Wire Nut Reamer/Cleaner

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Old 07-06-13, 01:54 PM
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Wire Nut Reamer/Cleaner

No, that's not a misprint, I'm actually asking about such a thing... it apparently doesn't exist.

Why not??? With all of the useless crappy doodads and whatchamacallits these days, you think someone would have hit on the idea, or am I just that insane?

New nuts, I don't really care, but is it not common to have nuts on old work break off? Yes, I do save them.....
 
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Old 07-06-13, 02:03 PM
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It's real common for wires to break off in old wirenuts. Never found a way to remove them though.
 
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Old 07-06-13, 05:03 PM
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Wire nuts are far too cheap for me to waste my time on cleaning them.
 
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Old 07-07-13, 06:36 AM
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I used to use extra-pointy needle-nosed pliers to get old wires out of them. But then I realized that my time is worth more than the few-cent wire nut. Also, I'm part of the disposal generation. I like everything I work on to be clean and new. It's occasionally a character flaw
 
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Many times re-using a wire nut doesn't result in a tight connection. They loosen for whatever reason, and I wouldn't trust them with a current-carrying circuit that's close to the wire rating. The few cents you save could cause thousands of dollars damage due to fire.
 
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Old 07-07-13, 08:38 AM
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It's cheaper for me to run to Fromm and get a new box for $10 than to spend ~$80 and my time removing wires.
 
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Old 07-07-13, 10:50 PM
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Ideal 71s and 74s
That's about exactly how old they are, too.

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Old 07-08-13, 12:02 AM
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I pitch those brittle things as far as I can when I find them. I could send them to you instead.
 
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Old 07-08-13, 08:16 AM
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Ideal 71s and 74s
That's about exactly how old they are, too.
Those are some extremely old products from Ideal. The Ideal 74B has yellow and differently configured for at least 40 years.
 
 

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