strands of stranded wire


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Old 03-22-14, 01:09 PM
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strands of stranded wire

I had a hvac installer put in an AC last year. I had to remake the connections in a junction box with the supply wires.

I noticed a stranded #10 joined with a solid #10. The stranded conductor was damaged, it had perhaps half or 3/4 less strands showing in the splice. So it was more like a #14 stranded joined with the solid. Yet there was no sign of overheating.

Was that joint destined for failure? The fool who made the splice should be docked.
 
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Old 03-22-14, 06:30 PM
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Was that joint destined for failure?
Maybe.......Where was the connection and who installed it and/or made the connection?
 
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Old 03-23-14, 06:56 PM
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It's definitely not a properly made splice with that many strands broken off.

How much of an overheating issue it was really depends on the actual load, and how secure the connection actually was. I would definitely redo it, if you haven't already.
 
 

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