DIY Cassette Adapter

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DIY Cassette Adapter
Cassette tapes are a thing of the past but you can still listen to CDs and other audio if your car has a cassette player. (cassette/tape. abstract, balance,black and white image by L. Shat from Fotolia.com)

If your car has a cassette player, but you only have CDs or other audio, this might cause a problem. There are several solutions to this, but the cheapest and easiest solution would be to get a cassette adaptor to connect your CD and cassette players. You can buy a cassette adaptor at an electronics store, but it is cheaper to make your own. By following a few quick and simple steps, you can start listening to CDs in your car in no time.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Cassette tape held together with screws
  • 2ft of 30 gauge enamel covered copper wire
  • Old or broken headphones
  • 2 small wire nuts
  • Solder
  • Soldering iron
  • Crimp connectors
  • Hobby knife

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Unscrew the screws from the cassette tape and sit them aside. Be sure not to lose them.

  2. 2

    Remove all moving parts from inside the cassette tape, leaving only the plastic pins that guided the tape before.

  3. 3

    Strip the copper wire except for one and a half inches of insulation on both ends.

  4. 4

    Wrap the large stripped portion of the wire around the two plastic posts in the cassette tape. Wrap each end of the wire around the plastic posts five times. Start wrapping from the centre of the wire so both cassette posts have two wire lengths extending from them.

  5. 5

    Cut the headphone wires just above where they separate to go to each headphone.

  6. 6

    Strip a half-inch of the insulation from each end of the headphone wires Attach one headphone wire to each end of copper wire that was extends from the plastic posts.

  7. 7

    Twist the four wires together, then solder or crimp the connections to create solid electrical connections between the copper wires and headphone wires.

  8. 8

    Cut a small "V" in a side or the back of the cassette case using your hobby knife. Route the wire through the "V" cutout. Use the side cutout if you have a side-loading cassette player; use the back cutout if you have a front-loading cassette player.

  9. 9

    Screw the cassette case back together using the screws that you removed in Step 1. You have successfully made your own cassette adaptor.

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