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I use crimp connectors and terminals on braided wire in automotive

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I use crimp connectors and terminals on braided wire in automotive work. Can these connectors be used in house hold lighting circuits? Does it matter if the wire is solid or braided?
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The type of crimp tool that just mashes a terminal onto the wire flat will not work at all on solid wire, and works poorly on stranded or braided wire.

The kind of crimp tool, called a 'stake-on' type works much much better.. I will get this out to you now, and in the meantime I will look up some examples to show you.

Phil
Here is the stake-on type of crimp tool that will work well on solid wire, but you need to be careful not to work the terminal and wire loose by over handling them....You need to put the stake post on the crimp tool *opposite the seam in the terminal.


grainger industrial supply carries these... Thomas and Betts makes the best over the range of sizes, small to very large.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Would I be better just using wire nuts? I'm doing this job on a submarine museum and safety is primary importance.


Hello again, wire nuts are very good if connecting all solid wired and if you use electricians pliers to twist them all together (clockwise) then apply the wire nut, Wire nuts make it almost impossible to do a neat job however, unless used in an accessible race way.

Terminal strips are better than wire nuts in most situations. And mandatory where you need to continuously verify the quality of every connection. You cannot do that easily with wire nuts.

Wire nuts of course cannot replace wire terminals


Let me know if this makes any sense on your end, we can go from there.

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