: > [description of pre-twisting wires before using wirenuts
: > >Same here; All I use the wire nuts for is insulation. I
: > >tape them with rubber tape. Lots of people are going to
: > >with this, but ... so be it <g>.
: > Not so much an argument (ie: an attempt to change your
opinion) as just
: > stating another opinion...
: > I don't bother with tape as I find that good wirenuts
: > into the wire a bit and hold in place well. A well
pre-twisted set of
: > wires provides a good even surface for the wirenut to hold
onto, and if
: > I ever have to take the connection apart, I don't have to put
: > a sticky mess.
: I always twist, no tape. PS Knight (the Canadian wiring bible)
: makes a remark that it's usually a sign that the electrician
: the wires too long, and the tape is to hide the bare bits.
: on to remark that an inspector will often tear the tape off
: to check the workmanship for just that reason.
True. But usually only one, in my experience. Usually, unless
you make a mess of it, all they do is press a thumbnail into the
tape to feel for the edge of the insulation strip - it's not hard
I also leave a tiny "flap" on the end of the tape, just in
case I want to untape it someday, and I've had a few "somedays"
due to changed minds, too. He spotted the flap and used it to
unwind the first one, then just "thumbed" the rest on my latest
I like the tape because it keeps bugs etc. out and it looks
nice and isn't that much trouble to do for me.