Tip for straightening wire

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Tip for straightening wire

Postby taffyman » Mon Mar 26, 2007 8:47 pm

Here's a tip for straightening wire that you've taken off a tree. When you unwind it, it usually has a lot of kinks and bends in it. If you re-use it in that state you are liable to mark your trunk or branches pretty severely, and it's a right royal pain to try and straighten each kink separately.
1. Grip the ends of the wire in two pairs of pliers: Image
2. Bring the pliers close together: Image
3. Snap the pliers sharply apart: Image

4. If it doesn't come straight first go, do it again. Doing this saves a lot on wire and you can re-use it up to about 10 times (depending how bad the kinks were) before it finally gives up the ghost and snaps because of the metal becoming weak.
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Postby The Estate » Mon Mar 26, 2007 8:51 pm

Hey Taffy, you got a good thing there mate, just add a few weights to it and all us girls can have a good work out :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby taffyman » Mon Mar 26, 2007 8:55 pm

The Estate wrote:Hey Taffy, you got a good thing there mate, just add a few weights to it and all us girls can have a good work out :lol: :lol: :lol:


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Postby kombi69 » Wed Mar 28, 2007 10:17 pm

Anothr way to straighten wire is to place one end in a vice. Put the loose end in the chuck of a hand drill or VERY slow progressive speed drill, tension wire then drill until kinks are out.
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Postby Pam » Thu Mar 29, 2007 6:44 am

taffyman wrote:
The Estate wrote:Hey Taffy, you got a good thing there mate, just add a few weights to it and all us girls can have a good work out :lol: :lol: :lol:


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Someone is obviously taking your signature a little too literally, Taffy! :lol:
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Postby The Estate » Thu Mar 29, 2007 9:09 am

Pam wrote:
taffyman wrote:
The Estate wrote:Hey Taffy, you got a good thing there mate, just add a few weights to it and all us girls can have a good work out :lol: :lol: :lol:


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Someone is obviously taking your signature a little too literally, Taffy! :lol:


who you talkin about Willis Image
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Possibly while wearing sunnies...

Postby oproudfoot » Tue Apr 10, 2007 4:51 am

Just thought I might add that 'snap-straightening' a length of kinked wire using pairs of pliers in each hand and a quick-jerk motion could be potentially hazardous to the eyes (especially for the inexperienced) if you were very unlucky and one end 'sprung out wayward' (or 'eye-ward')... if you wanted to negate this risk, do the final manouvre while wearing an old pair of sunnies, at least until you're confident with it.
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Postby Pam » Tue Apr 10, 2007 6:06 am

Geez, Taffy, I was dreaming about this last night, only it was copper pipe instead of wire. :roll: :lol:
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Postby taffyman » Wed Apr 11, 2007 4:15 pm

Don't quite think you could straighten Copper Pipe that way Pam. Image
Good advice Opf - safety is always paramount.
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Postby Mister Wisteria » Wed Apr 11, 2007 4:24 pm

Gee Pam, maybe you thought you were that bloke that used to bend and unbend teaspoons, think his name was "Geller" :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby Pam » Wed Apr 11, 2007 4:26 pm

:roll: It worked easily enough in the dream. Trouble is, Hubby was telling me off for bending all the pipe! :lol:
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Postby The Estate » Wed Apr 11, 2007 5:09 pm

Pam wrote::roll: It worked easily enough in the dream. Trouble is, Hubby was telling me off for bending all the pipe! :lol:


Your weren't coiling it was yas to make moonshine :shock:
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Postby aquarium » Wed Sep 12, 2007 12:39 am

a less violent way of unkinking even longer runs of wire (up to a certain gauge) is to pass the whole length over a stick or any suitable non-abrassive edge at an angle. you end up with very losely coiled/curved wire minus the kinds. a bit of tension helps, so hold the wire with gloves on as you feed it over the edge/stick. this is akin in method to teasing ribbon with scissors.

there are actually quite many types of wire, not just two, but it hardly makes a difference; unless you're wiring electric equipment.
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Postby tilly » Wed Sep 12, 2007 6:19 pm

My visitor was having a peek today.....she said top tip taffy.... :) :)
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Postby taffyman » Thu Sep 13, 2007 8:24 pm

Thanks Tilly. Aquarium, there are basically two types of wire used in Bonsai. Pure copper and what they call 'Copper coated Aluminium' (it's actually anodised aluminium made to imitate copper purely for aesthetic reasons). Through experience throughout the 'Bonsia' world we have found this method to be the quickest and most effective.
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