From: Richard Kanarek
Subject: Re: wire joining practice..
References: <3D84792C.15312F03@prontoREMOVETHISmail.com> <3D8D92CD.856FC4B7@prontoREMOVETHISmail.com> <1032703544.547222@savina>
X-Newsreader: Forte Agent 1.91/32.564
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2002 08:27:50 GMT
NNTP-Posting-Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2002 01:27:50 PDT
Organization: EarthLink Inc. -- http://www.EarthLink.net
Being highly impertinent, I must respectfully -- and cautiously --
disagree with your recent post:
On Sun, 22 Sep 2002 10:05:39 -0400, "Al Hephy"
>The connection [wire nut] 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.
While my field servicing days are a decade behind me, and while I was
an Electronics Technician, and not an Electrician, here's what I
1) The instructions on the wire nut box (at least the one I recall)
say NOT to twist the wires before inserting them into the nut. (Please
don't hesitate to correct me if I'm wrong!)
2) The majority of failed connections I encountered were due to fork
terminals being (sort of) crimped with a cheap Radio Shack (ish)
crimping tool, rather than a real Amp tool w/trapazoidal dies. I do,
however, recall the occasional wire nut falling to my feet and in
those (few) cases, the wires looked (?) to have been deliberately
twisted before insertion.
Richard -- I read instructions, that's how I got to be where I am
today, help! -- Kanarek, CET