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Post  AUoptimist on Thu Dec 22, 2011 2:24 pm

DIY Coil Cable/Plug Stabiliser. On_axi11
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Hi folks,
ADJUSTABLE ON AXIS COIL CABLE STABILISER.
A month or so back on this forum there was a post with pictures of a device to prevent any false signalling from coil cable/plug movement at the control box.
The poster, Detectoraid I think, suggested this device or a similar cable restrainer is a worthwhile addition to a detector to minimise or prevent false signals caused from cable or plug movement when the detector is bumped against something solid.
Being house/shed bound for the last week or so due to bad weather I decided to have a go at a DIY coil cable stabiliser.
The design that I settled on allows for the device to be positioned anywhere between the grip and the control box, immediately behind the plug gives the best support.
The cable support hole in the device is positioned on-axis with the socket on the control box; this prevents any distortion in the cable that may cause problems.
The device is simple to use once in position, the clamp screws are tensioned sufficiently to allow the device to be swung out of the way to allow easy access to the socket on the control box, once the coil plug is firmly tightened the device is swung back and the cable inserted into the slot and the retaining flap is locked into position securing the cable.
A slot on the opposite side holds the quick track button cable in position.
The device is quite easy to make, all you require is a piece of plastic or similar material about 80x40x12 mm a bit of scrap 3mm plastic and three small stainless steel self-tappers.
The 22.5mm hole might cause a bit of grief for those wishing to build this project, the correct sized drill makes the job simple and easy, it also makes a clean square sided hole that evenly grips the upper shaft when tightened up firmly and prevents any unwanted movement.
For those us that either know or suspect that they may be experiencing false signalling through coil cable/plug movement this could well be a worthwhile project.
Cheers, Auoptimist.

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Post  Ash100456 on Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:02 pm

Congrats, Your DIY is great. Never personally had a noticable problem with the cable but your design really addresses all concievable issues. Well thought through, Well done.
Cheers
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Post  AUoptimist on Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:10 pm

Thanks Ashley
It,s surprising what you can come up with when the weather and other factors keep you shed bound, particularly if it makes life more pleasurable when your out swinging.
Thanks again for the comments.
Cheers, AUoptimist.

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Post  Guest on Thu Dec 22, 2011 4:36 pm

AUoptimist,

Looks good.. very satisfying to make something that does the job..

Nice Very Happy

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Post  artrix on Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:46 pm

Looks good and professionally made ....maybe you should sell them?

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Post  Guest on Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:51 pm

Hi, looks like a professional made component. Very well done. Are you interested in making any more? I have used electrical tape to try and hold my cables secure but every time I change a coil I have to redo tape, bit of a hassle. For those out there who wonder why something is needed, just touch the cable ever so slightly and if your machine is like mine and most others out there you will get interference and noise through your headphones/speaker. very anoying after a while.

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Post  AUoptimist on Fri Dec 23, 2011 10:20 am

Hi ARARAT ARTIX & TRAVELERGOLD,
Thanks for the comments on the cable stabiliser, as to whether I would start making them in numbers is a good question, while they are not too difficult to make they are quite time consuming with all the cutting, drilling and polishing; to answer the question, at this point in time probably not.
Cheers and a merry Christmas to all.
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Post  ron allen on Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:29 am

Hi Auoptimist. saw your wonderful invencen . Imade 4 two for me &2for a friend. Hope you dont mind me copeing. tried them out friday & saturday work very well. sorry no gold.

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Post  xenon on Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:41 pm

Brilliant AUoptimist, just brilliant.....Will have to make one of them for myself
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Post  detectoraid on Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:16 pm

Nice work Auoptimist!

Here is a great thread with several examples of DIY cable stabilizers. Many use off the shelf parts that you just may have on hand.


http://www.nuggetshooter.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=18252
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