Parts Dipping Basket
Wiring up lots of small pieces is a pain. I
knew there had to be a better way, so I made this dipping basket.
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A small piece of 16 mesh copper screen (3" x 5")
with a piece of 14 ga. copper wire (stripped Romex) woven through
it provides the conductive path for parts.
The nuts are for reference. These are 3/8" nuts, 3/4"
across x 0.6" tall. Each nut has 2.8 sq-in of surface area,
for a total of 22.4 sq-in.
Now looking at the screen, you'd think it doesn't have much
surface area. NOT SO! The screen has 22.6 sq-in of surface area!
(More than the nuts)
Add another 1.5 sq-in for the 14 ga. wire that's immersed
in the electrolyte, and the "dip" conductor totals
just over 24 sq-in! By itself, my "dip basket" needs
Surface areas are very deceptive to estimate. Read
more about it.
The little plastic basket comes from a toy shop for
The screen fits the bottom of the basket, and the wire sticks
up out of the electrolyte for power connection.
The "S" hooks provide secure hang from the tank
bar, and lower the basket far enough to completely immerse in
Here I've got all 16 nuts that I needed to plate. Total surface
area including screen is 68.9 sq-in!
As it will look when hung in the tank.
Every so often I have to manually stir the parts around to
get even plating and prevent "cathode shadow". It's
a pain to do, but easier and more convenient than wiring each
A plating "barrel" is in the works.