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bonedoc 08-07-2007 10:09 PM

What do you use to reconnect a large gauge wire that was cut?
 
I have a large wire that I need to repair. It was cut. It is about the thickness of an index finger. What is the best way to repair something like this? I have seen them crimp these things on my power lines when they broke. But, I don't know what those are called. I saw those things at Lowes that you stick the wires in and you turn a nut...but I dont know how good those are. Any ideas? Can you give me a specfic name? Thanks!

jbfan 08-08-2007 07:34 AM

Can you tell us what the wire feeds, and where it is cut?
Any repaires will have to be inside a box, and remain assessible.
somewhere on the wire will tell the size.

bonedoc 08-08-2007 09:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jbfan (Post 56762)
Can you tell us what the wire feeds, and where it is cut?
Any repaires will have to be inside a box, and remain assessible.
somewhere on the wire will tell the size.

I cannot see anything on the exposed section that says the size. It is almost 1/2" thick. It is in the ground, and I already put a box around it. I just dont know how I should connect them. A crimp sort of fitting looks like it would be nice, but I dont know what those are called.

martyshel 08-08-2007 10:55 AM

I would use copper split bolt lugs inside a weather proof box. Make sure you wrap the lugs/exposed wires with at least 10 wraps of high quality electrical tape (Scotch 33+ or better).

bonedoc 08-08-2007 11:23 AM

That sounds great. I have one question about those pieces. The ones that I have are U shaped and there is a bolt that screws down on it. Do I place the wires on top of each other and then tighten in down, or do I touch them end to end and then tighten them down? It does not seem like the end to end deal would be very easy to do. Will this fitting reduce the amount of electrical flow , or does it even matter because the rest of the wire is huge?

joed 08-08-2007 07:54 PM

Place them on top of each other from opposite directions.

JohnJ0906 08-08-2007 08:56 PM

What is this wire?
Where does it go?

Is there any voltage??

skymaster 08-10-2007 07:02 PM

BONEDOC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please explain GOES IN THE GROUND????????
Is this a bare wire? Does it connect to a big rod about 1/2 or 5/8" in dia that sticks up a bit?? Sounds like the earth ground for your electrical service!!!
This is nothing personal but I think you should stop where you are and get an electrician. presuming this is the ground God forbid any kind of short anywhere in your system as u are messing with this and YOU become the path to ground. TOAST comes to mind. Be Safe Call
JackM
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SecretSquirrel 08-10-2007 08:00 PM

BoneDoc can validate this or not... but I believe all this may have originated from this thread. Take a peak and maybe it'll shed some light on the issue.

skymaster 08-10-2007 10:52 PM

Mike answered your PM. my public answer to this additional information:eek:
He is scaring me :( I am not an electrician but have been in construction over 25 yrs I feel safe to say No Way Jose.
JackM


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