From: "Michael A. Terrell"
Subject: Re: wire joining practice..
Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2002 11:05:47 -0400
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Chuck Simmons wrote:
> Al Hephy wrote:
> > AC/DCdude17 wrote in message news:3D8D92CD.856FC4B7@prontoREMOVETHISmail.com...
> > > By the way, what methods are used to make splices outside North America?
> > > Here wire-to-wire connections are made with wire nuts. You hold two wires
> > > together, and you slip on a special lid thing and twist it on. That's it. I
> > > doubt you'll see many crimp on terminals or crimp on splices here. What
> > > happened to spade terminals and such here?
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > You are right that most splices are done that way in the US, but it is not the best practice, especially the ones without the metallic insert (I've seen the plastic ones crack open in time).
> > The connection should first be made by twisting, such that it is electrically secure in its own right, then use the wire nut to clinch the deal and provide insulation.
> > Regards, Al
> The idea in the wire nut is to create enough force between the
> conductors to get a gas tight connection. Crimp uses the same idea.
> Better than wire nuts are the bolts (I forget what they are called) that
> are split to admit the conductors and a nut is tightened to force the
> conductors together.
> ... The times have been,
> That, when the brains were out,
> the man would die. ... Macbeth
> Chuck Simmons email@example.com
They are called "Split bolts"
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