If you use plumbing flux, _clean_ the result very thoroughly. Acid flux eats
copper. Much more critical with electronics (small wires etc) and usually not
a factor with plumbing (big copper ;-), it still can matter with house wiring.
Chris Lewis, Una confibula non set est
It's not just anyone who gets a Starship Cruiser class named after them.
The switch is rated to 21a (240v), so #12 internal is fine, but the line
going to it (about 80') had to be #10/3.
Actually I only plan on using it for 14a (120v) so #12, or even #14, would
have been fine; but it seemed prudent to set it up for a larger generator
since the work is about the same.
I would use wire nuts that have a brass insert with a set screw that you
tighten onto the wires, after trimming the excess hanging out the insert you
screw on a plastic cap. When finished it looks just like a twist-on wire
nut. A "Marr #2 insulated wire connector" is listed as good for two solid or
stranded #10 wires down to five #14s.
I called every electrical supply house in town. They will order me a box of
100, but don't carry it. Some will also order me the Ideal equivalent, but
don't stock them either.
You wouldn't have 4 you could toss in an envelop would you?
I would be most grateful. The alternative seems to be soldering them, and I
am not having any better luck with that; my soldering iron is not big
Home Depot carries the split bolts, but insulating them would be a problem.
I am still not sure why you are having so much trouble with a wirenut. If you
have a red one. wrap the stranded around the solid with a bit of the stranded
beyond the solid and twist on the nut I don't know how you would pull them
apart without breaking the wire.
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