off heater cables and they were useless and made 
of unobtainium. So I thought I would make one or 2 out of the junk I have.
2 of my cables had been cut at the heater so the inner cable was too 
short. I had a lawn mower cable with a solid strand in it. Iused that as 
the new cable but the original had a steel ball on the switch end.
How to put a steel ball on a steel cable?
I welded a blob to the cable, ground it semi round and it works just fine.
You have to take the original cable apart.
Put the cable sheath in a vise. Heat the switch/cable coupling with a 
torch to unsolder it. Gently pull up on the switch with a twist motion 
once the solder is soft. Now the inner cable can be removed from the 
switch end. Watch the small twist stop, it is just a peg and can be 
removed by lining up the holes on the back of the switch and pushing it 
out through the larger hole.
Fish your new welded cable through the stem of the switch and into the 
cable sheath. Grease everything up real good too.
Put the cable back in the vise, heat the coupling while pushing the 
switch part back into the solder.
Be advised that when you weld on a thin solid steel cable, too much heat 
will melt the cable in an instant. (don't ask)
Use the lowest setting on a mig, and keep a good distance with short 
welds and a cooling off period in between.
I fixed one but with my melted other half of the cable, I need to find 
another lawn mower cable.
Frank Clarici
Toms River, NJ

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