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Cullen Wassell

Vampire/pin type socket question

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Does anyone know if they will pierce into modern cloth-covered wire on their own?  Or would I have to "help" them by making a tiny starting slit in the cloth braid with, say, an exacto knife?

I found some beautiful red/green cloth-covered twisted wire online, and some beautiful vintage reproduction round plugs on the same website, and CDI has bakelite C7/C9 vampire/pin type sockets designed for twisted wire.  Yeah, I've got ideas alright...

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My concern with that would be if the cloth gets wet it will short across the posts.

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You guys are thinking of the normal green poly sockets for zipcord. The sockets in question here that CDI sells are black bakelite twist-on sockets with pins to pierce the insulation and they are meant for twisted wire. Noveltylights sells them individually and sundial wire sells short sample pieces of all the wire they sell so I may go that route first, for testing purposes. 

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5 hours ago, qberg said:

My concern with that would be if the cloth gets wet it will short across the posts.

I would be making these sets to use inside. I wouldn't use cloth covered wire outside.

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On ‎1‎/‎5‎/‎2019 at 7:02 PM, Cullen Wassell said:

You guys are thinking of the normal green poly sockets for zipcord. The sockets in question here that CDI sells are black bakelite twist-on sockets with pins to pierce the insulation and they are meant for twisted wire. Noveltylights sells them individually and sundial wire sells short sample pieces of all the wire they sell so I may go that route first, for testing purposes. 

I looked up the wire you are talking about. It is really cool looking. My inlaws have some old light strands that we put on their tree each year, that is red and green twisted wire, not cloth though mith c5 bulbs. I have always liked it and wanted some for our tree. Can you post up the results of how it works out. I would do this as well.

Thanks, Jason

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