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How bad is this?

Instead of a wire nut, the hot leads are spliced with a ground crimp sleeve and the splice is wrapped in electrical tape.

It's been there since the Vietnam era and hasn't caused a problem but it makes me unhappy.

Is there any reason to change it other than my own satisfaction? Do I think of it as hackish or hazardous?
 

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I would switch it out to the proper connector.
 

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You already have it open, FIX IT RIGHT.

Then worry about every other box in the facility. :surprise:

If they did it once, the odds are high that they did most of them similar.


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Are the wires twisted?
If they aren't then you have a very bad connection.
If they are then it's not too bad but still,
Replace it with a wire nut.
 

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Before there were wire nuts this was one way of connecting wires, though usually a rubber boot was used instead of tape. As long as it's well insulated, I wouldn't worry much about it. The mechanical connection is solid. More solid than a wire nut.
 

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Not twisted, I believe.
I wouldn't trust a crimp sleeve to bond solid wires together that are not twisted. Especially if the crimp was just flattened with pliers and not crimped with a proper crimp tool.
If they were twisted well then maybe that's fine.

If I were you I'd twist the wires together, then use a wire nut.
 

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That's how it was done 50 years ago and has lasted this long. As long as the insulation is not brittle, there is no reason to mistrust the connection or the wire all of a sudden.
 
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