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PPBART 10-07-2012 08:18 AM

Replace wire nuts?
 
Should wire nuts be replaced when removed? For example, I've removed several ceiling light fixtures to install vinyl ceiling. When those fixtures are reinstalled, should I replace the wire nuts when reconnecting the wires?

I'm asking this because my neighbor (who BTW is not an electrician) was over here yesterday to see what I was up to and he says he's sure the nuts must be replaced whenever they are removed. (Personally, it would seem to me that if the nut tightens down, it should be OK -- but I'm not an electrician, either!)

darren 10-07-2012 08:23 AM

As long as they tighten down you are good to go.

bobelectric 10-07-2012 09:49 AM

I never reuse connectors.

Fix'n it 10-07-2012 10:01 AM

as long as it tightens down = what difference does it make = none.

ddawg16 10-07-2012 10:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by darren (Post 1025681)
As long as they tighten down you are good to go.

The only reason I have seen where they would not tigheten is if a piece of wire was stuck up inside the cone. A quick look to make sure it's clean and clear....works every time. Like Darren says....if they tighten...they are good.

The only time I don't reuse is if they are the ones that are plastic inside as well...typically the small gauge nuts....on those, after about one use, the plastic threads are pretty dull.....

But then again, I don't like useing the ones that are plasitic inside.

electures 10-07-2012 10:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ddawg16 (Post 1025763)
The only reason I have seen where they would not tigheten is if a piece of wire was stuck up inside the cone. A quick look to make sure it's clean and clear....works every time. Like Darren says....if they tighten...they are good.

The only time I don't reuse is if they are the ones that are plastic inside as well...typically the small gauge nuts....on those, after about one use, the plastic threads are pretty dull.....

But then again, I don't like useing the ones that are plasitic inside.

Same here.

PPBART 10-07-2012 11:00 AM

OK, thanks to all for the prompt replies.

bobelectric 10-07-2012 11:28 AM

But for 10 apeice,use new.


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