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Complete PSU sleeving guide - Tips & tricks enegizer Oct 5th, 05, 09:55 PM #1

Below are common tools easily available in most household :

1) Scissor
2) Tape
3) Flat head screw driver for spectacle
4) Lighter
5) Hair Dryer ( not in picture )

Additional tool for removing 4pin mobo, PCI-E & 20/24pin ATX Connector :

5) ATX pin removal tool from XMod ( bout $22-25 can't remember )




Remove all 4pin molex, FDD, ATX pin connectors

If ur afraid of forgetting which color order, u can :
- take a picture
- write it down

or remember this rule :

1) 4pin molex connectors - yellow always closest to u
2) Fdd connector - red always closest to u
3) 4pin mobo connector - Yellow closest to the clip
4) PCI-E connector - Black closest to the clip
5) 20/24pin atx connector - write it down !! or take picture, i no formula for this




use the flat head screw driver to push in the FDD pins


This picture below show FDD pins.
Top show push in pin so that it can slip out from the connector.
Bottom of picture show pin open up. Open it up & insert back the conncetor so that it'll "lock on"


use the flat head screw driver to remove the molex pins


Left picture show a closed molex pin. Right picture show a open molex pin.
The idea is to close the molex pin with ur flat head screw driver. This will allow the molex pin to slip through & out of the connector. u'll get a hang out of it very soon after a few try. relax & be patient.


Sata head can be removed too, I'll touch up on this part again when I get my hand on another PSU with Sata connector.

pic of antec PSU - messy cable management, I bet all Antec engineers DO NOT comb their hair !! Of my countless PSU sleeving journey, only Antec PSUs are this messy, even when we pay for their premium high-end 550watt series .. hehe SO, those who do not have an Antec, are lucky to skip this part. Or else its gonna be like some 10-15mins job trying to group up the cables neatly.


the extra work in grouping the cables in proper order, geezz ..



Tape up all exposed pins

Don't try to be lazy & skip this part. Or else u'll find ur sleeve getting entangled by the sharp edges later on. trust me ...

- tape up the exposed FDD cables as a group
- tape up the exposed 4pin molex pins 2 by 2. Seperate them 2 by 2


this picture show the 4pin molex taped up 2 by 2. If u were to tape all 4pin molex together as a group, it'll be too THICK for the Heatshrink to pass through later on.



These type of connectors below can be tape up as a whole.

- 4pin mobo
- 6pin PCI-E
- Sata

** For Sata, tape them up first for sleeve to get through, then remove it & insert heatshrink. let the individual Sata cables go through 1 by 1 if the heatshrink is a little too tight.



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enegizer Oct 5th, 05, 09:57 PM #2
If u have Sata connector below, sleeving is NOT possible, unless its cut & change. I won't want u to void the warranty here, so I won't touch on this one here. PM me for solution, ( cutting is still a must though )

For your infos, its ANTEC psu again that come with such stupid factory sealed Sata connnector.



Cutting the correct sleeve length.

Before I share my formula below, remember that sleeve expand. And expanded sleeve will eventually be shorter. Having too long sleeve will make ur final sleeving job look fat while sleeve too short wont' be looking good either. Therefore, please try to follow the formula below. I hope the explaination & guide be is good & clear.

Cables from PSU to the 1st connector is the longest. Measure it with ur sleeve & cut at least 1cm LONGER

Cables from 2nd connector to 3rd OR 3rd to 4th connector is short. Measure it with ur sleeve & cut at least 0.5cm SHORTER.

Sata cable from PSU to 1st Sata connector. Measure & cut at least 1.5cm Longer. Sata cables are thicker than 4pin molex cables.

4pin mobo cable from PSU. There's only 1 connector. Cut the sleeve at least 1cm LONGER.

This picture here show an example of the shortest sleeve required. From the last 4pin molext to the FDD connector. This one will require at least about 0.5cm to 0.7cm shorter. ( its the thinest part of PSU cables )


REMEMBER :
Sleeve inserted, has to be slightly shorter. Like this picture below.
This will allow the heatshrink to HOLD tight between the cable & the sleeve. It'll also "straighten" ur final sleeving job & make it look slim


Sleeving

The lighter. Burn the tip every time the sleeve is cut.

Left of picture show burnt tip while right show a freshly cut sleeve.


Top of picture show burnt tip still in good shape.
Bottom of picture show unburnt tip in BAD Shape when u don't follow.


Unburnt tip trying to get through, the sleeve will start splitting & ur gonna get pissed off very soon .. hehe

Picture only show earlier stage of split sleeve. PLS remember to burn the tip a little !!


Sleeve first, then cut the Heatshrink to appropriate length & insert in.
If u find ur sleeve being too short, then cut slightly longer Heatshrink.
Cut the heatshrink to length able to hold the sleeve by about 1cm & the rest cover up the bare wires.


Picture below show Heatshrink going through the 2 by 2 4pin wires as mention on earlier part of this guide.


Do not forget each sleeve section require 2pcs Heatshrink !!! Forget 1pc & u'll have to remove all & start all over again ...
Do note again, it is sleeve first, then 2pcs heatshrink.


U can attach back the molex connector after every section of sleeving is complete.
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enegizer Oct 5th, 05, 09:57 PM #3
Push the Heatshrink all the way closest the PSU as possible. Cut appropriate heatshrink length. Heatshrink must hold the sleeve & cable.
IF, ur heathshrink only hold the sleeve & not the cable, the sleeve will slip eventually.



Added : July 2006

20/24 ATX Removal guide ..

Before we start, do note : ATX pin same as, 4pin mobo, 6pin PCI-E & 8pin EPS

What u need is staplets or wat we call that ?? staple bullets ??
Straightened 1 pair. straight, as straight possible.



Use technology to remember the wires color codings ... take a pic & the pic will remember for u. Black wire is ground, they can mix. Here I insert a white paper as background for easier contrast recognition.

You NEED 2 picture shots, then take out the wires 1row @ a time. Then tape up the 1st row of wires b4 removing the 2nd row.

** I also notice some PSU's ATX connector has "thinner" black wire at 1 point, so try to insert back the same 1 @ the same spot. Same goes to if u find a red or an orange being thinner than the other, just try remember to put back same hole... This hardly occur anyway **





The idea of the 2straightended staple bullet is to push the pin inwards so u can pull "down".

Push both pin as deep possible, till both at same height, then hold tight & pull the wire downward. If 1st try unsuccessful, reinsert the 2pins & do again. Lots of practice, patience & a bit of strength for this one.

Most ATX pins are really difficult to remove, thus, I use PLIER to hold the connector while i pull the wire with my finger @ moderate strength. Beware not to break the wire or ur in deep trouble & so do I !!



I'll provide a short video demo of the process for download here again,
good luck




Heatshrinking

To shrink the heatshrink, use a Hair Dryer. DO NOT use a lighter !! The fumes from ur lighter's flame will cause ur colored heatshrink turn black !!

However, if u have got Black heatshrink instead, go ahead but be very carefully not to burn the sleeve.


Tips on Ligher : If ur a botak & never require a hair dryer, then lighter can still be a solution.

To use lighter to shrink the Colored Heathshrink. Turn ur lighter to bigger flame. Use only the lower blue flame. DO NOT use the orangish/yellow flame or it'll turn ur heatshrink dark color. Try it carefully putting the blue part of the flame close to the sleeve. U'll see ur sleeve shrinking very fast but be careful. Spoilt jobs, burnt wires is not my prob !!! heehee

This picture below show shrinked heatshrink holding the sleeve & cables tight.




Completed job awaiting pickup by SG modders.


To summarize it all :

1) Remove all connectors
2) Tape up all exposed pins
3) cut the approriate sleeve & start sleeving
4) insert 2pcs heatshrink to every sleeve section
5) put back connectors
6) Provide heat source to shrink the heatshrink

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enegizer Oct 5th, 05, 09:58 PM #4
SATA power connector :

3types Sata power :

Left to right : Factory sealed Sata connector on far left. Middle & right one can be removed.





can remove ..


right angle Sata connector


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ekenikichi Oct 5th, 05, 10:01 PM #5
kewl guide gary.. i am thinking of sleeving uv up my psu.. this guide came into good use.. without having to goggle for more info liaoz:curious:
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bluecoral Oct 6th, 05, 02:36 PM #6
hmm energizer ... is there a way to lengthen the cable ah ?
perhaps by soldering ?
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booest Oct 6th, 05, 03:34 PM #7
wah....i had my time spent with all these sleeving..

now i just buy those pre-sleeved ones.. easier... and will not void warranty

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p|sangp|sang Oct 6th, 05, 03:59 PM #8
Just to add: If you'r a person that loves to keep plug n unplug molex connectors, it might be a good idea to zip-tied or taped the sleeve ends b4 heatshrink it. Prevent furthur fraying of the sleeves
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jeremyocc Oct 6th, 05, 10:29 PM #9
good guide here.i will do it when i'm free
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Originally Posted by booest
wah....i had my time spent with all these sleeving..

now i just buy those pre-sleeved ones.. easier... and will not void warranty
True, but mostly black sleeve no uv reactive ones.
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wan_lep Oct 7th, 05, 02:54 AM #11
Sticky!!!!
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booest Oct 7th, 05, 08:42 AM #12
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Originally Posted by sidewinder69
True, but mostly black sleeve no uv reactive ones.

Agree... for the true cas mod fans

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bluecoral Oct 7th, 05, 09:25 AM #13
energizer anyway to extend the length of the cable ?
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enegizer Oct 7th, 05, 03:44 PM #14
black color itself is not uv reactive.

the sata & ata black uv cables i sell, are a litttttlleeeeeee bit uv reactive cos material quite transparent but won't look good lor.

bluecoral, extend cable length of PSU ?? if so, got to CUT & Solder join.

hey sidewinder, cable tie is good method, it prevent the sleeve or heatshrink from slipping after long time too. heatshrink will eventually get harden & can slip. but with cable tie, won't look so good, so never put in this guide.


oh !! its a sticky ... thanks mods
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MeDiC Oct 8th, 05, 09:21 AM #15
how are your charges for sleeving a Antec PSU?1st Generation one...no need UV sleeving...

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