I've now added another question to the list: "Do you know how to cut a few wires into two pieces with a saw? I want to make some interior-wall fasteners." The answer is yes, there are ways to cut copper magnetic wire with a circular saw. And if you're short on time and just want to do a quick project this weekend, then here's what you do.
First, I want to tell you what type of material I'm talking about for the finishing touches on my new door frame project. It's a piece of red wood with an "S" groove running through it for the handle. I've sanded it down a bit so that it has a nice smooth surface. This is the thermal class wire diameter I'm talking about.
Now, if you don't have any natural resources for copper enameled wire, don't worry. I've heard of some plastic manufacturers using PVC pipe as an inexpensive but pretty effective insulator. You can also get PVC foam and some sort of PVC coatings to protect the finish on your wood products too. I decided to go with the latter, Uew Urethane. I'm going to explain some of the features of Uew Urethane later in this article...
Some people like to say that coated wire is better than uncoated wire because the former is more resistant to corrosion. I guess the resistance comes from the coating. Copper enamel copper winding is a special type of coating that is intended to keep a magnetic field from disrupting the material it is wrapped around.
You'll find that copper is one of the most common materials for this type of coating. If you check out any home improvement store, you'll see a variety of tools for forming the coating. The products range from kits for a small DIY project right up to professional grade machines. I found that the most inexpensive way to do it at home was with a pair of scissors and a glue gun. You can even improvise by cutting the Urethane from an old plastic container or wrapping it around some PVC piping.
A quick trip to my local Home Depot let me know that my custom coated Urethane was nicely installed using the above methods. It looks great and it works great! I recently completed installing two coats of Urethane enamelled aluminum wire on our concrete walkway and the coating has been working great! The aluminum wire is available in three colors...red, black and white.
This is just one of the many projects you can do with enamelled copper wire; it's also ideal for wrapping around garden furniture, BBQ grills, garden benches and even decorative concrete walkways. Of course you could use other types of polyester enameled wire (like those made of 18-gauge galvanized steel wire) but those require a heavy-duty connection. That isn't something I want to do with my simple galvanized steel wire (it's very flexible). And those are expensive.
Another great aspect of Polyurethane copper clad aluminum round wire is its durability. It doesn't bend or break that easily. I've used it for everything from building a small basic wooden toy shed to running electrical wiring over the cement sidewalk and having the ground under the walkway hold the cable without any damage. You can also run insulation as close to or inside the metal as you'd like and it will still look good. You don't have to worry about the plastic contact supplier melting anytime it gets hot!