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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old Jul 16th, 2007, 12:10 pm Thread Starter
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So lets say ones soldering skills kind of suck...

And you want to tap a a wire for some reason, whats a good alternative?

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old Jul 16th, 2007, 2:22 pm
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And you want to tap a a wire for some reason, whats a good alternative?
Use a 1-size over crimp style butt connector. Put 2 wires in one end and 1 wire, plus filler strands in the other side. Cover with shrink tubing.

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And you want to tap a a wire for some reason, whats a good alternative?
Scotchlok connectors work pretty well. Just have to get the right wire size.


I've used the ones on the lower slightly left of that picture with no issues.

My experience with soldering includes finding out that while a 25W iron will allow me to remove a soldered connection, I needed 100w to put it back.



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I've used insulated crimp connectors with success in the past. As long as you use the proper size you should have no problem with that solution.


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sounds like a good excuse to practice your soldering skills! But I like using butt connectors.
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Best way to splice wires...

Strip off about 1 inch of insulation from a length of wire (from the middle of the wire)

Split the copper wires in half (don't cut them just separate the wires)

Strip off the end of the second wire.

Split this one into two strands.

Insert the end of one wire between the separated strands of the other.

Wrap the two ends in opposite directions.

If you can get shrink wrap on this great.

If not I haven't had a problem with them coming apart.

Pic below does not split the second wire. I think splitting the second one and twisting them in opposite directions really lock the two together preventing it from untwisting.
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Otherwise, I've heard good things about posi lok connectors.
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I just started using posi-locks, and if you can deal with a right angle connection, they are the way to go. If not, use one of the ideas above.

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Thanks for all the great suggestions....


I was soldering 3 pieces of 14 gauge stranded in place, not on a bench. WHile I had the best craftsmans soldering gun, the heat was running up the wires and all the joints were cold.....

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Thanks for all the great suggestions....


I was soldering 3 pieces of 14 gauge stranded in place, not on a bench. WHile I had the best craftsmans soldering gun, the heat was running up the wires and all the joints were cold.....
Probably your soldering gun's wattage is too low for that size job. The large lump of wire was taking too long to heat and all the heat was tracking up to the thinner wire. You almost could have used a small torch instead of the iron.

If you make a solder joint and the solder flows quickly and is shiny when cold, that's a good joint!

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