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How to Start that SBB-type Coil:

Some people have come up with very complex procedures for starting the SBB-type coil.

I've never tried these, because I am convinced that the obvious, simple way is easier and neater.

First, find center point and grasp with pliers.

Then bend one arm.

Then, continuing to hold the center, bend the other arm in the same direction.
Of course, you'll need to snug it up some; I left it large for illustration.

While you're making that center for a cat or loohan coil, be sure to keep in mind the advice on my page on neatness and cat coils

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