Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Electrical

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-30-2010, 09:55 AM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 211
Rewards Points: 0
Share |
Default

connecting straight wire to stranded


I am sure this question has been asked before, but I could not find it using search. I must connect 12 gauge wire to stranded wire on my bathroom overhead fan/heater/light combo. What is the best way to attach straight wire to the stranded stuff?
Thanks in advance to all who answer.

Cossack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2010, 10:35 AM   #2
Licensed electrician
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Maryland
Posts: 7,598
Rewards Points: 30
Default

connecting straight wire to stranded


I like to strip the stranded a little longer than the factory strip and manually wrap it clockwise around the solid. I also slightly lead the solid with the stranded. Install connector and give a slight tug on the stranded to ensure a good connection.

__________________
Answers based on the National Electrical Code. Local amendments may apply. Check with your local building officials.
Jim Port is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2010, 11:40 AM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 211
Rewards Points: 0
Default

connecting straight wire to stranded


Thnks Jim. How long would you say you make the exposed portion of the stranded and straight wires?

Also what size wire nut should be used for one 12 ga and one stranded?
Cossack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2010, 01:46 PM   #4
Electrician
 
Proby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: NJ
Posts: 818
Rewards Points: 0
Default

connecting straight wire to stranded


Quote:
Originally Posted by Cossack View Post
Thnks Jim. How long would you say you make the exposed portion of the stranded and straight wires?
Depends on the wire nut and the length of the skirt (if any). 3/4" usually works, but make sure nothing is sticking out of the wire nut.
Quote:
Also what size wire nut should be used for one 12 ga and one stranded?
It's hard to describe wire nut sizes unless you are talking about a specific brand. I only use 3M so I would use red/yellows or blue/oranges. But the colors will be different for a different brand of wire nut.

Look at the listing of the wire nut you choose and make sure it could do at least (2) X #12.
__________________
Anything fun is either illegal, immoral, or fattening.
Proby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2010, 01:51 PM   #5
the Musigician
 
DangerMouse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: I'm right here!
Posts: 10,404
Rewards Points: 0
Default

connecting straight wire to stranded


I'd think it'd be best to solder the ends to stiffen/solder together the stranded wire, wouldn't it?
(Well.... if they aren't already, as I've seen them before on some fixtures.)

DM
__________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Click here to see some of my original magic tricks and trick boxes!
DangerMouse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2010, 01:52 PM   #6
Totally screwed together
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Cypress, SoCal
Posts: 325
Rewards Points: 0
Default

connecting straight wire to stranded


Usually those wires are pretty thin and flexible, so you can't twist them together like you would with two solid wires.

I like to strip the solid 1/2" or less, 3/8 is better. Strip the stranded wire a little longer, like 25% longer than the solid.
Tape the two wires together so that the insulation is even (the stranded will be longer of course) - this will ensure any physical stresses are not placed on the stranded wire which will easily break.
Wrap the stranded around the solid as if you were screwing down the wire nut, then screw on a wire nut. Use an orange one if the solid wire is #14, use yellow if it is #12 wire.

xxPaulCPxx is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2 Wire Thermostat question vtec69 Electrical 19 10-19-2009 05:14 PM
How do I wire these switches? keano016 Electrical 2 10-07-2009 10:19 AM
Fishing Wire MikeyP Electrical 17 12-01-2008 10:05 PM
Neutral Wire? 4x15mph Electrical 8 11-24-2008 01:00 PM
Stove Top wire capt2 Electrical 8 10-05-2007 01:41 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.