Hose Clamp For Cable Splice


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Old 04-21-17, 11:59 AM
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Hose Clamp For Cable Splice

Yes, I mean use a worm gear hose clamp for an electrical splice. I have two #4 battery cables I'd like to splice to a #0. When I look at the usual connectors for that I get sticker shock. (No pun intended). I have no crimping tool for that size ring connector so crimping on ring connectors and bolting together really isn't an option nor is soldering because for the cost of tools I might as well buy a split bolt. What I wanted to do was take the two getting-almost-to-short-from-trimming #4 cables that are part of a harness I don't want to try the replace and extend the two cables about a foot toward the battery using a single #0 cable. I was wondering if a worm gear hose clamp would work. It would mainly be pressing the wires together not carrying that much of the current. Is my idea nuts? Anybody done that?
 
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Old 04-21-17, 12:03 PM
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Stay with crimp terminals. Pick up one of these bad boys. A hammer crimper. I used several for over 20 years. Probably get one at Harbor. They run $10-15.

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Old 04-21-17, 12:12 PM
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Thanks, Pete. .
 
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Old 04-21-17, 12:22 PM
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So looking at the price of the hammer crimper (Harbor Freight, Ebay, Amazon) and cost of lugs I'm wondering what size split bolt connector for one #0 and two #4. I'm thinking a split bolt connector may be cheaper.
 
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Old 04-21-17, 03:07 PM
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Coming from left field, but would a PEX 1/2" crimp ring work? Not sure how big the bundle you have is. They also have 3/8" rings, but that's another tool.
 
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Old 04-21-17, 03:34 PM
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I'd be thinking a split bolt connector. Sorry, missed where you mentioned that earlier. Can't rattle sizes off, but measure the largest cable and match it up at the hardware store or big box.
 
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Old 04-21-17, 09:44 PM
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Thanks all. For now it reaches barely but anticipating future problems.
 
 

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