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Toller 05-01-2013 11:22 PM

Is soldering okay?
 
I was getting frustrated getting some stranded wire into a wire clamp. I put some solder on the wire, let it cool, and it slipped right in.

I know you can't make a connection that relies on solder, but that's not the case here. Is this okay?

stickboy1375 05-01-2013 11:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Toller (Post 1171005)
I was getting frustrated getting some stranded wire into a wire clamp. I put some solder on the wire, let it cool, and it slipped right in.

I know you can't make a connection that relies on solder, but that's not the case here. Is this okay?

tinning a wire should not be an issue...

ddawg16 05-01-2013 11:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Toller (Post 1171005)
I was getting frustrated getting some stranded wire into a wire clamp. I put some solder on the wire, let it cool, and it slipped right in.

I know you can't make a connection that relies on solder, but that's not the case here. Is this okay?

Actually, it's done all the time.

In some industries, it's a required way to do a crimp connection.

Don't confuse that with a soldered connection...different animal.

AllanJ 05-02-2013 08:16 AM

A soldered connection is more reliable and longer lasting (except for physical damage) than any other kind of connection. Knob and tube wiring is regarded as hazardous partly because of concealed tee connections in walls and floors but if these are soldered (they usually are) they will never overheat from coming loose.

Soldered connections are more difficult to take apart if you want to change something. There is danger of melting the insulation, possibly causing a short circuit, when soldering. Some inspectors do not like soldered connections.

joed 05-02-2013 08:31 AM

AS long as you don't overheat it and damage the insulation tinning the tip of the wire is fine.

J. V. 05-03-2013 11:24 AM

Solder is rarely required with today's connecting hardware.
In fact, if you need to solder something that's not designed for solder, you are doing it wrong.

I use solder for electronics and projects that require soldering. There few if any solder requirements in building wiring.

kwilcox 05-03-2013 11:44 PM

I believe that the NEC (110.14b) continues to permit soldering as a valid wire splicing technique provided the splice is first made in a mechanically secure fashion..


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