Anybody up on the state-of-the-art in making connections for low
voltage landscape lighting cable connections?
I've used various dodges over the years to connect the black "lamp
cord" - rubbish push-together taps, big screw together boxes,
automotive splices/taps, etc. The local BORG tells me "we don't carry
connectors for that anymore, just the cable, fixtures and bulbs".
Current issue is above ground, but exposed to elements. Also have
some unreliable "semi-buried" taps I'd like to replace when I get a
Can't say as I know what current practice is. Like you, I abhor those
cheesy connection methods.
Me, I'd make connections by soldering them (how old-school!), covering
joints with shrink wrap (OK, a little more high-tech), the finally by
wrapping in good electrical tape (like that really sticky 3M stuff).
Which might be overkill, but would definitely last.
The fashion in killing has an insouciant, flirty style this spring,
with the flaunting of well-defined muscle, wrapped in flags.
I've never soldered while up an extension ladder before, but it is
supposed to be good for one to try new things.
For the ground level stuff, has anybody used the wirenuts that are
supposedly rated for direct burial? I gather they come pre-filled
with goo (like ones for Al pigtailling?? different goo, I imagine).
Think I'll go with some sort of crimp connection and a bunch of tape
for the aerial work.
For LV hillbilly connections, I gather the wires together and tie them
in a knot to provide strain relief, so that all the wires to be
connected are side-by side. I then connect and protect them using
whatever is handy. Wirenuts and caulk or grease come to mind. Shrink
wrap would probably be a lot less messy.
Gotta do what cha gotta do. HF has cheap shrink wrap. Avoid candle wax
in the wire nut. It might heat up and melt.
I have used caulk on engine plug wires / distributor caps for sealing.
Amazing how the water stays out.
The telephone industry has been using a grease filled wire connector for
many years. It's probably silicone grease ... only problem here is
these devices are only good for small gauge, 24 or 26 solid wire. But,
the idea of the grease has been tried and true.
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