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Old 07-05-2010, 08:13 PM   #1
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I am planning on wiring our new sunroom myself. The local wiring inspector has told me he wants me to use Buchanan crimp type wiring connectors - green for the grounding connections. I have not been able to find them on the web, the only crimp type I can find are bare. Am I blind? His office also told my my application had to be accompanied by a letter from my insurance company. When I called our insurance company, they had never received such a request and didn't know what the letter was supposed to say, but they did agree that they are not qualified to judge whether I am competent to do the work. Does anybody know where I can purchase green crimp type wire connectors?

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google "Buchanan crimp" and you will find lots of sources. Keep in mind it uses a relatively expensive crimp tool.

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I don't see why you cannot use green wire-nuts and pigtail the ground wire to the fixture.
My electrical inspector is a real stickler, but he isn't making me crimp....

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whether I am competent to do the work.
If you, as a homeowner are allowed in your county to do the work, then you are doing your job just by being here and asking questions to be sure it's done correctly, HIS job is to make sure it is too. If he INSISTS on you using crimp, ask him where to purchase them, if he does not know, ask if code prohibits green wirenuts....

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Not sure Buchanan crimps come in green. Maybe if you let them oxidize for awhile it will be green enough for him.

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Your inspector and his office are obviously anti-DIY and making up fictional requirements. Ask the office for clarification on the letter. All your insurance company can do is give you a letter that you have insurance with them. Tell the inspector your going to use the same wirenuts that most electricians in your area are using.
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I agree with jogr. Crimp connectors are not an NEC requirement. But it is better to keep your inspector happy.
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They do NOT have to be crimped with the special 4-way crimper. See the image below where it says "Alternate tools".

Ideal also makes the same crimps, only in steel, and can be crimped with ANY regular crimper. Linemans with a built-in crimper work as well as this tool:



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Oh, and I also agree with this:
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