Is a big blue wirenut the right one for this?


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Old 02-15-14, 12:58 PM
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Is a big blue wirenut the right one for this?

I replaced a light fixture. The neutral fixture wire was pigtailed to a splice with 6! #14's. The wire nut they used was too small.

I first tried to use a red that said rated for up to 6 but the already twisted splice was damaging the nut. I then resorted to using a Gardner and Bender Blue wingnut. Everything fit of course but I was worried that #14's would be to small for such a large wirenut?

Did I overkill it?
 
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Old 02-15-14, 01:29 PM
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The acceptable combinations of wires and sizes should be on the packaging.
 
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Old 02-15-14, 01:31 PM
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If I had the packaging I wouldn't have to ask here. Thanks though.
 
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Old 02-15-14, 02:27 PM
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If it holds securely you should be okay.
 
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Old 02-15-14, 03:03 PM
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Think of the rating as a guideline.
If you have a solid joint with enough bare copper exposed and twisted, no copper is showing from the wirenut skirt, and the wirenut is on solid, you have defeated the exposed joint.
You could use a blue for 2 14s if you wanted to.
 
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Old 02-15-14, 03:24 PM
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You could use a blue for 2 14s if you wanted to.
Yeah you could. But it will pull right off with a slight tug or when you push it into a box. ... heck I am second guessing SIX! This is big blue we are talking about brother.
 
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Old 02-15-14, 03:30 PM
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In theory it would be snug, in theory it would pop off.
I stand by the point I was making. A blue or red or possibly even a yellow can work.
 
 

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