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I ended up using 4mm-width, 30mm length wood screws, i.e. screws with a conical head and a cross shaped recess (for Philips/Posidriv screwdrivers). So, something like the second from the right in this image: I used a 3.3mm metal drilling bit - narrower than the screw. Since the metal is thin, and likely not very hard, I was expecting to be able to widen the ...


A common bolt cutter would do well, assuming solid wire and not stranded: A more dedicated cable shears would be easier and make cleaner cuts, but it's likely much more expensive:

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