Hold The Nuts! (wire Nuts That Is) - Electrical - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Electrical


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Display Modes
Old 05-21-2008, 12:41 AM   #1
analogmusicman's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: colorado springs
Posts: 621
Rewards Points: 560

hold the nuts! (wire nuts that is)

when I was at HD today, I asked the "electrical guru" if they had wire nuts to connect 2 #6 wires. sure, he says but then can't find any! so he says I'll have to use these copper gizmos that run about 5 bucks each that hold the 2 wires and you torque down this nut. that's too much to just connect some wires since I'd need 4. (ok,so I'm "frugal" ) so I asked if code would allow just twisting the wires together,soldering and put some electrical tape on? he said sure. my question is whether he knows what he's talking about or do I need those thingamajigs since I DO want to stay within code.

analogmusicman is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 05-21-2008, 01:02 AM   #2
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 84
Rewards Points: 75

The code does permit soldered connections as long as the splice is mechanically and electrically secure before soldering. (NEC 110.14(B)). Your 6AWG wires are going to be hard to twist together well enough to make a solid splice, and you'll need a high-powered soldering iron. It would probably be easier to find another store with better stock than the Borg.
Matsukaze is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 05-21-2008, 06:57 AM   #3
Licensed electrician
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Maryland
Posts: 12,920
Rewards Points: 3,836

I believe the Ideal big blue wire nuts are good for 2 #6.
Jim Port is online now   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 05-21-2008, 07:58 AM   #4
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 79
Rewards Points: 75


I do indeed twist those stranded conductors together . . .solder them and ..yes run a blueWing down on them with an electric torque adjustable

BEE-ootable connection that will outlive me . . but I own my own shop so I have luxury of experience and a mans own standards

roger what the other Sparky said..go to E supply house or another store...LOwes maybe and get some Blue Wings
Kingsmurf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2008, 08:18 AM   #5
Registered User
Termite's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 6,520
Rewards Points: 2,000

The code does not permit simply twisting the wires together and taping them. You have to have a mechanical connection (ie: wire nuts, buchanan crimps, etc.).

Soldered connections must be spliced or joined together mechanically BEFORE SOLDERING and must not be reliant on the solder to make the connection. Simply twisting the wires together is not considered a mechanical connection anymore.

Last edited by Termite; 05-21-2008 at 08:24 AM.
Termite is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2008, 11:17 AM   #6
J. V.'s Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 4,244
Rewards Points: 578

HD has the blue wing nuts. 3 for $4.00. Unreal
J. V. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2008, 11:34 AM   #7
You talking to me?
nap's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: sw mi
Posts: 7,551
Rewards Points: 6,290

Originally Posted by analogmusicman View Post
. my question is whether he knows what he's talking
No, he doesn't. He is an idiot that should be drawn and quartered for dispensing improper and very possibly harmful (even to the point of lethal) electrical advice.

There are a few employees of those types of places that do know what they are talking about but as a general rule, I would not listen to their advice. A good protion of the time, they are merely repeating what somebody else told them and have no idea as to what actually is legal.
nap is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Dryer Grounding??? Traci_howdyadothat Electrical 7 05-27-2008 01:14 PM
Installing Fluorescents in Garage rzrbkpk Electrical 26 04-08-2008 09:00 PM
Stranded wire on screw connections BigJimmy Electrical 7 01-19-2008 02:42 PM
Wire Nuts handy man88 Electrical 4 11-12-2007 05:40 PM
Old house, new light fixture, too many wires Persephonee Electrical 3 01-15-2007 08:58 AM

Top of Page | View New Posts