connecting stranded wire to solid?

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Old 08-12-07, 01:26 PM
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connecting stranded wire to solid?

I have to connect 2 #12 wires one is stranded the other is solid. I am connecting stranded wires that I pulled through conduit to romex wire. Can I use split bolt connectors? I looked at HD and the smallest ones they had were for # 10 wire. TIA Tim
 
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Old 08-12-07, 01:39 PM
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You can use Bcaps (red) for the connection. To connect stranded, allow the strands to extend about 1/8 inch past the solid wire, then start the bcap, and twist until both wires begin to turn with you. Pull on both to make sure it took.
 
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Thanks Chandler, I wasn't sure if it was ok to use wire nuts.
 
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Old 08-12-07, 06:32 PM
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It helps some times to twist the strands of the wire together a little tighter. I seem to have better luck when I do this first.
 
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Would it be alright to apply solder ( solid core) to the stranded wire? Just curious.
 
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Old 08-12-07, 08:08 PM
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In the old days before wire nuts you soldered then wraped with rubber tape then covered with friction tape. However IMHO with wire nuts soldering would be over the top. After all most light fixtures have stranded wire and are routinely wire nutted and they work fine. Don't think you need solder but it should be rosin core.

(Always wondered how many fires were started from the gasoline blow torches used to heat the soldering irons.)
 
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