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Old 09-09-2009, 07:30 PM   #31
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Yeah, the Scotchloks have been around for a long time. I agree they hold for sure. I came to hate them when trying to do service work. You find them in old junction boxes, and you just can't remove them! I usually just cut them off.
Did you ever try to untwist them with a pair of pliers? I only tighten "Finger Tight". When I overtighten, the wire (Even #14 &12) snaps, Not to speak of #16 & 18 Ballast wire. You really have to treat those gently! (Now more than ever)Don't Drink and Drive!!!

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I have always preferred Ideal wing nuts. Seemed better on the hands. Can't vouch for any wirenut or wingnut on wire that big. After #10 I do not like to use wirenuts or wingnuts.
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I have always preferred Ideal wing nuts. Seemed better on the hands. Can't vouch for any wirenut or wingnut on wire that big. After #10 I do not like to use wirenuts or wingnuts.
But we had a recent discussion (On another thread) about splicing #6! I agree that larger wire holds better (beside the physical exertion) with other methods than Wirenutting! I prefer using Burndy "Bugs"! (No matter what)don't Drink and Drive, Ever!!!
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Old 09-10-2009, 01:43 PM   #34
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Consider the 3M scothlock wire nut.

People hate then, why because they're hard to get off.

But in my opinion wasn't that the earlier MFG. run, and in reality, they
were made not to come off, if you installed them corretly. So we cut then off, right at the splice.

Now, and I haven't seen them, or had to work with them, but I am
told that 3M did a do over, on their scothlock wire nut, and now
we are suppose to be able to remove then, with resorting to
cutting them off.

Have anyone run across this version base on their earlier scothloct wire nut?

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Old 09-11-2009, 02:16 PM   #35
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spark plug

Consider the 3M scothlock wire nut.

People hate then, why because they're hard to get off.

But in my opinion wasn't that the earlier MFG. run, and in reality, they
were made not to come off, if you installed them corretly. So we cut then off, right at the splice.

Now, and I haven't seen them, or had to work with them, but I am
told that 3M did a do over, on their scothlock wire nut, and now
we are suppose to be able to remove then, with resorting to
cutting them off.

Have anyone run across this version base on their earlier scothloct wire nut?
Once. But regularly they come off either by twisting by hand or with a pair of pliers. All the other posters are right not to make a Federal case about it. But sometimes (especially in older wiring where there isn't enough wire left) cutting the wires is not an option.(No matter what)Don't Drink and Drive,Ever!!!
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Old 09-13-2009, 03:58 PM   #36
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Scotchloks are really easy to get off, use your 9" Klines and give 'em a big squeeze before trying to twist!

Furthermore, Scotchloks taste much better than Wire-nuts and feel way-better in the mouth. (wish they made flavors).

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Old 09-16-2009, 11:41 AM   #37
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Scotchloks are really easy to get off, use your 9" Klines and give 'em a big squeeze before trying to twist!

Furthermore, Scotchloks taste much better than Wire-nuts and feel way-better in the mouth. (wish they made flavors).

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The red ones make for good blowgun darts with 1/2" EMT. Almost perfect fit and heavy front. They fly great and hit REAL hard. If you have ever shot one or been the recipient of one you would know what I mean.

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