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    NES Controller Lengthening Guide by NESHQ_dot_com

    Version: 1.00 | Updated: 04/16/07 | Search Guide | Bookmark Guide

    NES Controller Lengthening Guide 1.00 By Andrew M. Evans aka AndrewM 
    (AndrewM@NESHQ.com)
    
    Version 1.00 Released July 3, 2003
    
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    --== Table of Contents ==--
    Section 1 ----- Revision History
    Section 2 ----- Disclaimer and Requisite Legal Junk for any FAQ
    Section 3 ----- Introduction
    Section 4 ----- Materials
    Section 5 ----- Stripping and Cutting the Wires
    Section 6 ----- Connecting New Wires
    Section 7 ----- Securing & Protecting Exposed Wires
    Section 8 ----- Credits and Closing Remarks
    
    
    --== Section 1 - Revision History ==--
    07/03/2003  v1.00  Original FAQ
    
    
    --== Section 2 - Disclaimer and Requisite Legal Junk ==--
    This FAQ is intended for private use and may not be reproduced on any sites or
    in any publications without my prior consent, which I may or may not (I don't 
    see why I wouldn't) grant by having you e-mail me at AndrewM@Neshq.com. If you
    should fail to do so and I see my FAQ posted somewhere I shall be forced to 
    sue you into litigation Hell with my army of high-powered lawyers. Actually, 
    this whole bit is a bunch of ballyhoo. If you want to post or reproduce this 
    FAQ go right ahead and do so, just leave me my credit and the shameless 
    self-promotions for my NES Site, www.neshq.com (in case you have yet to see!).
    Oh yea, and if you somehow get hurt using this FAQ I am in no way responsible
    (is this even possible). As a matter of fact, by even opening this file you
    have officially absolved me of any responsibility in my entire life. Ok, well
    it was worth a shot......
    
    
    --== Section 3 - Introduction ==--
    Ever feel like NES Controllers are too short? I sure don't but I'm writing
    this FAQ anyways. If you have an urge to lengthen your NES controllers this
    FAQ should be able to help you through the process.
    
    
    --== Section 4 - Materials ==--
    NES Controller
    Wire Cutter/Stripper (preferably AWG, or American Wire Gauge, since that's 
      what I am basing this FAQ on)
    Wire of just about any type
    Electrical tape
    Soldering gun (Optional, highly recommended)
    Solder (Optional, highly recommended)
    Liquid Rubber (Recommended)
    
    
    --== Section 5 - Stripping and Cutting Wires ==--
    First off you will need to cut the controller cord. I recommend cutting the
    cord near the plug, since this is the area where the cut and splice will be
    least noticeable. Once the cord is cut you will need to strip the outer 
    (black) wire on both sides of the cut, since this is where you will be 
    splicing the new wire in. I found that using a 10 AWG worked just about 
    perfectly for stripping the outer part of the cord. When this is stripped you
    will see several smaller wires. Each of these wires now needs to be stripped.
    When this is finished you should have the plug end cord with a short amount of
    wire left and the controller end with a much longer cord attached, and both
    should be stripped to about two inches, exposing all the wires. Now it's time
    to prepare the splicing wires. You will need to make all the wires equal
    length (approximately how much you would like to lengthen your controllers
    by), and strip both ends of every wire to a length of approximately two
    inches.
    
    
    --== Section 6 - Connecting New Wires ==--
    Now that all the wires are stripped and the splicing wires are all uniform
    length you are ready to splice in the new wires to make the controllers
    longer. I highly recommend you use a soldering gun for greater stability,
    although I have tested it without using a soldering gun and the controller
    still works. Go ahead and get the soldering gun warmed up. Attach one of the
    splicing wires to one of the loose controller wires. Twist the wires together
    and make sure that they are tight (if they can withstand a slight tug then the
    wires are tight). Now attach the other end of the splicing wire to the
    corresponding [same color] wire on the plug cord in the same fashion. When
    both ends are secure use the soldering gun to solder two wires together on
    both the controller and plug ends. You don't need to use an excessive amount,
    but make sure it's enough to hold the wires firmly in place. Repeat this
    process for each of the wires until every wire on the controller end is
    attached, via splicing wire, to its corresponding [same color] wire on the
    plug end of the cord.
    
    
    --== Section 7 - Securing & Protecting New Wires ==--
    With all the wires soldered it is now time to secure and protect the bare
    wires. Begin by taking the connection area (the two inches where the wires
    meet, are twisted, and soldered), bending it back, and taping it back on top
    of the controller cord so that there are two inches where the controller cord
    is double thick from. Thoroughly (but not excessively) wrap electrical tape
    around this area so that no bare wire (should be solder at this point) is
    showing. Repeat this process for both connection areas of all the wires. Tape
    all of the splicing wires together using the electrical tape so that the
    independent splicing wires make one wire. Now, last but not least, dip the
    connection area (and the splicing wire, should you desire) in the liquid
    rubber so that there is a protective coating outside of the electrical tape.
    After doing this once or twice the new (or splicing wire) cord should look
    mostly like the original cord, although perhaps a little more thick.
    Congratulations, you have successfully lengthened your NES controller.
    
    
    --== Section 8 - Credits and Closing Remarks ==--
    Although the connecting, securing, and protecting wires process may seem a bit
    tedious I can assure you that this is the best way to do this. I have tried
    this without soldering the wires and they do not connect as well, resulting in
    some lost controller instructions. I recommend the electrical tape because it
    puts less stress on the soldering (which shouldn't be too thick anyways) when
    the controller cords are tugged or pulled. Finally, the liquid rubber adds a
    little strength but is mostly for aesthetics, as it will create a uniform
    surface and color along the cord. I must cite www.popularmechanics.com for
    some information on wire stripping as well as 
    http://www.epemag.wimborne.co.uk/solderfaq.htm which I used to brush up on
    soldering. Once more, before this FAQ is over I would like to shamelessly
    promote my NES Site, www.neshq.com. Oh, and if you have any questions or
    contributions feel free to e-mail me at AndrewM@NESHQ.com.

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