Who makes up their own cables, and why? What products do you use? Tricks for termination\/soldering?\n\nTo start, I build my own interconnects and data cables. For interconnects, I use Cardas wire and Neutrik plugs. I manage the cost of the former by buying end stock etc. The latter... I just suck it up.\n\nFor data cables (Cat 6\/6e), I cut down old, but undamaged, cables to size. If find this keeps clutter at the back of the rack to a minimum. I have a nice Klein crimped tool and tester to attach the plugs\/sockets. I use the "A" termination method for consistency.\n\nI've tried a bunch of soldering irons (Weller etc.) but have yet to find one I like. So I use a fine propane torch to get parts up to temp. I stay away from lead based solders and try to use silver blends on critical connections for better conductivity). If I remember, I'll also use heat shrink tubing or other material for strain relief.\n\nHoping to learn more from the DIY crowd... there might be some good tips and tricks from experienced hands out there.