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By Mikeski (mikeski) on Tuesday, April 05, 2005 - 11:56 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Here is a photo tutorial for installing banana jacks into your tower, I just did this tonight it worked great.

First using a dual banana jack layout and mark the location for the holes

Next, drill the holes and grind the sharp edges off

By Mikeski (mikeski) on Tuesday, April 05, 2005 - 11:59 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Now you will need to pull some string to each hole.

You will need one of these (not necessarily one this big)

Tape some string to the end and push it up to the hole.

Hook the string and pull it out of each hole.

By Mikeski (mikeski) on Wednesday, April 06, 2005 - 12:02 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Once you have the four strings hanging out hook the wire to the other side and carefully pull it up and out of the holes.

Now just solder the jacks on the wire and insulate with shrink wrap.

By Mikeski (mikeski) on Wednesday, April 06, 2005 - 12:10 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
If you drilled the correct size hole and did not grind it too much it should be a press fit. I added some silicone II to make sure they don't come out.

Here is the finished product, no hanging wires when my speakers are removed!

Here it is with the speaker lead connected:

The fancy gold plated dual binding posts provide a little too much leverage against the binding posts, I will probably end up using individual lower profile banana jacks.

By Mikeski (mikeski) on Wednesday, April 06, 2005 - 12:14 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Here are the lower profile single banana plugs:

By Bob (bob) on Wednesday, April 06, 2005 - 5:33 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Great how to Mike but GO GOLD like your dual set-up in the wet environment for the best contact
By Cody boseman (polkaking27) on Wednesday, April 06, 2005 - 9:24 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
where did you pick up all you connectors. and for how much???
By Mikeski (mikeski) on Wednesday, April 06, 2005 - 10:08 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
I bought a bag of stuff from Mouser electronics looking for the lowest profile jacks I could find but they were all the wrong size. The jacks ended up coming from the local Radio Shack, the gold dual banana jacks came from

The problem with all of the gold connecters is that they are all fairly high profile. There are lots of nice high quality metal jacks out on the market but I needed the plastic for insulation.

These would be nice but they would need to be insulated from the tower. It just seems like more trouble then it's worth so I went with the Radio Shack cheapies, they seem to work best.

By the way I believe these are rated for 20 amps, they will never see current anywhere close to that. A thin coating of anti-oxidant wiring joint compound (Noalox) should eliminate all corrosion issues for the plugs.

By Monster Tower (monstertower) on Wednesday, April 06, 2005 - 8:59 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
That's an awesome idea! You must have run each wire by itself unless I'm missing something? Did you tap the holes or press the jacks into the hole?
By Grant West (whitechocolate) on Wednesday, April 06, 2005 - 9:07 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
OMG im going to retire, Someone else is actually providing how to's with photo's.

"Nice Mike"

By Mikeski (mikeski) on Wednesday, April 06, 2005 - 11:18 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I actually pulled all four wires at the same time. More accurately I pushed them while keeping a little tension on the four strings so they kept heading toward the correct holes.

The jacks take a 5/16 hole I used a 9/32 drill pit and make a little oblong. They pushed in pretty tight but I noticed one of the reds was moving a little so I pulled them out a little, added some silicone II around the holes, then pushed them back in. I also rotated the red one a 1/4 turn and that tightened it right up.

I was going to oblong and tap the holes but the threads are very fine and my tap kit didn't have the correct thread, I don't think tapping is necessary.

By Clayton Bygdnes (sculpter) on Thursday, April 07, 2005 - 11:38 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Nice, clean, how to, Mike!!
By Shawn Landrum (superair) on Friday, April 08, 2005 - 3:21 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
looks great mike!!!
By Chris Anthony (cmawsr) on Saturday, April 09, 2005 - 4:23 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Mike, I going to do this, just went and picked up the parts. But it seems that when pulling the plugs to remove the speakers it would pull the whole thing out. the bannana clips are a tight fit in the jacks. are yours holding up well. I'm trying to figure the best way to hold it in before I start on this thing.
By Mikeski (mikeski) on Sunday, April 10, 2005 - 12:46 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
See my post up 3...
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