Does anyone have a sure fire method for wirenutting/pigtailing stranded and
solid wire together? Seems like when I do it half the time the stranded
will pull out when light force is applied to the wire. Does it help to cut
the solid wire a bit shorter than the stranded wire so that the stranded
wire can wrap around the end of the solid wire and not push out when screwed
onto the wire nut?
Some types of wire nuts just grab better than others. Twist the wires
together then cut the end off so they're even, then screw on the nut. Be
sure to hold both the wires together tightly as you screw on the nut
Although your connections should be secure without this "trick" you
can try continuing to turn the wire nut until the insulated portion of
the wires twists as well (for a short distance). This reduces the
chances that the wires will pull out in practice. DON'T OVERTWIST THE
INSULATED WIRES or you may damage the insulation.
Hope this helps,
You answered your own question.
The trick is to twist the all the solids. Then when you put the
stranded beside the copper let the strands stick up a little farther
than the solid. It will make a solid catch every time.
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