Butt Splice For Joining Two Lengths Of Wire ?

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Old 09-04-05, 08:21 AM
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Butt Splice For Joining Two Lengths Of Wire ?

Hello:,
--Might be a duplicate post ? PC acting up again--

Was in Home Depot the other day and saw what I guess can be termed a package of "Butt-Splices." They are insulated. Would be used for joining, e.g., 2 pieces of stripped No. 14 (in line) to each other. Would take the place of a wire nut, apparently.

Was wondering about how one squeezes down on them.
Is there a dedicated tool for doing this?

I would imagine so, as if I use a small needle nose, or a small vice grip, I would think that the insulation would become damaged.

How does one actually use them ?

Thanks,
Bob
 
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Old 09-04-05, 09:23 AM
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Are these crimp fittings? If so, you need a real crimping too, and such tools are far too expensive to be practical for infrequent usage. I suggest you look for some other connector.
 
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Old 09-04-05, 09:25 AM
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The tool would be called a crimper

This picture is a stripper/crimper combination, the end towards the handle is the end you would use to crimp the "butt splices". picture


Here is another picture of a crimper with a slight description. picture2

They vary in many brands and you can get a crimper by itself for around 5 bucks, I couldn't find any on homedepot.com

Just one question for you, this 14 wire you want to splice is it stranded or solid wire?
 
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Old 09-04-05, 01:32 PM
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From OP

Hi,

Thanks for help.

Thinking of using it on solid, No. 14.

Bob
 
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Old 09-04-05, 03:02 PM
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Then I would find another connection means as John suggested, solid wire and butt connectors don't mix very well at all.

Is wire nuts not an option?
 
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