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Forgetting to put the jack cover on the cable before soldering up the plug.

I am 56. Been making cables since I was a wee lad. Today like many days before I needed to redo an end, this time replacing an xlr end of a xlr to xlr cable to trs 1/4" on two cables. I made the first one perfectly and set it aside to do the second one. I was admiring my wonderful soldering job when I noticed, crap, the sleeve / cover was sitting on the bench with a big smile on it's face as if to say, "did it again dude". After all these years, you still will do this at least once in a batch of cables.

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Don.t blame it on age. I get this aswell. Happens because it's a automated task.
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Don.t blame it on age. I get this aswell. Happens because it's a automated task.
I'm not blaming it on age. I'm making the assertion that by this time you would think I would have this automated procedure down and relatively mistake free.

But no.
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As long as they are only XLR and 1/4" and not a PL259:



You should try them.... From my experience I can tell you, after 10 finished jacks without cover you will have learned to put the cover on the cable as the first step....
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Lessons learned

Once, while I was terminating a weatherproof assembly (outside) over an open conduit, I failed to consider that the components might slide down the 6' whip and disappear into the abyss, which is precisely what happened. Once, and only once! Now, the first thing I do is create an 8" loop and secure it with a cable tie. It was a good lesson This is one of the ways we learn.
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Yup, never fails to happen once in a while.. especially when the job seems to go soo smoothly and quickly on a TRS 1/8" mini plug.
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"Experience is learning from your mistakes...."
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One of my least favorite things in the world is soldering TT's. But the sleeves on Switchcraft TT's, God bless 'em, slide on from the front.
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I am 56. Been making cables since I was a wee lad. Today like many days before I needed to redo an end, this time replacing an xlr end of a xlr to xlr cable to trs 1/4" on two cables. I made the first one perfectly and set it aside to do the second one. I was admiring my wonderful soldering job when I noticed, crap, the sleeve / cover was sitting on the bench with a big smile on it's face as if to say, "did it again dude". After all these years, you still will do this at least once in a batch of cables.

don't worry, wait until you really get old...

JR
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In the spirit of "can you top this", even with a couple of decades on you, I am still doing that.
But 3-pin XLR is trivial until you have spent all morning wiring up an 81-pin TV camera cable and then seeing the shell sitting on the bench.

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I blame it on the solder fumes... but man, I hate when it happens.
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Yep, happens to me a couple of times a year. For the last 50 years.
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Its all in developing a routine. If you made cables all day long you'd begin by placing the covers on the cords first then moving to soldering.
As is you only make them occasionally and focus on the work instead of the complete process.

It has little to do with age either, its more about thinking the job through before you do the work visualizing each step. If you just go at it your work gets ahead of the task list and you screw up. I suppose you could blame it on mental laziness more then anything else. It can happen to anyone too. I been a tech for over 40 years and even with all the years I spend swinging a soldering iron I still screw up every so often. Cause is always the same too, I didn't spend time prepping and thinking things through and simply went at it. You know the actual work is stupid simple so you use no brain power at all and skip the simplest rule #1 which is to plan your work before you begin the work and get nailed every time.
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Been there. Done that. Got the T-Shirt.
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Once, every time I solder cables. Usually the first one.
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Ah, that old chestnut. Yes it seems to happen if you only make cables when you need them.

I wrote a list of steps to stop this happening. It starts with:

1. PUT THE BOOT ON THE CABLE
Old 5 days ago
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I've had my ham ticket for over 25 years.... I've made that mistake (more than) a few times. I just cut the connector off and start over when that happens.

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As long as they are only XLR and 1/4" and not a PL259:



You should try them.... From my experience I can tell you, after 10 finished jacks without cover you will have learned to put the cover on the cable as the first step....
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In the spirit of "can you top this", even with a couple of decades on you, I am still doing that.
But 3-pin XLR is trivial until you have spent all morning wiring up an 81-pin TV camera cable and then seeing the shell sitting on the bench.

We have a winner.
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In the spirit of "can you top this", even with a couple of decades on you, I am still doing that.
But 3-pin XLR is trivial until you have spent all morning wiring up an 81-pin TV camera cable and then seeing the shell sitting on the bench.
You're not the only one to make that mistake!
I wasn't there, but my brother was.
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I do this myself at least one out of ten times
Don't see it changing anytime soon
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I'm not blaming it on age. I'm making the assertion that by this time you would think I would have this automated procedure down and relatively mistake free.

But no.
Nope. Soldered my first XLR in about 1977. Missed the required bits off the cable while making up some interconnects last week.

In my defense, I had the England-Croatia match on at the same time. At least I have a defense, unlike.......
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In the spirit of "can you top this", even with a couple of decades on you, I am still doing that.
But 3-pin XLR is trivial until you have spent all morning wiring up an 81-pin TV camera cable and then seeing the shell sitting on the bench.

So you made a new 2-part shell, right.......?
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So you made a new 2-part shell, right.......?
...Well, I guess it WOULD take fewer "man-hours" to employ a Dremel Tool and some JB Weld (while cursing under your breath).
I DO know from experience that when building a new XLR cable (if you still have the other end to do), its quicker to feed the other end of a 100-foot cable through the missing part.

...Of course the new designs are set up so you can put all the parts on after soldering (which just makes you forget when using the old style).
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