From: "John Gilmer"
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Subject: Re: wire joining practice..
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2002 11:50:51 -0400
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> > Whatever the official CYA instructions are, I always insert the wires
> > parallel, in one group, into the wirenut. I then rotate the wirenut,
> > sure that the wires are not backing out of the wirenut. I always use the
> > "winged" wirenuts (they have little plastic extensions that allow you to
> > apply more torque) and I always use wirenuts that have an internal metal
> > coil spring. I rotate until I can't turn any more, or at least up to the
> > point I feel the plastic body start to slip on the coil spring.
> And then just to be sure, I overwrap with electrical tape. At least,
> when I am installing wires in MY house.
Tape adds NOTHING but makes a mess.
The tape can conceal a poor wire nut installation and makes it more
difficult to see what is going on in the box.
Its your house, of course. But if I open a box and see tape I almost
always end up taking it off unless 1) it marks a WHITE wire as being
"pretend black) or 2) it is buried way back and I don't need to pull it out.
I prefer to put a wirenut "cap" on unused wires rather than tape. The
"nut" stays in place and doesn't leave a mess. You don't have to strip the
wire to "cap" it with a "nut."