Fancy wire splicing - what's this called?

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Old 03-07-07, 05:57 PM
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Fancy wire splicing - what's this called?

A friend once told me (and demonstrated with wires) what he said was the best way to splice a broken electrical cord together (cord to a regular household appliance) -- where once they were looped a certain way and knotted, no matter how hard you tugged at the ends the chain created by the loops would prevent the splice from easily unraveling. I remember trying myself and it was very secure. It was the way each side looped through the other that made this work.

Now I'm trying to find a name and/or illustration of this on the 'Net, but can't find one. Does anyone know what this type of knot or splicing is called?

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Old 03-07-07, 06:38 PM
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I believe that is called a "UL knot", or an "underwriter's knot".
 
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Old 03-07-07, 07:07 PM
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This may be going way back , but damned if that don't sound like a western union.
 
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Western union*

BURKE--- You get my vote. Old school, good- But that don't make it right.

Get a new cord.
 
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Agreed, they are quite illegal.
 
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The only time I see or use the "western union" now..... Is for tieing on a wire to be removed, and pull in a new one. Those knots are quite strong don't ya know.
 
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hahaha, the exact same thing i use them for!
 
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Old 03-07-07, 09:14 PM
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You guys are right!
I was thinking of the knot one would tie inside a plug to keep the tension off of the screws. I've actually used this when wiring the old-style round plugs.
 
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