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    I need some small copper wire or rod. (Just a little bit)

    About 1/8 - 3/16" dia (X-section). Either straight rod, or rings about 1 1/4" ID would be even better.

    Been trying to think of something I might pick up at Lowes, HD, etc., that I could cannibalize said copper from.

    Any thoughts?

    I'm not sure of the dimensions of electrical wire. Would they have a wire size approximating that, that I could buy a couple of feet? I think #12 wire is too small.

    (This is for a fish netting application.)
    Lynn (Huntsville, AL)

  • #2
    Try a welding supply company and ask for uncoated brazing rod.

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    • #3
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_wire_gauge

      #8 Looks to be about right. Should be able to get a few feet at any home store too.

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      • #4
        #6 bare copper wire is used for electrical grounds and is avaliable Home Depot and other electrical suppliers. I canabalize old brass couplings and check valves for brass rings in the 1-2 inch size. Copper fittings are also a good source of rings but they are thinner than you ask for.
        Byron Boucher
        Burnet, TX

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        • #5
          Well duh... I didn't even think about googling wire size or AWG.

          Thanks!

          Drat! I just sold the old home place, in which I'd had the service panel upgraded a couple of years ago. It had several feet of unused ground wire left dangling there.
          Lynn (Huntsville, AL)

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          • #6
            That size of electrical wire is going to be pretty soft compared to copper rod.
            The shortest distance between two points is a circle of infinite diameter.

            Bluewater Model Engineering Society at https://sites.google.com/site/bluewatermes/

            Southwestern Ontario. Canada

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            • #7
              "ask for uncoated brazing rod"
              wouldn't that be brass?

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              • #8
                Speedy Metals has copper rod from 1/8" to 4"

                Curious about your application
                Byron Boucher
                Burnet, TX

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Boucher
                  Speedy Metals has copper rod from 1/8" to 4"

                  Curious about your application
                  This will be the center ring at the bottom of a conical net.

                  Soft doesn't really matter. It's purpose is just to have a somewhat rigid foundation to start netting from. The ring will be left there, so I want something non-corrosive.

                  See here for idea source. (The ring comes into play at about the 2:30 point in the video.)
                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfB1XjhYPP0
                  Lynn (Huntsville, AL)

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                  • #10
                    How about a ring cut from a brass or stainless steel pipe nipple?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by BigMike782
                      "ask for uncoated brazing rod"
                      wouldn't that be brass?
                      No, it's actually bronze.

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                      • #12
                        I was able to buy 3ft of #6 bare copper ground wire at Lowes.

                        First thought I was out of luck, when one aisle only had pre-packaged rolls, but then another aisle had big rolls sold by the foot.
                        Lynn (Huntsville, AL)

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                        • #13
                          Check your local feed store or Pet store. They may have brass rings for harnesses/ collars.
                          When I get Time... I'll...

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Hawkeye
                            Check your local feed store or Pet store. They may have brass rings for harnesses/ collars.
                            Yeah, that had also ocurred to me. We have a very good, old time feed and seed store downtown, that also carries a lot of horse/harness stuff. I'd just hoped to avoid making the trip down there.

                            However today I had to go downtown anyway, and did find some bronze rings at a local, ol' timey hardware store that still does a competitive business. I picked up one 1 1/8", which is just a bit smaller than I wanted. Next size up was too big.

                            I'll try soldering up one from my #6 ground wire. If that doesn't work I'll use this one I got today.

                            Will be a few days before I can use it anyway. Am going to have to order my twine. It's impossible to find nylon twine locally, smaller than #18 or so, which is bigger than I want.
                            Lynn (Huntsville, AL)

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Dr Stan
                              No, it's actually bronze.
                              and neither are copper .

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