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daniel2229 05-08-2008 09:49 AM

alternative to wirenuts?
 
I have seen some new devices that replace traditional wirenuts. The wire is pushed in the side of a plastic block. The other wire that you are extending goes into the other side. They look very easy to use, but are they as good as wirenuts?

kok328 05-08-2008 07:19 PM

I know wirenuts work well and would be hesitant to use anything else. Does this new device work w/stranded wire?

Dave928 05-09-2008 03:51 AM

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Originally Posted by daniel2229 (Post 18843)
I have seen some new devices that replace traditional wirenuts. The wire is pushed in the side of a plastic block. The other wire that you are extending goes into the other side. They look very easy to use, but are they as good as wirenuts?

since i work in aerospace, i really HATE wire nuts. very low-tech and they're garbage. wires twisted together is not a solid connection. to me, they're a fire just waiting to happen. moisture proof (heat shrink) crimp splices are a much more solid connection.

wire nuts are used because they're quicker, not better.

Dave928 05-09-2008 03:53 AM

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Originally Posted by kok328 (Post 18868)
I know wirenuts work well and would be hesitant to use anything else. Does this new device work w/stranded wire?

more than likely you would crimp a solid terminal onto the end of the wire then push it into the block.

unless it just has a screw you tighten onto the wire end...

daniel2229 05-09-2008 06:18 AM

I read a couple of forums that stated the push-in connectors are not the best quality. Our electrician in our building said he didn't like them because there was only two contact points in the block -- where the wire is clenched.

He convinced me to go with wirenuts, which I did last night. I got the kind with wings so my arthritic fingers could deal with them.

handyguys 05-09-2008 11:23 AM

The electrician sub used when I built my most recent house used them. They are kind of neat but more expensive, thats offset by labor savings I suppose. Downside is you can undo them as I recall.

kok328 05-12-2008 04:26 PM

Yea, my fingers cramp up after a few dozen wirenuts too. Buy the kind that has a 5/16" head on the top and use a nut driver to turn them.

TaskBoy 05-23-2008 01:07 AM

I like wire nuts in the proper size. Once tightened, I wrap the base of the nut and the wires going into it with electrician's tape. It's a fast, safe connection.


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