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Thread: Parma Controller Wiper Wire

  1. #1
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    Parma Controller Wiper Wire

    Since these controllers have been around for decades, I have little doubt that someone has come up with a "better" way to hook up the wiper wire to the wiper. Anyone who has used one for a while had probably dealt with the breaking of the wire after flexing for a million times. I have been repairing rental controllers for 2 tracks and I really don't like the repairs I have done because I don't feel they are much more reliable than the original construction. I have been splicing an insulated wire in place of the flexing section and it works fine, but... I have been considering adding a slip on connector to the lead wire in the controller handle and making up a number of pluggable jumper wires. Not a fix, but it would sure make a replacement quicker and easier for future repairs. Somebody has to have come up with some other solutions... If you're a genius, please sign in!
    As usual, any help (even in jest) is appreciated,
    Oldguy

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    What I do when that particular problem arises is hook it up like a difalco controller.Difalco has the wire part and is not that hard of a repair.You can contact me on the pm system and I will try and send some pictures if you need them.
    John

  3. #3
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    There are a couple of different things you can do:

    1 - use a piece of braid in place of the wire

    2 - take the wire and make it into full circle look instead of the drooping bend. It last a lot longer.
    Sincerely,

    Jeff Strause

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    Silicone lead wire is a good option. Usually those drop-offs that are too short to hook up a womp or the ones you just tossed in the trash. Like Jeff said, the longer the flex area, the less stress to break. Double them for power if desired.
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    Thanks for the suggestions. I have little doubt I will have the opportunity to try these out...
    Oldguy

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