Did you know that wires are one of the most easily damaged pieces of equipment that you can use? They can be pinched, frayed, or broken. Too much pressure or bending in a sharp direction can cause it to stop working. This can happen more than you think with power tools, lighting, and more. But instead of having you buy new wires, in this blog, we are going to show you ways in which you can restore a broken connection with a wire lug or wire connector.
Before beginning any wiring process be sure to unplug the electrical device.
Using a wire stripper strip off a ¼ inch of insulation for crimp wire connectors and 5/8 inch when using alumiconn. Once the insulation is removed you are ready to re-attach the wires.
There are three different wire lugs to use:
Crimp wire connectors are designed for wires that don’t give you enough slack. Place one of the recently stripped wire ends into the connector and use a crimping tool or pliers to tighten the wire. Repeat this process for the other end. If you want to prevent water damage for this wiring, use a heat shrink tube placed over the connector and shrink it with a hairdryer or heat gun.
Old homes typically use aluminum wiring, which can cause electrical hazards. Save money on rewiring by opting for electrical connectors.
Homes built before 1970 typically use aluminum wiring, which causes several problems. AlumiConn Aluminum to Copper lugs allow you to repair aluminum wiring without the costly process of rewiring.
Wago connectors make it easy to splice wires together and replace terminal strips and junction boxes. Read our guide to learn about the different types of connectors and the NEC requirements.
While we recommend contacting an electrician for any electrical repair, this guide can help you follow along to see what steps they may take to install an AlumiConn Aluminum to Copper Lug. Use the lugs in accordance with local and national electrical code.
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