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Vampire plugs question

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So I just made my first 2 vampire cords... and think I missed something. I was originally under the impression that female plugs (Not lamp sockets) could be a "pass through," eg have more then one on the cord. Apparently not, or the ones I got from CDI are not that kind. Do these exist? I was looking to make a cord for my mini trees, I have 3 mini trees per ch (50ct minis per tree), so I know it's not too much of a draw. Using SPT1. Thanks!

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I'm not aware of any female plugs designed that way. However, many folks around here (myself included) use nippers or wire cutters to cut away the shoulder on one side of the plug so that it can be used exactly as you described.

Somewhere around here there's a link to a "how-to" with photos. I'll try to find it.

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Action Lighting's latest version of the female receptacle has a score molded into the end so you can bend it and break it off easily with a pair of needle-nose pliers or something similiar. I posted a photo of one in this thread...

http://talk.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php?t=25727&highlight=action+vampire

I hope that helps.....

Randy

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Since the "how too" is already posted, I'll chime in and say that I've made countless 'multi plug' cords this year. Man I wish I had jumped on board with vampire plugs and bulk wire YEARS ago! I even made a couple cords with the MALE plug in the middle, rather than on one end.

I used a dremel tool with a cut-off wheel to take out the notch on the plugs. Mine are from Action, but prior to the new style that has the break out tab.

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Thanks, Mike! That's the exact link I was trying to hunt down for pmcpa. It's one of the most helpful "how to's" I've encountered.

As always, it's my pleasure.

Side bar: I was speaking with a writer the other day (one who does it professionally). I really want to know what changed in me within the past few years... I remember (way back) when I was in high school/college that I absolutely HATED writing anything. I dreaded it. I mean, make me sick kind of thing... Then all of a sudden I actually started to enjoy writing articles/faqs/whatevers.

I really need to figure out what changed and bottle it. Teachers and students alike would love me forever!

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I would guess it because you're writing about something you already know about and enjoy writing about and sharing the knowledge of. How many of us can really say that we thoroughly enjoyed writing papers about Homer's Iliad? (I didn't)

I had a teacher in 11th grade who understood this and was one of the best teachers I ever had

Side bar: I was speaking with a writer the other day (one who does it professionally). I really want to know what changed in me within the past few years... I remember (way back) when I was in high school/college that I absolutely HATED writing anything. I dreaded it. I mean, make me sick kind of thing... Then all of a sudden I actually started to enjoy writing articles/faqs/whatevers.

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