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Old 12-13-2008, 12:45 PM   #1
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I need to wire a 470 ohm resistor into a wire for my GM alternator. Do I need to cut the wire in the middle and solder it to both ends, or can I just strip a bare spot on two areas of the wire and solder both ends to the bare spot?

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where resistor is parallel to the wire but touching in two places?

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have to cut it and put in middle in series cnat be in parrellel or it wont do anything
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First one if it is "into" the wire. Second one will do nothing.
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electricity takes the path of least resistance. ie the solid wire.
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Think of electricity as water or air and wire as hose, and a resistor as a restrictor. The restrictor needs to be placed in series with the wire.
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Thanks, that's what I figured, just hoping I was wrong as the integrity of the connection would have been better if I could wire them parallel. Shoulda known from my days installing stereo stuff and building subwoofers.

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