pigtails and 12ga wires


Old 12-28-15, 05:18 PM
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pigtails and 12ga wires

hello all

while i feel comfortable doing basic wiring i always find 3 or 4 12 gauge wire pigtails a bit challenging. my technique for a 3 wire pigtail is to strip about 1.5" of insulation, hold the base and twist with lineman pliers and than trim to the correct length for a red nut.

any tips for the best technique to avoid the middle wire staying stationary while twisting

Old 12-28-15, 05:25 PM
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This is an age old debate. You might want to do some test connections with scrap, not pre-twisting.

Personally, the only time I pre-twist is when I am adding a stranded wire to this type of connection. I pre-twist the 3 or 4 wires first, then wire nut with the stranded, treating it like 2 wires.

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