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Making Splices in 12V Wiring
[move][/move]I find the thin tubular splices for use with 12V wiring to be very difficult to use.  And, apparently, I am not alone judging from the condition of the four splices I removed from the wires on my old porch light.

I do have a tool for...

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Re: Making Splices in 12V Wiring
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George, sounds okay.  Just make sure the wire insulation is not disturbed or compromised as you crimp, and that there is no exposed copper from the wire.

Re: Making Splices in 12V Wiring
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If you are talking about a Butt Splice

You need to crimp the center where the wire is electrically to get a good contact.
If you are crimping the end where there is plastic and the wire insulation is thicker,
it may prevent a good connection.
You...

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Re: Making Splices in 12V Wiring
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I like to use "Yellow Jacket" splices from ELK.  They can pierce through the insulation, so they don't require stripping of the insulation, although I always do.  They work on 18-30 gauge wire, so you are a bit more limited on what you can put in...

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Re: Making Splices in 12V Wiring
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The phone company use to use them all the time on their 24 gauge telco wire. I used the silicon filled ones in my business. As you said the top is great for metering your connections without taking it apart.

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The phone company use to use them all the time on their 24 gauge telco wire. I used the silicon filled ones in my business. As you said the top is great for metering your connections without...


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Re: Making Splices in 12V Wiring
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Butt splice and other crimp-on connections can be difficult to get right.  The problem with the ELK connectors is they only go up to 18 gauge and they are not "in-line".  Many wires in a coach are larger than that.  There are several ways to get...

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Re: Making Splices in 12V Wiring
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George , all of my guys use a crimper that crimps on the top end of the pliers past the hinge ,it gives us more leverage.Look in the electrical dept there at Lowe's.CRS cant remember the brand name.should cost in the $ 25.00 to $ 35.00 range.

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Re: Making Splices in 12V Wiring
Reply #9
Spend the extra money and get a ratcheting crimper. You will get a more
consistent crimp. They can even be calibrated. We used to be required to
use calibrated crimpers for nuclear work, and certified for crimping the
'big stuff' - like 4160V...

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Re: Making Splices in 12V Wiring
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Dave,

I, too, have ratcheting crimpers (Ideal, similar to AMP) but I find they do not work well with some of the crimp terminals that are not the same size from end to end.  It has proven to be very hard for me to find the proper crimp terminals...

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