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Banana Plug Installation

So now you have your banana plugs, but how do they possibly attach to the end of your speaker wire? Here is a brief how-to on installing your new banana plugs correctly to give your home theater a simple professional look.

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First things first- you'll need to cut the wire to the length you need. If you're running the wire behind a wall, do so before attaching the banana plugs. It is much easier to pull a wire behind a wall before there are banana plugs attached to the end of it. Make sure to give yourself a few extra inches on either side of the wire to be safe. You can always cut wire shorter, but if you accidentally cut it too short the first time around, you'll have to cut yourself a whole new piece.

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Using a standard wire stripper, place the cutting edge approximately 2 inches from the end of the cable. Let the force of the arm on the stripper put pressure on the cable and then simply spin the stripper around the cable a few times to fully cut the outer jacket (don't put added pressure on the cutting arm with your finger, or you may end up cutting more than just the outer jacket.) After it's cut, pull the outer jacket off to reveal the two cables inside. You should find a red cable as well as a black one. The red cable is used for the audio signal and the black cable is for the electrical ground connection. Both are needed for a speaker to work.

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Now we need to work with each wire individually. To do this easily just untwist the pair of wires and pull them away from each other.

We now need to strip off the outer jackets of both the red and black wires. Place the wire stripper about 3/4 of an inch from the end of one of the red or black wires. Like before, rotate the stripper around the wire a few times to cut through the jacket, making sure to only cut through the rubber jacket. Repeat this on the 2nd wire.

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Pull the freshly cut jackets off of each wire. This will expose the bare copper wire that we need to work with. This is how the end of the cable needs to be in order to attach banana plugs.

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In order to easily feed the wire into the banana plugs, we want the wire to be twisted a little so it doesn't fray and spread out when we thread them into the banana plugs. Place the end of either the red or black wire between your thumb and fore-finger and twist the ends of the copper wire. Repeat this for the 2nd wire. This will prevent the thin copper wires from fraying while we continue working with them.

These particular banana plugs can be used in two different ways. You can install the wire through the back of the plug, or through the opening in the side of the plug. Choose the method that best suits your application, your cables will hang differently depending on what hole you choose to thread your cable into. We will start by showing you how to thread the wire into the back of the plug, and then we'll show you how to use the hole in the side.

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Unscrew the back of the banana plug about halfway. This will make room for us to feed the wire into the front of the plug from the back.

Feed the speaker wire through the back of the open banana plug until you feel it reach the front of the plug.

We need to get the wire to fill the gap between the front and back of the banana plug. You can do this by applying more pressure to the wire being fed through the back. Keep pressing until you see the wire start to spread out inside. If done correctly, the wire will appear to fan out in all directions.

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With the wire filling the open gap, screw the back of the banana plug down. If you have properly fed enough wire into the banana plug this should tighten down on the copper wire with enough pressure to keep it from falling out.

Now, let's look at the simpler but less clean looking side method. Just as before, unscrew the back of the banana plug until there's enough room for the wire.

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Insert the wire in through the side of the banana plug, pressing the end of the copper wire against the front of the banana plug.

With the wire in place, screw the back of the banana plug down. This will then secure the wire in place by pinching it between the screw and the side of the plug.

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Now you can easily connect your speaker wire into speakers, a stereo receiver, or convenient wall plates.

For a little more in-depth tutorial you can visit: sewelldirect.com Also, if you want to customize your cables and Banana Plugs to better fit your home decor check out this interesting How-To Guide.

Also, check out our YouTube on the installation and set up of Wall Plates and Banana Plugs:

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