Menards now has the WAGO push connectors in stock. Also checked with
my electrical distributor and they are stocking them, another brand,
possibly Ideal. Looks like the answer to the pigtailing aggravation
using wire nuts on 12 gauge.
The distributor says the pros have had good results and they are
competitive with wire nuts in volume sales. Plan to use them soon and
report any difficulties, as we have all seen backstab problems before.
I'd never use those in my own home but they do have a place for those tight-ass
penny-pinching customers that always want to save a
Come to think of it, they are the perfect match for those cheap plastic space
heaters at China Mart. Heh heh heh!
What's the aggravation? I've used wirenuts on #12 for years and never
had a problem. Maybe you should just hire an electrician if you cant
handle the job. Any backstab type shit is just that..... SHIT, and
shit that can burn your house down and kill people.
I recall when I looked in a box to see if there was room for
another wire in it. When I poked it the wire nut on the untwisted
wires shot off. The proper procedure is to strip the wires, twist
them together tight, trim off the tip, and then twist on a wirenut.
So I'm not the only one that has seen wirenuts take flight when startled....
I'm no electrician, so when I wire, I go slow, and do at least a
one-grunt pull test on every wirenut before I stuff it back in the box.
If I was doing it for pay, the boss would switch me to piecework. But
the connections stay connected, and the lights don't flicker.
The problem is not a simple 2 wire connection, it is the hassle of
pigtailing ( which is 3 wires) as I pointed out. Better pigtails use
stranded, and the push connectors do that nicely.
If you have actually done this with #12 and wire nuts and then tested
your connections, you will recall there are occasional pull outs and
Or maybe you're perfect...
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