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The official directory - Learn to build from beginner to advanced (and more)

mach1ne

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alright, this is a work in progress thread, which aims to act as a listing for all of the 'official' threads in the building section of the forum. the 'post your builds' thread is full of good info, but its getting huge, and lots of the info and questions have been asked/answered repeatedly throughout. the idea behind the 'official' threads, is to have threads dedicated to specific topics or questions that come up a lot, so that specific info is easy to find. to keep them easy to find, they started getting 'stickied' on the top of the forum/page, but there are a lot of them (and more coming). this thread is an attempt to organize them and keep them all stickied at the top of the page a little more efficiently.

if you are interested in learning to build, or to up your building game a little, we should have most of the bases covered with the following threads on specific builds or techniques. even if you would rather buy your coils than make them, have a look around and familiarize yourself with the different terminology and details. it could save you from buying 'alien' coils that are not alien coils :D

here are links to all of the official build/technique threads we have so far:


these threads are about building, but not about specific coils or techniques. here we will collect threads on building related topics like coil photography, tools and batteries. some of these threads are 'essential' info for anyone starting out. steam-engine is a very important tool, not only for builders, but for anyone who uses rebuildable atomizers (pre-made coils, spools of clapton wire, wire shots etc) to be in full control of whats going on. battery safety is a topic that everyone who vapes should be an expert on as well. no matter what setup you use, knowing your batteries will allow you to get the best out of them, and be as safe as possible.

and here are the build related official threads:

we can also use this thread to discuss topics for future 'official' threads, or whether or not one is required for a certain topic. everyone is welcome to get involved. have a look through the topics already covered/linked above, and see if theres anything missing that you could start or request a thread on. i try to include a description of the technique/build/topic, then explain how to do it enough to get someone started out in trying it themselves. the main draw is the other people who come in with questions/answers/perspectives that really fill in all the details. you dont have to be a pro builder to contribute, so dont be shy if you have an idea :hug:
 
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mach1ne

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to get the discussion started, i am thinking my next 'official' thread is going to be old school builds for rookies to get started on. like a thread that covers all the stuff you can hit on your first try, doesnt require claptoning anything/swivels etc...things like parallel, twisted, helixed, reef, wave, tidal, tiger, hive etc. what do you think? too many builds for one thread? is it even necessary? i feel like a one-stop-shop for the very first beginner builds could be a way to get people interested by giving them a bunch of easy options to experiment with, and all those builds kinda form a clear progression into more advanced territory, so laying them out in order seems like a good idea for a thread like this.

input appreciated :cheers:
 

David Wolf

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to get the discussion started, i am thinking my next 'official' thread is going to be old school builds for rookies to get started on. like a thread that covers all the stuff you can hit on your first try, doesnt require claptoning anything/swivels etc...things like parallel, twisted, helixed, reef, wave, tidal, tiger, hive etc. what do you think? too many builds for one thread? is it even necessary? i feel like a one-stop-shop for the very first beginner builds could be a way to get people interested by giving them a bunch of easy options to experiment with, and all those builds kinda form a clear progression into more advanced territory, so laying them out in order seems like a good idea for a thread like this.

input appreciated :cheers:
How about a thread for the even simpler single wire builds and wire types for good flavor, like simple spaced coils for low maintenance vaping, for those who don’t like building as an art form time consuming hobby? That would appeal to beginners and experienced vapors who think fancy coils are way overrated for the purpose of just vaping. :D
 

Matty Vapes

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Good ideas. I'm intimidated by building so I don't. I can wrap kanthal around a coil jig. Anything else is nope lol a progressive thread or guide would be helpful and might steer people like me in the right direction. Of course I'd have to have a desire to do more with my coils. I'm on the prebuilt train for now.
 

KingPin!

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Excellent idea machine ...now we have this directory I have unstickied all of the current “official threads” and stickied this one so we can track where everything is located in one place :cheers:
 

mach1ne

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How about a thread for the even simpler single wire builds and wire types for good flavor, like simple spaced coils for low maintenance vaping, for those who don’t like building as an art form time consuming hobby? That would appeal to beginners and experienced vapors who think fancy coils are way overrated for the purpose of just vaping. :D
yeah it might be a good idea to do a thread on the most basic coil wrapping techniques (like how to use a jig, tricks to get perfect spaced wraps, what the difference is between spaced/contact coils, difference between ka1/n80/ss wires etc). my main point for the oldschool builds thread was to show a progression through to more advanced builds/topics, so it likely wouldnt cover spaced vs contact, coil jigs, maintenance, and stuff like that...

so a question for you now, are you volunteering to make it?

and a question for everyone else: do we need it? my vote is yes, i think we should start at the very beginning if we want to have new builders fully covered, and i like the idea of putting equal effort into teaching 'easy' stuff as we do for 'hard' stuff so that people of all levels can get something from all this. i often worry that we are alienating noobs with our higher level stuff, and regularly see people not wanting to post their builds because they are not fancy enough :(
 

KingPin!

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yeah it might be a good idea to do a thread on the most basic coil wrapping techniques (like how to use a jig, tricks to get perfect spaced wraps, what the difference is between spaced/contact coils, difference between ka1/n80/ss wires etc). my main point for the oldschool builds thread was to show a progression through to more advanced builds/topics, so it likely wouldnt cover spaced vs contact, coil jigs, maintenance, and stuff like that...

so a question for you now, are you volunteering to make it?

and a question for everyone else: do we need it? my vote is yes, i think we should start at the very beginning if we want to have new builders fully covered, and i like the idea of putting equal effort into teaching 'easy' stuff as we do for 'hard' stuff so that people of all levels can get something from all this. i often worry that we are alienating noobs with our higher level stuff, and regularly see people not wanting to post their builds because they are not fancy enough :(
Love the idea and to be honest despite my passion for building coils I still use the basics a lot especially as my time is so restricted these days
 

Carambrda

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yeah it might be a good idea to do a thread on the most basic coil wrapping techniques (like how to use a jig, tricks to get perfect spaced wraps, what the difference is between spaced/contact coils, difference between ka1/n80/ss wires etc). my main point for the oldschool builds thread was to show a progression through to more advanced builds/topics, so it likely wouldnt cover spaced vs contact, coil jigs, maintenance, and stuff like that...

so a question for you now, are you volunteering to make it?

and a question for everyone else: do we need it? my vote is yes, i think we should start at the very beginning if we want to have new builders fully covered, and i like the idea of putting equal effort into teaching 'easy' stuff as we do for 'hard' stuff so that people of all levels can get something from all this. i often worry that we are alienating noobs with our higher level stuff, and regularly see people not wanting to post their builds because they are not fancy enough :(
I still don't know how to freehand clapton so I vote yes. :giggle:
 

mach1ne

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so i mostly hang around 'post your builds', and i totally forgot that @gbalkam has already made a great thread on basic builds, tuning/installing coils and all the topics @David Wolf was thinking we needed a thread on, so i added it to the top of the list (with permission). its a perfect fit for the series and a great start for anyone who is literally just starting out and hasnt even wrapped a round wire coil or installed/pulsed/tuned/wicked a build. its been around a while, and gone a little quiet at this point, but its a great place for discussion/questions on wrapping/installing/tuning/wicking/wire types/maintenance/wire and all the other topics relating to building coils.

thanks @gbalkam :cheers:

edit - if there are any other threads that i missed, that need to be linked in this thread, let me know :D
 

gbalkam

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Next in the coil building for dummies series... a 3 core clapton.
3x 26ga kanthal wrapped with 32ga stainless steel. (due to it is easier to see)
 

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