Which wire splice/repair product?

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Old 07-27-19, 10:59 PM
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Question Which wire splice/repair product?

I've got some decorative wire lights that were apparently chewed through by squirrels. What would be the best product to use to repair the wire?

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Old 07-28-19, 05:17 AM
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What kind of wire does the light use? Are the lights AC or DC powered?
 
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Old 07-28-19, 05:37 AM
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I would just splice the wires (solder if possible) and use either black tape or shrink insulation.
 
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Is that low voltage wiring or 120 volts?
 
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Is that low voltage wiring or 120 volts?
hmm...no dead squirrels, must be low voltage!
 
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They're actually 120 volt AC. The lights were off when the squirrels did their thing, so they didn't get zapped. Wire is 18 Gauge SPT-1.
 
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Looks like an awful lot of wire missing. It may be easier to replace that string of lights.
 
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It's 100' of wire, already installed (stapled) around the interior of my dock/boathouse. Pretty sure it will be much easier to just replace the missing section with a little bit of 18 gauge wire rather than pulling it all down and replacing the whole string. Just looking for the easiest/most attractive way to make the repair.
 
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Being as it is 120 volts you will need proper junction boxes to make the connections.
 
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That means you'll need two junction boxes for each end of splicing. If a rodent got it once it's bound to happen again. I would consider conduit.
 
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Since it's a string of lights which I assume are plugged in and not permeant building wiring I say phooey to the junction boxes. I'd just braid or twist the ends together using a new piece of cord and solder then use heat shrink on the individual sections with an overall piece of heat shrink covering the whole splice. Spray some critter ridder in the area.
 
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May I suggest a pellet gun, comfy chair, a cooler of your favorite beverage and quietly sit by the boathouse for an afternoon.
 
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Here in our town, one can buy a bee-bee gun and use it within our town and shoot at a target within his own property lines. But as soon as he shoots at ANY living animal be it frog, squirrel, rabbit or bird, it's considered hunting and one must buy a license, and will be fined for shooting within the town with a hunting license.
 
 

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