From: "Michael A. Terrell"
Subject: Re: Best bomb detonator? (Hi FBI)
Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2002 00:27:40 -0500
Organization: Have you seen my bench? No, really! Where is it?
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Boris Mohar wrote:
> On Fri, 15 Nov 2002 21:15:01 -0500, "Michael A. Terrell"
> >Jeroen wrote:
> >> "Martin Griffith" wrote in message
> >> news:firstname.lastname@example.org...
> >> > Just seen a kurt russel movie, defusing a bomb on a 747.... hmm
> >> > good fun, "Dont cut the RED wire, etc"
> >> Like wiring is standardized :) And of course they always have a blinking
> >> light and beeper or a display that tells remaining time...
> >> Just one of many annoying hollywood cliches.
> >> Jeroen
> > Sure! Like you would expect it to show the correct time remaining.
> >And then, why would someone use a lot of different wire colors? After
> >all, it can't be used twice! :)
> To lessen the chance of incorrect assembly to the detriment of its
Only if you don't trust your own work. A prototype, test fixture, or
one of a kind device doesn't need color coded wiring. Plus, I have close
to 50,000 feet of wire and cable in my shop, but some are in very
limited quantity in size/color/type/insulation/voltage rating and I will
use one or two colors that I have WAY too much of to conserve my stock
for when I need it for a project. For instance, I have one type of wire
(white, stranded, 28 AWG 300 volt) that I have 11,000 feet of. So, it
will either be sold, or used where I need it, rather than the couple
hundred feet left in a couple other colors. I also have several types
of ribbon cable, and teflon coax, but why waste it for a simple project?
Electrical wiring DOES require proper color coding because there are
standards you have to meet, depending on your local laws.
Michael A. Terrell